How do you return home from war when the world has left you behind?

Neglected by his country, forgotten by his young children.

Upon returning home from Vietnam 9 years after his capture, Thompson was greeted only by his wife, Alyce. Glory Denied is the achingly beautiful story of Jim and Alyce’s painful reunion in the aftermath of war.

Their story inspires us to understand the experiences of our local combat veterans. How do they want to be welcomed home? How do they integrate from military to civilian life? How can we support them in this process? How can the arts help to share their stories?


Don Parrish & Tom Raisor, Veterans of Battery C
Carolyn Furdek, Veteran and Author, Locked-In
Jeremy Harrell, Founder / Chairman of Veteran’s Club and also Co-Chair of VCAL; Kentucky Veteran of the Year
Heather French Henry, Veterans’ Advocate
John Miles III, Veteran Coordinator, Office for Veterans, Louisville Metro Government
Joseph Mechavich, Opera Conductor and Kentucky Opera’s Artistic Advisor

Special Invited Guests:

Betty Stone, Spouse of Battery C Veteran, Skippy Stone
Jeff Thoke, Honor Flight Bluegrass
Lindsay Gargotto, USAF Veteran; Athena’s Sisters Founder

With performances from the cast of Kentucky Opera’s Glory Denied.

Join us for arts-centered community conversations that challenge tradition, question social narratives and invite varied perspectives.

Welcoming our Heroes Home: Bridging the Divide
Tuesday, October 1

5 pm — Informational resources for Veterans
6 to 8 pm – Interactive panel discussion and per-formances

In partnership with and hosted by The Frazier History Museum

Frazier History Museum
829 West Main Street
Louisville, KY 40202

RSVP Online
Free admission and pizza courtesy of Papa John’s Veteran Employee Resource Group

Follow the conversation at #GloryDenied