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Quilting Kentucky's Stories: Hope by Terry Hall

This Memorial Day, Terry Hall joins us with a story of hope and healing. While Terry's story has a happy ending, he describes the darkest period of his life as he dealt with alcoholism and post traumatic stress, including thoughts of of suicide, deaths during war, and a description of the murder of a friend.  Please take care of yourself while listening to this episode.

Terry Hall is a disabled Army veteran from eastern Kentucky who enlisted in the US Army after graduating high school in 1983. He quickly rose to the rank of W2 due to his outstanding leadership skills and commitment. In 1991, Terry was deployed to the Middle East for Operation Desert Storm, where he demonstrated bravery and determination in the face of danger. After returning from serving in the Gulf War, he has struggled with PTS and has recently turned to writing as a way to share his story and inspire and encourage others. Terry has been married to his wife Vickie for 30 years and together they have 3 sons, 3 daughters-in-law, 4 grandchildren, and 1 fur baby.

Theme song "Appalachian Lofi" composed and performed by Bryan Klausing and Christine Cole.

If you are struggling with thoughts of suicide, call 988 or visit

For veterans struggling with post traumatic stress, you can find out more about the Save a Warrior project at their website 

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Tales from the Kentucky Room is hosted by Mariam Addarrat and produced by Erin West.

Mariam is the Manager of Collection Services. She has worked at the Lexington Public Library since 2013, where she started as a Librarian at the Central Library. Currently, she’s enjoying listening to podcasts on history, cooking, parenting, and gardening.

Erin is the Virtual Services Librarian. She's worked for Lexington Public Library since 2003 and began her work with audio editing in 2012 while working at the Northside Branch. Erin enjoys listening to history, true crime and tv show recap podcasts.

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