War Stories and Free Beer

Updated: December 17, 2013

War Stories and Free Beer is a two hour event in which four veterans will each share a story from their deployment(s), along with their personal photographs. Previous topics have ranged from the road to recovery after losing limbs to meeting your spouse when deployed.

After the stories, there is a short Q+A with all the speakers. The goal of our event is to bridge the civilian-military-gap and break down some language barriers – in an atmosphere anchored by a universal love of beer.

Over a decade since 9/11, still too little is known about what it means to serve in a time of war. War Stories and Free Beer encourages veterans to share their stories with those interested in learning more.

Date/Time: December 19th, 7 PM (ends at 9 PM)

Price: $10 – all ticket sales and money raised at the event will go to the Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America and the Green Beret Foundation.

Location: The Fairmont Hotel (24th and M, NW) Washington, DC


Mark Little, a Captain who retired from the US Army in 2009 after serving in Iraq with the 3rd Infantry Division. He will be talking about experiences leading Soldiers and the effects of combat on our Warfighters.

Garrett Berntsen, who served twice in Afghanistan with the 82nd Airborne Division between 2009 and 2012. He will be discussing his experience during the 2009 troop surge in Kandahar. He’s currently working on his Masters Degree at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced and International Studies.

Danny Lorenz, a Green Beret with 20th Special Forces Group and will be speaking about a deployment to Iraq that took place from 2006 – 2007.

Dave Waikart, a Captain in the Army’s Military Intelligence, will be speaking about “The War You Don’t See.” Hint: there’s a lot of power point! Dave also recently earned his Masters Degree in international security from the Georgetown School of Foreign Service.

Devin Reagan, a Green Beret who served with 10th Special Forces Group from 2006 – 2010 and now serves with 20th Special Forces Group. He recently earned his Masters Degree in international security from the Georgetown School of Foreign Service.

Here is a short video on War Stories and Free Beer and more information from GORUCK.




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