St. Bonaventure University, in collaboration with the Veterans One-Stop Center and the PFC Joseph P. Dywer Peer Support Program, will host a conference on Friday, Oct. 16, titled “Military in Our Communities: Continuing the Mission.”
The conference will be held at Hilbert College in Hamburg from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The conference will include workshops that will address social, psychological, medical, educational, legal and spiritual issues related to military members and their families as they transition to and enrich their communities.
The keynote speaker will be Col. Charles Hoge, a national expert on post-traumatic stress syndrome (PTSD) and traumatic brain injuries (TBI).
Col. Hoge, author of “Once a Warrior, Always a Warrior,” is the former director of the top U.S. research program at Walter Reed Army Institute of Research on the psychological and neurological consequences of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. He has testified about these issues before the Senate and House of Representatives.
Col. Hoge will address the alarming rate of veteran suicides (22 per day).
In addition, Fr. Louis Iasiello, O.F.M., will be one of the workshop presenters. A retired rear admiral with the Navy, Fr. Louis served as the 23rd chief of chaplains of the United States Navy from 2003 to 2006.
A former St. Bonaventure trustee, Fr. Louis is a well-known Just War theorist. He is a professor of Humanities and director of Human Formation at the Pontifical College Josephinum in Columbus, Ohio.
Tables of information will be available during lunch, and a presentation will be made by Roger Woodworth, director of the Veterans One-Stop Center. The day will end with a Town Hall meeting.
Registration can be done online at http://www.militaryinourcommunities.eventbrite.com.
The conference is $50 for professionals and general public, $20 for students and members of the military, and $30 for military family members. A limited number of scholarships are available to veterans and their families and students who are veterans.
For further information, contact Dr. Barbara Trolley at firstname.lastname@example.org or (716) 646-1500, ext. 24; or Mary McParlane at email@example.com (716) 995-4350.
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