08 February 2010

Clayton State Student Veterans Association Hosts Workshop/Presentation on Homecomings

The Clayton State University Student Veterans Association (SVA) is hosting a workshop/presentation on Thursday, Feb. 25. Entitled, “Homecomings: Community Responsiveness to Troops, Veterans and their Families,” the presenters will be LTC Peter Bauer, MS, USAR; LCSW, LMFT, BCD, and the Rev. Alan Roof, staff chaplain at the Shepherd Center. The event will take place in the Clayton State Student Activities Center Ballroom from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and is free and open to the public.

In addition to inviting the Clayton State campus and the general public, SVA will also be personally inviting local mental health professionals, medical professionals, law enforcement personnel, and clergy to attend.

The workshop/presentation is designed to provide community members (i.e., civilians) with information about the challenges active military troops and veterans face when transitioning back into civilian life and how communities can help them through this process. Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and traumatic brain injury (TBI) will be discussed, as well as how to support active military troops and veterans who are experiencing these challenges. In addition to providing information on supporting the impacted military personnel, ways to support the military families will also be addressed. Contact information for help resources will be available as well.

“Veterans, for the most part, do not want to be treated special – they just want to be treated with respect and consideration, just like anyone else,” says SVA’s Diana Peters. “The SVA believes this workshop/presentation will help strengthen the foundation of Clayton State University as a military-friendly campus.”

The Student Veterans Association supports The Shepherd Center/SHARE Initiative (www.shepherd.org) and Veteran’s Heart Georgia (www.veteransheartgeorgia.org).
A unit of the University System of Georgia, Clayton State University is an outstanding comprehensive metropolitan university located 15 miles southeast of downtown Atlanta.
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