Please join the Veterans’ Programs Office in Memorial Day events Tues., May 31 and Wed., June 1

Please join the Veterans’ Programs Office for the following events:

Tues., May 31
Memorial Day Flag Raising Ceremony
12:30–1 p.m. at the Flag Pole
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Tues., May 31
Town Hall with Sebastian Junger & Patricia Murphy
Homecoming and Belonging for Veterans
7:30pm – Town Hall (Doors open as 6:30)
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Many veterans have a hard time adjusting to normal life when they return from war. Post-traumatic stress disorder and suicidal thoughts can plague their daily activities.

What makes this process particularly difficult is the “tribe-like” mentality of soldiers during war. They spend all of their time together, they work together, they feed together, and they hunt together. When they return to “individualist societies,” the support of their comrades is lost. Author Sebastian Junger (Tribe, War) will appear in conversation with KUOW military and veteran reporter Patricia Murphy for a discussion of this re-entry process, and how ordinary citizens can ease this transition. As Junger suggests, perhaps if everyone recognizes and embraces the distinct tribes or groups they’re affiliated with, it could shed light on the nation’s problems when it comes to feelings of belonging.

Wed., June 1
Movie Screening and Discussion
That Which I Love Destroys Me
2:30-4:30 p.m., Room 1402
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That Which I Love Destroys Me is a unique and powerful film by director Ric Roman Waugh. TWILDM is an uncensored look at the current epidemic of PTSD and severe mental trauma that create tremendous challenges for returning service members. A five-year labor of love, TWILDM followed two Special Operations Soldiers as they returned home after fighting in the longest combat campaign in American history only to face a new battle; the effects and stigma of PTSD and reintegration as a whole. But more importantly, the documentary addresses how they’re overcoming these issues.

Our sincere thanks for your continued support of our student veterans and our program.  We hope to see you there!

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