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2008 News Releases

Longwood salutes and supports veterans on Nov. 11

November 7, 2008

American Flag Photo Credit: Kristin Smith

On Tuesday, November 11, Longwood University will host a Veterans Day program—From Combat to College and Beyond—the first of its kind in Longwood’s history. Sponsored by the Longwood Student Veterans Group (LSV), the program will be held on campus from 3:30 to 5:00 p.m. in the Lankford Student Union ballroom, and will address many of the transitional issues facing veterans returning from combat theatres in Iraq and Afghanistan. It will also provide an educational forum for interested members of the public, as well as faculty, staff, and students to begin a dialogue on the topics of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBIs).

The keynote speaker will be Martha Mead of the Virginia Department of Veterans Services’ new Virginia Wounded Warrior Program, which coordinates support services for veterans with stress-related and traumatic brain injuries from combat.  Longwood alumnus Tom DeWitt, a veteran and member of Longwood’s Board of Visitors, and Capt. Nate Merrigan, ROTC assistant professor of military science, will speak as well.  The event is free and open to the public.

For additional program details, please contact Susan C. Stinson in the Department of English and Modern Languages at 434.395.2113 or stinsonsc@longwood.edu.