Presentation Focuses on Issues Related to Military Service

University Park, IL-(ENEWSPF)- Issues related to serving in the military are not limited to veterans. Often the effects of their experiences are felt by their family and friends, and in their community. The issues facing veterans and the people who care about them will be discussed in a presentation at Governors State University, in University Park. The event, “Deployment, Homecoming, and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD),” will be held on Wednesday, March 20, from 1 to 4:30 p.m., in the university’s Engbretson Hall. The event is free and everyone is welcome.

John Mundt, Ph.D., Staff Psychologist at the Jesse Brown VA Medical Center in Chicago, will speak about readjustment problems experienced by many veterans of war zone service, and how problems may manifest in a higher education setting. Mundt will focus on the experiences of both deployment and homecoming, with an emphasis on what civilians need to know in order to better understand student veterans and support them in their transition home. He will also discuss the cause and effects of PTSD. Additional topics on the agenda are readjustment problems including addiction and substance abuse, suicide, violence, and aggression. Mundt’s presentation is geared toward informing non-clinicians working in higher education, as well as family and friends.

This event is supported by an Intellectual Life Grant and is sponsored by the Friends of the GSU Library, the GSU Office of Veterans and Military Personnel, and Student Senate.

“We saw a need within GSU and the surrounding community,” said Ann Manning-Nagle, President of the GSU Friends of the Library. “We wanted to offer our support to returning veterans by providing information that will help them as well as those who love, support, and work with them.”