Nov 12, 2013 |
St. Bonaventure University will host a panel discussion titled “Veterans and Their Families: Identification of Needs, Support and Services” from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 14, in the William F. Walsh Science Center auditorium.
Dr. Barbara Trolley, chair of the university’s Disability Committee, hopes the discussion will spark more interest and awareness in veterans’ needs, not only on campus, but also within the entire community.
“Our moderator is Dr. Greg Gibbs (SBU education professor) and he is very active in the American Legion and is holding a number of offices within the American Legion nationally,” said Trolley.
The six panelists include:
- Matthew Baker, who served in Iraq in 2006 as a member of the Army’s Mental Advisory Team-IV attached to the MNF-I’s Surgeon General’s Office.
- Warrant Officer Kevin Bridge.
- Retired Master Sgt. Francis Morales, a well-decorated ROTC drill instructor at St. Bonaventure, has been deployed numerous times to locations such as Rwanda, Africa, the Balkans and Afghanistan.
- Br. David W. Schlatter, O.F.M., who served seven years as the chaplain at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Md., working with veterans and wounded servicemen and women returning from Afghanistan and their families.
- Betty Marie Sullivan, M.S., L.M.S.W., a Navy wife who has served in numerous organizations to aid in the recovery process of veterans returning from overseas.
- Retired First Sgt. Edward Zackery, who enlisted in the United States Army as a fire support specialist in March of 1987. He served as section chief and platoon sergeant while on duty. works in the Medina County Veterans’ Service Office and serves as second vice president for the National Association for County Veterans Service Officers. Zackery spends time in Washington, D.C., educating legislators on the needs of our veterans as well as assisting the V.A. on how to deliver those benefits to our veterans.
“I’d like to continue to make Bonaventure a veteran-friendly campus,” Trolley said. “We have a veterans lounge and I’m looking into more things to better serve veterans as students.”
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