Monday, October 06, 2014

Portage Library to host Oct. 8 presentation for veterans, their families, counselors, more

HOUGHTON -- The Portage Lake District Library will host the Community Coalition on Grief and Bereavement for a public presentation from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 8. A panel of speakers will present "The Impact of Traumatic Grief and PTSD on Veterans and Their Families."

The purpose of this program is to provide veterans and those who care about them the information they need to understand traumatic grief and PTSD (Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder) and learn how to regain mental and physical health.

Panel speakers include Derek VanBuren, administrative sergeant at the Ishpeming National Guard Armory and a veteran wounded in the Afghanistan War; Christy Girard, Psy.D., psychologist at the Veterans Administration Clinic in Hancock; and Chaplain Herb Becker, chaplain with the Veterans Administration in Iron Mountain.

Veterans, their families, therapists, counselors, clergy, and health care workers are especially encouraged to attend. All are welcome. Light refreshments will be served.

Library programs are free and everyone is welcome. For more information, please call the library at 482-4570 or visit

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