American Forces Press Service
Aug. 21, 2008 - Military families, mental health professionals, educators, pastors and other interested parties are invited to attend an educational seminar addressing issues facing Military families who don't live near installations. "We are concerned with the needs of Military families who are unable to access support and services because they live too far away from a Military base," said Susan Hamilton, director of operations for Armed Forces Support Coalition, a seminar sponsor. "It's important to educate many segments of the community about the difficulties these families face, so we are all prepared to be supportive."
The Colorado Joint Family Support Assistance Program will host the Sept. 13 seminar in Ignacio, Colo. The free program will begin at 10 a.m. and conclude at 2 p.m., with lunch included.
Guests scheduled to speak at the seminar include Military family life consultants, a Military OneSource consultant and an Operation Military Kids representative. Other speakers will discuss post-traumatic stress disorder, traumatic brain injury and the challenges these issues bring to families and communities.
These topics will be of special interest to school counselors, mental health professionals, and pastors, Armed Forces Support Coalition officials said.
Seating is limited, so those interested in attending the seminar must register before Sept. 1.
Armed Forces Support Coalition is a supporter of America Supports You, a Defense Department program connecting citizens and companies with servicemembers and their families serving at home and abroad.
(From an Armed Forces Support Coalition news release.)