Boise State is sponsoring two upcoming events aimed at furthering the conversation on veterans’ issues. Events are free and open to the public.
Feb. 21: Connecting the Community to Veterans
Held from 7-9 p.m. in the Student Union Jordan Ballroom, this event presented by Boise State and the Boise VA Medical Center includes a viewing of the “Private Combat” video, a presentation on “Understanding PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder) and a Q&A with combat veterans.
Feb. 28: From War Zone to Home-Front
Charles W. Hoge will speak at Boise State from noon-1:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 28, in the Special Events Center. The speech, part of a daylong event titled “From War Zone to Home-Front,” is free and open to the public. For special accommodations, contact Margaret Beierle at margaretbeierle.boisestate.edu or 426-4218.
Faculty, staff and service providers also are invited to attend a one-hour session focused on helping veterans make a successful transition back into the community from 10-11 a.m. in the Student Union Barnwell Room. The session is free but limited. RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org or 426-4218 by Feb. 15.
Hoge is a retired colonel in the U.S. Army and a national expert on PTSD, traumatic brain injury and other physiological reactions to war. Recognizing that soldiers and their family members undergo change during deployment, Hoge helps them better understand each other’s experiences, providing important insight as to how they can take back their lives and support each other.
His book, “Once a Warrior — Always a Warrior: Navigating the Transition from Combat to Home,” has become the essential handbook to help returning soldiers and their families understand the physical and mental changes caused by war. The book focuses on what it takes to make a successful transition from living in a combat zone to living on the home-front.
From 2002 to 2009, Hoge directed the U.S. research program on the mental health and neurological effects of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq at Walter Reed Army Institute of Research. In 2004, he deployed to Iraq, traveling throughout the country to improve stress care in the field.