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Duquesne Salutes Members of Armed Services through Programs, Psychology Clinic

On Memorial Day, as thoughts arise about the sacrifices that members of our armed forces and their families have made, we also have opportunity to reflect on the lives and issues of recent veterans and those currently in the military service. Duquesne University reaches out to those in the military, their families and veterans in a number of ways.

Currently, about 350 military students are enrolled in graduate and undergraduate studies at Duquesne. The University's School of Leadership and Professional Advancement (SLPA), which attracts most of Duquesne's veteran/military students, provides a wide variety of services that demonstrate military friendliness. Duquesne is a proud partner with the Veterans Administration through the Yellow Ribbon Program, the post 9/11 GI Bill and other programs, and assists veterans and their families who attend SLPA with scholarships for their military service. Visit www.duq.edu/veterans for background.

The Military Psychological Clinic is a free service to active or veteran military members, particularly those serving in Iraq and Afghanistan, as well as their friends and families, Dr. Roger Brooke, director of military psychological services, discusses the numbness and grief that soldiers may suffer as part of PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder), noting that cultures around the world know the psychological wounds of war.

"Our own society lacks healing rituals for returning warriors, and leaves the veteran frequently isolated, misunderstood and seen as a mental health 'case,'" said Brooke, a veteran himself.  "What combat veterans have is a knowledge-not a 'belief'-that the human fabric of the world is thinner than those at home can ever imagine. The challenge in returning from war is to find a way to live a life that embraces this knowledge, which is never far from one's mind. Remembering the dead in grief is a way of honoring them and, as the years go by, of honoring our ancestors."

Learn more about the clinic at www.duq.edu/psychology-clinic/military-services.cfm.

Shepherd's Heart Fellowship, an Uptown shelter for homeless veterans, partners with Duquesne students in the sciences (http://www.duq.edu/science/service-learning/shepherds-heart.cfm) and occupational therapy programs to provide comfort and improve life skills.

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Founded in 1878, Duquesne is consistently ranked among the nation's top Catholic universities for its award-winning faculty and tradition of academic excellence. Duquesne, a campus of nearly 9,500 graduate and undergraduate students, has been nationally recognized for its academic programs, community service and commitment to sustainability. Follow Duquesne University on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.