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First Week of Activities For and About Veterans to be Hosted at Duquesne

For the first time on Duquesne University's campus, the recognition of veterans will extend beyond Veterans Day to a week full of activities.

For years, the Duquesne campus has hosted the state's largest morning gathering of veterans at a Veterans Day breakfast. The breakfast will continue, but this year events branch out to include a lecture, a documentary screening and a military appreciation night at the men's basketball opener for the University's 100th season.

The events focus on the education of veterans, said Dr. James Swindal, dean of the McAnulty College and Graduate School of Liberal Arts, which is sponsoring this landmark week.

"These events serve Duquesne's educational mission," Swindal said, "particularly the moral and spiritual educational that is specific to Duquesne."

Military and veteran students comprise nearly 3 percent of the student body and are registered in all nine schools, said Don Accamando, director of the University's Office of Military and Veteran Students. About two-thirds of these veteran-students are enrolled in the McAnulty College.

"We are proud of the recognition that we've earned as a Military Friendly school, but our reputation extends beyond the slogan," Accamando said. "We take great pride in our ability to provide valuable services that our student veterans need."

Events during the week will include:

Monday, Nov. 9, 7 p.m.

Room 104, College Hall; free and open to the public

Dr. Edward Tick, Warriors and Warfare: The Sacred and Profane

Tick, an internationally recognized healer and psychotherapist, is co-founder and director of the nonprofit Soldier's Heart. He has served as the U.S. Army and Air Force National Guard expert in the holistic healing of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, training more than 2,500 chaplains and officers. Author of the award-winning book War and the Soul, Tick will discuss war's roots in religious traditions, moral vs. immoral use of force, the prevalence of the shadow as well as the spiritual warrior, and essential conditions needed for spiritual healing of troops and veterans. He also will share how best to serve veterans' spiritual distress in the combat zone and upon return.

Wednesday, Nov. 11

17th annual Veterans Breakfast, 8-9:30 a.m., brought to you by the Veterans Leadership Program of Western Pennsylvania and sponsored by UPMC

Ballroom, Duquesne Union

$35 a ticket, with proceeds benefiting the Veterans Leadership Program, Shepherd's Heart Fellowship, Friends of Danang and the Duquesne University Endowed Veteran Student Resource Fund

Keynote speakers are Col. David Ristedt, offering Military Perspective: What is PTSD and TBI; veteran Dan Pultz, Time to Take Action; and veteran Tom Cannon, How a Service Dog Changed My Life.

Emcee will be Tony Accamando, a veteran, DU alumnus and local activist for veteran's causes is spearheading a mission to raise money for service dogs for a Duquesne student veteran or military service member in need of service dog would provide. His group has a long-term goal to provide 22 dogs to veterans, in the hopes of preventing one suicide among this group a day.

Thursday, Nov 12

Screening of Project 22, a documentary raising awareness of 22 suicides a day among veterans who served in Iran, Iraq and Afghanistan; 6 p.m. reception followed by 7 p.m. screening

Peter Mills Auditorium, Rockwell Hall; free and open to the public

Dr. Roger Brooke, founder and director of Duquesne's free military psychological services, is interviewed in the documentary. He will be present, along with executive producer and law school alumnus Theo Collins, and the two vets who made a cross-country motorcycle ride to raise awareness of the suicide issue.

Friday, Nov. 13

Military Appreciation Day at opening game of Duquesne's 100th men's basketball season, 7 p.m.
A.J. Palumbo Center

A flag unfurling ceremony with the Sgt. Ryan Lane Platoon, named for a local serviceman killed in Afghanistan whose family has Duquesne ties, will precede the game. At halftime, members of the different branches of the military will have friendly competition.

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