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CSUS plans conference for women veterans

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POSTED February 17, 2014 8:45 p.m.

TURLOCK — California State University, Stanislaus will honor women veterans on Thursday, Feb. 20, by hosting the Women Warrior Wellness Conference, a free all-day event that will include an opening ceremony in the morning, a wide range of speakers on veteran services in the afternoon and a social hour featuring Native American music in the evening. 

The event will begin with the opening ceremony at 10 a.m. in the Faculty Development Center, with traditional military presentations and remarks from CSU Stanislaus President Joseph F. Sheley and representatives from the CSU system, Swords to Plowshares, Stanislaus County Behavioral Health and Recovery Services, Ripon High School JROTC and the office of Congressman Jeff Denham, among others.

Lunch will be served from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. in the Event Center, where tables will be set up promoting various resources for veterans. The afternoon program, from 1:30 to 4 p.m. in the Event Center, will feature a number of different speakers.

Representatives from CSU Stanislaus will speak from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. about the various services available to student veterans, including disability services, psychological counseling and more. At 2:30 p.m., a talk on comprehensive primary care for women will be given by Linda Kleinsasser, R.N., the Women Veteran Program manager at the VA Palo Alto Health Care System. That will be followed by a panel of mental health speakers, including experts on art therapy, transgender issues, readjustment counseling and domestic violence.

The evening program, from 4:30 to 8 p.m. in the Faculty Development Center, will be a social hour with food and refreshments available.

For more information on the Women Warrior Wellness Conference, contact Jennifer Grigoriou at jgrigoriou@csustan.edu or (209) 667-3381.

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