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UW-Eau Claire Event to Discuss Concerns
of Students Who Are Returning Military Veterans

RELEASED: April 8, 2008

EAU CLAIRE — The effects of post-traumatic stress disorder and other issues of concern to university students who are returning military veterans will be the focus of a presentation and panel discussion from 2:30-4 p.m. Thursday, April 17, in Davies Theatre, Davies Center, at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.

Presenters at the event will be Daniel McCann, clinical social worker for the Veterans Health Administration at the Chippewa Valley VA Clinic, and Maj. Cynthia Rasmussen of the U.S. Army Reserve Combat Operational Stress Control Program at Fort Snelling, Minn. In addition, a panel of students who also are military veterans will discuss their experiences.

McCann earned a bachelor's degree from UW-Eau Claire after serving in the U.S. Army. He then worked for eight years with a variety of adolescents in several different positions before earning a master's degree in clinical social work from the College of St. Catherine/University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minn. His final internship was completed at the Minneapolis VA Medical Center on the Post-Traumatic Stress Recovery Team. McCann as served in his current position at the Chippewa Valley VA Clinic since 2005.

Rasmussen, a psychiatric nurse with the U.S. Army Reserve for 18 years, is the combat stress officer and sexual assault response coordinator for the 88th Regional Readiness Command in Fort Snelling. She is a registered nurse and adult nurse practitioner who conducts presentations nationwide on military service member, veteran and family reintegration issues with the goal of educating communities, families, service members and employers to support and assist in veterans' reintegration.

For more information about the event, contact Bonnie Isaacson, UW-Eau Claire nontraditional student adviser, at isaacsbj@uwec.edu or 715-836-3259.

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