Veterans Day 2014 in Northern Michigan

Veterans Day is a day that honors and celebrates people who have served and are currently serving in the U.S. Armed Forces. This year it takes place on Tuesday, November, 11 and there are quite a few events going on in Northern Michigan to honor those who have served, including a three-day lineup from a local organization called A Matter of Honor.

A Matter of Honor Events

A Matter of Honor is a local grassroots organization that was formed about a year ago.  In that period of time it has attained status as a moving force in developing awareness in our population regarding post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in our military and veteran populations. Since inception A Matter of Honor has brought seven educational events to the Traverse city area. For this upcoming Veterans Day they will be hosting a series of events designed to honor veterans and educate citizens regarding PTSD.

To learn more about A Matter of Honor, go to their website.

Sunday, November 9

The community is invited to attend an evening event beginning at 5 pm that will be held at Mulligan’s. Dr. Jonathan Shay is a scholar, physician, humanitarian and author. He also treated veterans with PTSD in the VA system for more than 20 years. He will be signing his books, Achilles in Vietnam: Combating Trauma and Undoing of Character and Odysseus in America: Combat Trauma and the Trials of Homecoming. The cost of the event is $25 and includes hors d’oeuvres, a cash bar and an option to stay for dinner.

During his time in Traverse City Dr. Shay will speak about innovative counseling techniques dealing specifically with moral injury. These new counseling groups will target the integration of community, the VA, spirituality and that expansive wealth of wisdom that resides in veterans who have experience and survived PTSD over the years.

Monday, November 10

A day long conference focused around PTSD will be held from 8 am–4:30 pm at the Holiday Inn West Bay. This conference holds a dual purpose. Professionals in the behavioral sciences will find 6.5 continuing educational units (CEUs) awarded the program by the credentialing agency for social workers.

Much of the information presented will be of interest to citizens across the board. In an attempt to reach as many people as possible, the admission rates are variable. For those requiring CEU’s the admission rate is $129 and includes lunch and break refreshments.

For the general public the admission rate is $50 and for veterans and students it’s $25.  Lunch is not included for these special rates. A general overview will be given of PTSD and an emphasis on current thinking regarding moral injury and combat related PTSD will be discussed.

The speakers will include Dr. Jonathan Shay, Dr. Neil O’Donnell psychologist specializing in dissociative disorder, Rabbi Chava Bahle minister of the Universalist Unitarian Church, Tim Keenan, President of Veterans for Peace and LTC (retired) Linda Fletcher, CEO, A Matter of Honor will moderate.

Tuesday November 11 (Veterans Day)

This FREE event takes place from 6:15-7:15 pm at the State Theatre in Downtown Traverse City. Dr. Shay will give a presentation and following the event there will be a book signing and and an opportunity to mingle in Horizon Shine Café, located in the basement of Horizon Books.

Other Veteran’s Day Activities around Northern Michigan

Petoskey: A free breakfast will be held at the North Central Michigan College cafeteria from 8-10 am for veterans and their families. The event is sponsored by Chase Bank and the Student Veteran’s Association to show appreciation for the local veterans and their families.

Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore: Veteran’s Day will be celebrated as a fee-free day for all park visitors to Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore in honor of U.S. veterans and current members of the U.S. Armed Forces.

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