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NEW DATE! Getting the Boots Off: PTSD and The Great Santini

There is a strong military thread running throughout many of Pat Conroy's books, in large part due to his father's military service and how that affected him and his family. In The Great Santini, the abusive behavior of Bull Meecham -- the Marine Corps fighter pilot based on Conroy's own father -- hints at traumatic stress-based issues resulting from years of carrying out military missions.

Counselor Jennifer Miller -- former Army reservist and combat veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom/Operation Enduring Freedom/Desert Shield -- will lead this One Book, One Columbia program about post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and traumatic brain injuries.

Wednesday, March 12th at 6:30 p.m.

Bostick Auditorium, Richland Library Main

Attendees will leave with increased awareness, understanding, and empathy about this condition, as well as the ability to identify the warning signs in friends and loved ones, and the knowledge of what they can do to help. While PTSD is most often associated with military service, and is a huge issue affecting our country's veterans, attendees will learn about the many causes and tendencies that contribute to this traumatic event response.

Ms. Miller is a dynamic and interactive presenter, and her personal experiences with PTSD are sure to make this a compelling experience and learning opportunity.


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My Reading Life by Pat Conroy
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