Event Highlights Veterans & Fundraises for Adam C. Nadiak Memorial Scholarship

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Event Highlights Veterans & Fundraises for Adam C. Nadiak Memorial Scholarship

College Hosts Film Screening of “The Welcome” and Panel Discussion

March 23, 2017
Stone Ridge, NY

SUNY Ulster Event Highlights Veterans & Fundraises for Adam C. Nadiak Memorial Scholarship

College Hosts Film Screening of “The Welcome” and Panel Discussion

SUNY Ulster hosts an important event following a recent move by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to provide initial mental health assessments and urgent mental health care services to Veterans at risk.

SUNY Ulster Veterans Club, Student Government, and Student Activities present a screening of “The Welcome" and a panel discussion with Veterans in the community, Thursday, March 30 at 1:00 p.m. in the College Lounge, Vanderlyn Hall, on the Stone Ridge Campus.

The SUNY Ulster Veteran Club is also selling bracelets to benefit the newly formed Adam C. Nadiak Memorial Scholarship.

The website for the film “The Welcome” describes it as a fiercely intimate view of life after war: the fear, anger, and isolation of post-traumatic stress that affects vets and family members alike. The film joins vets in a small room for an unusual five day healing retreat. Viewers witness how the ruins of war can be transformed into the beauty of poetry.

According to the Department of Veteran Affair’s 2016 Veteran Suicide Report, an average of twenty Veterans in the United States commits suicide every day.

On March 7th, VA Secretary, Dr. David J. Shulkin, announced his intention to expand provisions for urgent mental health care needs to former service members with other-than-honorable (OTH) administrative discharges. This move marks the first time a VA Secretary has created an initiative specifically focused on expanding assistance to OTH service members who are in mental health distress and may be at risk for suicide or other adverse behavior.

Frank Reggero, SUNY Ulster Veteran Outreach Coordinator and Veteran Service Officer says, “Sometimes we as a community forget that we are still a nation at war, no matter how justified or your political beliefs, the least we can do as a Nation is give our Veterans a voice and allow them to tell their story without fear of judgment. Whether we realize it or not these Veterans walk amongst us every day in Ulster County and more directly on campus, it is our hope to raise awareness and welcome our Veterans.”

The film and panel discussion is free and open to the public, and refreshments will be provided.

For more information, please contact 845-687-5262.

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