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VALOR Center for Veteran Students

Oct 30, 2017 11:23AM ● By Elena Hutslar
The VALOR Center at John F. Kennedy University in Pleasant Hill has been established to support veteran students through a grant from the Department of Education.  The space is designed for students to relax and socialize with other veterans and gain assistance as they transition from military to civilian life.  The VALOR Center offers workshops, resources, counseling referrals, peer mentoring, and academic tutoring as enhancements to their educational experience. Jared Anderson, the veteran coordinator, provides counsel on many military-related issues, including VA benefits, scholastic assistance, and community resource referral.

On Friday, November 3, the VALOR Center will host its annual veteran’s summit, “Front Line to Home Front” from 9am-1pm at the JFKU Pleasant Hill campus. This free half-day workshop is designed to provide resources to service members, their families and the community at large. What are the human costs of war, and what further battles await soldiers returning to the home front? Come hear Major (ret.) Joshua Mantz’s first-hand account of his near-death experience and the decade of difficult recovery that followed. Whether you are seeking insight into your own trauma or a greater understanding of the issues facing military veterans, Mantz’s tale is sure to have a profound and lasting impact. The half-day session will feature the presentation by Mantz, author of the book The Beauty of a Darker Soul: Overcoming Trauma Through the Power of Human Connection, followed by a panel discussion with JFK University trauma experts and an audience Q&A period. The session will also include a demonstration mindfulness exercise and a light lunch.