"The Trauma of War" will be the topic of a lecture at American International College, Wednesday, November 7, part of the college's week long celebration of veterans.

Rev. James Munroe of Springfield's Christ Church Cathedral, will be the featured speaker. Drawing on his own combat experiences, Rev. Munroe, former member of the Marine Corps, and Purple Heart recipient for wounds received in Vietnam, will address the causes of PTSD, its symptoms, and the possibilities for healing.

The lecture is scheduled for 10 a.m. in the Karen Sprague Cultural Arts Center. The public is invited to attend, free of charge.

This event is part of AIC's celebration of Veteran's: Honoring Our Heroes.
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To celebrate Military Friendly Campus Day, November 7, there will also be a presentation of the Military Friendly Campus award, as AIC was recently recognized for its commitment to veterans. The list honors the top 15 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools which are doing the most to embrace America's veterans as students.

Criteria for making the Military Friendly Schools list included efforts to recruit and retain military and veteran students, results in recruiting military and veteran students and academic accreditations.

Diane Furtek of Ludlow, registrar and director of the Veterans' Resource Center at American International College in Springfield, said, "Veterans bring maturity, life experiences, diversity, and leadership qualities along with a commitment to education. "This commitment to education and the Post-9/11 GI Bill makes academia a great choice for all service members."

Furtek said, "With service members returning to civilian life and to college campuses, the relevance to a changing education environment is enormous both for this population and for today's higher education institution."