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Military Health Issues lecture at Brown University.

2012/03/08

I was invited to speak to a class in the Sociology department at Brown University on March 6, 2012.

The professor, Dr. Smith interviewed me several years ago for an ongoing study he’s conducting about recent combat veterans. Smith extended the invitation to me at the beginning of February and since then I had been looking forward to engaging the class in a discussion about my issues with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Traumatic Brain Injury and how I have learned to cope since leaving the military in August of 2005.

This is the full 28 minute lecture.

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Speaking with this class was rewarding and inspiring. All of the students were engaged in the discussion, knew a great deal about these issues that veterans face and really cared about the topic. It was an awesome two hours and in speaking with Dr. Smith after the class, I continued to say that it just wasn’t enough time and I kept bringing up new points which could be covered. Overall it was just a great experience and I have to extend my sincere thanks to the class and to their professor for their invitation to speak.

It also helped to focus me a bit on what I want to do in documentary photographic work as well as future academic study.