New vets offered help to reintegrate

Published 12:00 am Thursday, December 3, 2009

Chapel Service at the W.G. (Bill) Hefner Veterans Affairs Medical Center will host a presentation on helping veterans returning from Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring and their families cope with the multiple readjustment and reintegration struggles which many of them face.

The presentation will take place at the chapel in Building 19 on Thursday, Dec. 14, at 1:30 p.m., according to the Rev. Fleming Otey.

The presenter will be Dr. John Oliver, a nationally recognized authority in this area, says Otey.

In addition to his national recognition for dealing with issues faced by our & quot;newest Veterans, & quot; Dr. Oliver is chief of chaplains at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Durham.

Otey asks local ministers and others who work with returning veterans “to join us as we seek to prepare ourselves to be even more helpful to our newest veterans as they return to their country, families, communities, homes and churches.

“Please feel free to bring with you anyone whom you believe will benefit from this presentation and discussion,” Otey added.

Refreshments will be served.

For further information contact Leodis Strong, chief of the chaplain service, at 704-638-3330.