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Military expert to address vets' issues

March 26, 2012

A military expert on behavioral health and veteran reintegration issues will be a guest speaker Wednesday, March 28, in Ballroom C of the Memorial Student Center.

Lt. Col. Cynthia Rasmussen will speak from 3-4 p.m., followed by a student panel from 4-4:30 p.m. Rasmussen will talk about how to educate communities, families, service members, employers and providers when veterans return home. She will focus on warrior skills versus home skills and will provide a brief review of combat operational stress reaction, post-traumatic stress disorder, traumatic brain injury and other behavioral health issues.

Rasmussen has served as a mental health nurse in the Army Reserves for 23 years and is a Veterans Administration nurse practitioner. She was the psychological director, combat stress officer and sexual assault response coordinator for the Army Reserves in 19 states.

Rasmussen received the Military Order of the Purple Heart Honorary Service Award from the MOPH National Service Officer Training.

The presentation, sponsored by the UW-Stout Admissions Office, is free and open to the public.

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