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Army Veteran, Filmmaker to Speak on Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

Contact Jeff Murphy
WARRENSBURG, MO (April 4, 2012) – University of Central Missouri faculty, staff, students and other interested individuals are invited to attend an Oppenheimer Lecture Fund presentation “From Combat to College, Transitioning with PTSD (Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder).” The free presentation and discussion will take place at 11 a.m. Thursday, April 12, in Elliott Union 237A-B, and will feature remarks by award-winning filmmaker and former U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Kyle Hausmann-Stokes.

The presentation is made possible by the Office of Military and Veteran Services at UCM, which is also bringing to campus the same day the Kansas City Vet Center's mobile unit. From 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., the unit will be located at Union Street between the Elliott Union and the W.C. Morris Science Building, giving veterans an opportunity to register for Veterans Administration services. Gerald Denson, Kansas City Vet Center team leader, and Yulonda Swanson-Moten, VA family therapist, will be on campus for the presentation by Hausmann-Stokes and will staff the Mobile Vet Center.

Hausmann-Stokes is a military veteran who served five years in the Army's Airborne Infantry and as a squad leader/convoy commander during a yearlong combat tour in Iraq. He was awarded the Bronze Star for his meritorious service and actions under fire. Dedicated to telling the “soldier’s story,” Hausmann-Stokes documented his combat mission and the difficulties of transitioning from combat to civilian life, specifically, to college.

The Army veteran has a formal education in film studies, and his college experience includes a degree in cinematic arts from the University of Southern California in 2010, in addition to studies at the University of California-Los Angeles and Universidad de Madrid. He is the owner-operator of Blue Three Productions, a service-disabled, veteran-owned film-video production company. He also works with organizations such as the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs to create military and veteran-related content for his films. His works often provide graphic detail to give audiences a realistic look at what men and women who serve their country face in a combat mission and in their struggles against PTSD.