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Vendors Welcome for Veterans Resource Fair and Veterans Summit at UCM

Contact: Jeff Murphy
WARRENSBURG, MO (Sept. 8, 2015) – Businesses, service providers and organizations that serve military personnel and veterans are invited to host information tables at the Veterans Resource Fair and Veterans Summit Friday, Oct. 9 at the University of Central Missouri. Both of these events are free and open to the public. The Veterans Resource Fair takes place from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. during the Veterans Summit, which is scheduled for 8:45 a.m. to noon in Elliott Student Union 240. The deadline for vendor registration is Sept. 18.

Delilah Nichols, coordinator of Military and Veteran Services, said the event focuses on needs that are shared by military service members and veterans related to reintegration, refocus and resiliency. Through guest speakers and panel discussion, it is designed to empower individuals to help themselves and others by providing them with knowledge about a number of issues, and how to obtain assistance. They will have an opportunity to interact with experts and share their experiences during the question and answer sessions at the Veterans Summit as well as during the Veterans Resource Fair. Information related to topics such as transition adjustment, mental and health care issues, domestic violence, employment, financial, sexual assault/trauma will be available through service providers and organizations. By attending the Resource Fair and listening to the Veterans Summit discussion, participants can arm themselves with pertinent information to help others gain access to help.

Nichols said individuals at the local, state, regional and national level, who can promote and implement changes within organizations that serve military personnel and veterans, will be in attendance. The keynote speaker kicking off the Summit is U.S. Army combat veteran Ron Pierce, senior director of the Public Broadcasting Services Veteran Initiative. A panel discussion follows his remarks, and features expert military and veteran resource providers.

Nichols believes the Summit and the Resource Fair are beneficial for those who have served in the military and for their family and friends.

“Arming yourself with knowledge to help your fellow veterans, friends and family is key in making a positive difference in society,” Nichols said. “Voicing your experience and knowledge as to where there are ‘gaps’ in the system is imperative to positive change within organizations and the VA system that are established to help you.”

In addition to hearing from experts, exchanging ideas and information, the Summit offers an opportunity to see the Veteran Vision Project, a joint collaboration by the UCM Department of Art and Design and the UCM Office of Military and Veteran Services. Tours will be provided during the Summit for the exhibition, which runs from Sept. 24 to Oct. 24 at the UCM Gallery of Art and Design. The display of photos by
Los Angeles photographer Devin Mitchell shows the unique, double-sided visual stories of men and women who have served in the military. Mitchell plans to include in the exhibit veterans and active duty service members from UCM and surrounding communities. Learn more about this photo initiative at veteranvisionproject.com.

Another opportunity at the Summit will be a book signing by Kansas Army veteran, Sean Kastle, whose work, “Why Is Dad So Mad,” helps children understand the impact of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

Vendors wanting to participate in the Summit should register online by Sept. 18 at ucmo.edu/vets/specialevents.cfm.  For more information, contact Nichols at 660-543-8977. To learn more about the Veteran Vision Exhibition, contact Christian Cutler, director of the UCM Gallery of Art and Design, at 660-543-4498.