This month, the University of Findlay will host a public service just prior to Veterans Day at its new Veterans Honor Wall, and will offer specialized training for those interested in assisting military members and their families.
The ceremony at the Veterans Honor Wall in the Center for Student Life will be held Friday, Nov. 10 at 8 a.m. The installation is located on the east wall of the Center’s large central atrium. It was established and partially funded by the UF Class of 1966 in celebration of its 50th anniversary.
The featured speaker will be U.S. Army Captain Lauran (Young) Glover ’11, who had the honor of being the first woman to lead the United States Army Drill Team (read her story here) and recently received the rank of captain at the Women in Military Service for America Memorial in Arlington, Virginia. Glover earned a degree in psychology from the University of Findlay. Her goal is to eventually contribute to quality mental health services for military personnel and their families.
Becoming an Army captain is yet another step in Glover’s inspiring and successful career. “I strive to put my best foot forward and bring my experience and knowledge to the table to get the job done right,” she said. “I’m extremely proud of myself and the hard work that I’ve done to receive the responsibility and recognition in my career.”
Other speakers will include Jerry Clark ’66 and University President Katherine Fell, Ph.D.
The Veterans Honor Wall includes 600 names of UF graduates, along with current and former attendees, who also serve and have served in the military. The University sought to include as many eligible individuals as possible, and will continue to collect names to be added. At the Nov. 10 ceremony, all names will be read, according to military protocol, by 12 current students and members of the UF Alumni Association Board of Governors.
Additionally, the University on Monday, Nov. 6 will be providing free training to community members and licensed Ohio behavioral health providers to meet the needs of the state’s veterans’ service members and their families.
The daylong session, organized with assistance from UF’s Social Work Program, will be held at Winebrenner Theological Seminary from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Space is very limited. Register online by visiting www.starproviders.org.
The training will be provided by Star Behavioral Health Providers, a new initiative in Ohio developed through a collaboration with the Ohio National Guard, Ohio Department of Veterans Services, Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services, The Ohio State University, American Red Cross, OhioCares, the Military Family Research Institute at Purdue University and the Center for Deployment Psychology.
Monday’s Tier One training will offer an introduction to military culture and information about the deployment cycle.
Providers receiving the training will be listed on a comprehensive provider registry that will identify them as having completed this training on military issues. The registry will serve as a valuable resource for service members, families and referring professionals in and outside of the military. Participating social workers will also earn continuing education units at no cost if they wish.