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Forum to Focus on Veterans’ Transition to Civilian Life



July 15, 2014

Contact: Felicia Kelley:
(213) 346-3239

(Jurupa Valley/Riverside, CA) As part of Cal Humanities’ statewide initiative War Comes Home, the Riverside County Library System will present a Public Conversation event, Back in the World: Adjusting to Life After War, on August 21, 2014, from 6:00pm-7:30pm at the Louis Robidoux Library on 5840 Mission Blvd in Jurupa Valley (Riverside).

Congressman Mark Takano, 41st District, House Veteran’s Affairs Committee
Jackie Kozich, 2nd Class Petty Officer, US Navy, UC Riverside graduate, participated in rescue of Capt. Phillips from Somali pirates Karyn Young-Lowe, MSW, Founder/CEO of LightHouse Social Service Centers for veterans, a nonprofit agency in Moreno Valley

Moderator: David Glidden Ph.D, Professor Emeritus of Philosophy, UC Riverside and former Cal Humanities board member

“I am pleased to be participating on the panel for this important discussion on the challenges that our veterans face when they return home.” Congressman Takano commented, “Serving their needs should be a priority of ours, as they have so bravely served us to protect our freedoms and our democracy. This conversation is of utmost importance to me, and I hope to have a productive conversation on how we can better break down the challenges our veterans face.”

The event will include a panel discussion about the challenges facing veterans as they return home from Iraq, Afghanistan, and other combat zones across the globe. As conflict in the region again escalates, this conversation is ever more timely.

Topics of conversation may include:
• Integration into civilian life, family, housing, finances, employment, physical and mental health
• Family members and loved ones receiving the veterans
• Support systems, government, educational and NGO’s services and assistance programs addressing the integration and re-entry issues
• Society’s obligation to veterans

This Public Conversation, Back in the World: Adjusting to Life After War is part of War comes Home, a statewide conversation sponsored by Cal Humanities about veterans returning to California. Through more than 800 lectures, forums, film screenings, discussion groups, exhibits, and a statewide reading program, Californians will consider these questions and more.
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Public Conversations is a project of Cal Humanities in partnership with UCHRI, the California State Library, and The Riverside County Library. It is supported in part by the National Endowment for the Humanities, the BayTree Fund, The Whitman Institute, and the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act, administered in California by the State Librarian.  For more information contact: Felicia Kelley,

For more information on War Comes Home, click HERE.

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