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IU Northwest explores veterans’ issues Feb. 18

Throughout the 2015-16 academic year, Indiana University Northwest and its surrounding community are exploring the themes of its chosen book, Operation Homecoming: Iraq, Afghanistan, and the Home Front, in the Words of U.S. Troops and Their Families, edited by Andrew Carroll. The book is a series of shared stories, letters and experiences that tell the story of America’s military…through their eyes.

Continuing the year-long exploration of themes of the book, the campus is proud to welcome Jim Chancellor, a local decorated Vietnam War combat veteran, to headline a day of thought-provoking discussion on Thursday, Feb. 18.

At 12 p.m., Chancellor, of Lowell, will speak on Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) in the Bruce W. Bergland Auditorium, located in the Savannah Center. The lecture will address the effects that war has on veterans. The Chancellor aims to educate future leaders about the cost of war, not in dollars and cents, but in the psychological toll it has on our veterans. To learn more about Chancellor, visit

Following the Chancellor’s talk, additional events are planned to continue the discussion, including:

PBS Film Screening: “On Two Fronts” – A film that addresses being a minority in the military at 1:30 p.m., in the Bruce W. Bergland Auditorium, Savannah Center.

Veterans Resource Fair – 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., in the Moraine Student Center

Writing Workshop – 1 to 2 p.m. in Hawthorn Hall, Room 418 with Professor William Allegrezza, who will offer assistance to anyone wishing to contribute a story for a local compilation of military stories.

Throughout the remainder of the academic year, the One Book … One Campus … One Community … planning committee is continuing to accept stories from local residents who also have a war or military experience to share. In the same way that Andrew Carroll gave a voice to America’s veterans, IU Northwest wants to do the same for its local residents. With the author’s permission, the stories may be compiled and published in a similar anthology.

The campus community and local residents are encouraged to submit their stories for consideration in an IU Northwest publication, planned for Spring 2016. For guidelines on how to submit a story for consideration, visit:

The book is available for purchase at the IU Northwest Book Store, as well as through

For event updates and classroom resources, visit:

For more information about writing submissions, events, or the One Book … One Campus … One Community reading initiative, contact Crystal Shannon at (219) 980-6961 or [email protected].

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