‘Bringing Worlds Together’ a free conference for military

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FARMINGTON — Bringing Worlds Together, a free conference for military veterans, family and service providers, will be held from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 19, at the University of Maine Farmington.

Registration and coffee will take place at 9 a.m. at the Olsen Student Center, followed by the keynote speaker, the Rev. Peter Bauer, United Church of Christ, at 9:30 a.m. in Lincoln Auditorium. His topic will be “Moral Injury Scenarios.”

Morning breakout sessions will be held from 10:30 to 11:45 a.m. at the Roberts Learning Center followed by lunch in the Olsen Student Center.

Afternoon featured speaker will be Kevin Mannix, author of “Weathering Shame.” The WCSH weatherman and his wife, Linda Rota, wrote the autobiography on their experiences with shame and stigma in their childhood and adult lives. Mannix will open the afternoon session at 1 p.m. in Lincoln Auditorium.

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Vietnam veteran Jim Merrill, diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder, will show a video on “Matter of Duty” and conduct a panel discussion in the morning and again in the afternoon.

Through the Veterans Administration, Merrill has been able to keep the disorder under control and is a licensed substance abuse counselor.

Breakout sessions will run from 2:15 to 3:30 p.m. in the Roberts Learning Center followed by a closing session that will include a panel discussion and feedback from 3:45 to 4:30 p.m. in Lincoln Auditorium.

For more information, contact Jerry DeWitt at 207-783-4663, ext. 228, email jdewitt@tcmsh.org or visit www.tcmhs.org.

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