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09/05/2013
Hudson Valley Community College Opens Exhibits on PTSD
Stories of 11 Decorated Military Veterans Illustrated

MEDIA CONTACT: Deborah Renfrew (518) 629-7180, d.renfrew@hvcc.edu
FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Thursday, Sept. 5, 2013

"Second Front" and "Second Front: Mission Change 1941-2013,” two poignant exhibits that illustrate the life challenges faced by 11 decorated military veterans who felt the devastating effects of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), are on display in the library at Hudson Valley Community College through Sept. 19.

The stories of these veterans from World War II and Vietnam through the present-day Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom, told by themselves and/or their family members and friends, detail the combat trauma they suffered in the military and how they dealt with and finally triumphed over PTSD at home. The anguish of PTSD turned to drug or alcohol abuse, experiences of road terror, intrusive thoughts and rage that led to arrests, incarceration, eventual treatment, death for one, and finally a new life for the others.

Inspired by and dedicated to the memory of US Army veteran SPC Andre Leduc (1982-2009), the exhibits have been arranged by the Lewis Henry Morgan Institute, SUNYIT, Utica, in the Troy Savings Bank Charitable Foundation Atrium of the Marvin Library Learning Commons. The campus community and the public may visit free of charge during library hours.

Founded in 1953, Hudson Valley Community College offers more than 70 associate degree and certificate programs in four schools: Business; Engineering and Industrial Technologies; Health Sciences; and Liberal Arts and Sciences; and workforce and academic preparation programs offered through the Educational Opportunity Center. One of 30 community colleges in the State University of New York system, it has an enrollment of more than 13,250 students, and is known as a leader in distance learning initiatives and worker retraining. Hudson Valley has 75,000 alumni.