Topic for program at Parkland: Post-traumatic stress disorder

Topic for program at Parkland: Post-traumatic stress disorder

CHAMPAIGN — Post-traumatic stress disorder is often linked to veterans of wars. But it can affect others, too.

Parkland College hopes to help educate the community through a free program next week that post-traumatic stress disorder can also be triggered in anyone who's lived through dangerous events such as domestic abuse or rape, or through a sudden, unexpected loss. The program, called "Recovery through Understanding," will be held from 1 to 4:30 p.m. Nov. 15 at the Parkland Theatre, and it will feature best-selling author Luis Carlos Montalvan, an Iraq war veteran and former U.S. Army captain.

Montalvan is the author of "Until Tuesday: A Wounded Warrior and the Golden Retriever who Saved Him," a story about his return to the U.S. with severe post-traumatic stress disorder and how he readjusted his life with the help of a golden retriever named Tuesday.

Cathy Robinson, Parkland's Office of Disability Services director, said the program will strive to bring together organizations in the area that offer support for veterans, abuse and trauma victims who may suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder and their families.

The public is invited. Space is limited, so registration is required. Registration can be done online at: http://bit.ly/1grvIzR. Or call the Office of Disability Services at 353-2082, or send an email to crobinson@parkland.edu.

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