Join us for this in-person Community Education event in the Wyatt Room at Partners In Care on May 19 at noon. Memorial Day is a time to remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice in defense of our nation. It can also be a challenging day for many veterans who experienced the loss of a brother or sister in arms. Our panel of experts have worked to support veterans in our community, and they will discuss:
• Methods of communication to foster a trusting environment
• Tools that can be used to ease discomfort
• Ways to be present, show empathy, and act with compassion to bring peace to a veteran struggling with past trauma, especially at end of life
*Parking is available at 2611 NE Courtney Drive in Bend. A light lunch will be provided for those who attend. This is a FREE presentation!
Speakers joining us will be:
Eric Hardin: Eric served in the US Army for over six years as a forward observer. He has worked on his own PTSD journey for the last ten years. Currently serving as a Peer Support Specialist at the Central Oregon Veterans Ranch, he brings his own past experience and knowledge to that role to better support other veterans struggling with PTSD.
Lauren Grigsby: Lauren served five years in the Marine Corps, deploying overseas to Iraq, and was a Casualty Assistance Calls Officer. Following the Corps, she advocated for the VA PACT Act on Capitol Hill, was a caregiver to a family member with cancer, and a caregiver to a Marine Corps peer with cancer. She is now the Development Director at the Veterans Ranch and is an end-of-life doula with Peaceful Presence Project.
Wes Moldogo: Wes serves as a Hospice Chaplain for Partners In Care and as a Chaplain for the Oregon Army National Guard’s 2-162 Infantry Regiment. He completed a Master of Divinity at Portland Seminary (of George Fox), and his clinical chaplain residency at Stanford Healthcare in Palo Alto, CA. Wes has conducted over 2000 military funerals, with over 900 of them being with honors.