News Release| Veterans Forum; Cal State L.A.


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Nov. 4 forum at Cal State L.A.
to commemorate Veterans Day

Keynote speaker Dr. Glover-Graf to address
re-entry, adjustment issues

Los Angeles, CA – Addressing the difficult issue of combat-fatigued war veterans re-entering society, and to commemorate Veterans Day, California State University, Los Angeles will hold its 2010 Veterans Forum on Thursday, Nov. 4, noon-3 p.m., in the University-Student Union.

During the forum, University of Texas-Pan American (UTPA) Rehabilitation Professor Noreen Glover-Graf will present Re-entry and Adjustment Issues of Combat War Veterans. Following Glover-Graf will be a panel of CSULA student veterans sharing their college experiences.

The forum is open to CSULA students who are military veterans, current service men and women, and their family members. To date, more than 200 CSULA students are military veterans and more than 60 are military family members, an approximately 25 percent increase from last year.

Organized by the University’s Veterans Advisory Committee, the forum will provide information regarding veterans’ benefits and services and student support programs at Cal State L.A.

The keynote presentation is based upon a research project using focus groups to examine the long-term and short-term re-entry and adjustment issues of Vietnam and Iraq war veterans. The study will provide insights to understanding current and recently released service men and women, of which, 30,000 veterans are expected to come to Southern California this fall. 

According to Glover-Graf, “The accounts of Vietnam combat veterans provide longer-term insights, which may be predictive of what can be expected long-term from Iraq and Afghanistan combat veterans and, eventually, may prove very instructive.”

Glover-Graf, who earned a doctorate degree in rehabilitation counseling from Southern Illinois University, has 15 years of post-secondary teaching experience and has taught counseling and crisis intervention courses to undergraduate and master’s students. She is a certified rehabilitation counselor, a sexual assault advocate, and a member of the Veterans Advisory Council at UTPA. She has published more than 25 articles, primarily in the area of trauma research. 

What & Who:

The 2010 Veterans Forum will present Re-entry and Adjustment Issues of Combat War Veteransby University of Texas-Pan American Rehabilitation Professor Noreen Glover-Graf. A panel of CSULA student veterans sharing their college experiences to follow.


Thursday, Nov. 4, 2010, noon – 3 p.m.

Lunch: noon – 1 p.m. at Los Angeles Room, University-Student Union

Program: 1 - 3 p.m. at U-SU Theater


University-Student Union, on the Cal State L.A. campus. The University is located at the Eastern Avenue exit, San Bernardino (I-10) Freeway, at the interchange of 10 and 710 freeways. Public permit dispenser parking is available in Lots 2 and 7 or upper level Parking Structure C. (For campus map or directions, go to /univ/maps/cslamap.php)


For event details, call Kimberly Clapp, acting chair of the CSULA Veterans Advisory Committee, at (323) 343-3140. For information about CSULA veterans’ services, go to /academic/registrar/vets.php.

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