UofM to Welcome New Student Veterans with Special Orientation Event

July 13, 2017 - The University of Memphis will hold a special veterans-focused session at Adult and Transfer Student Orientation this summer as part of its mission to meet the needs of an ever-growing student veteran population. The session will be held July 20 at 1:45 p.m. in the University Center Memphis Room (suite 340).

The event, which has been held for the past three years, is especially timely in light of the University's recent announcement of a Veterans Care Center, which will offer evidence-based treatment and assessment for veterans regardless of era, gender, discharge status or service connection. It is sponsored in part by the University of Memphis Veterans Resource Center, an organization dedicated to assisting veterans' transition to an academic environment and supporting their professional success.

The special session will offer new student veterans an opportunity to meet with support services and veterans-related organizations available on campus, including staff from Project BRAVE, a study for post-9/11 veterans with symptoms of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

Project BRAVE is funded by a $925,000 grant from the Consortium to Alleviate PTSD and the Department of Defense, and is headed by Dr. Meghan McDevitt-Murphy, director of the Trauma and Coping Research Group on campus. The study seeks to better understand PTSD by looking at patterns of daily behaviors in hopes of recognizing what kinds of activities help people feel better or experience worsening symptoms.

Project BRAVE is currently recruiting participants. Combat veterans who were a part of any post-9/11 conflict who are dealing with PTSD or are having difficulties related to their deployment experiences are eligible to apply. Participants who complete the full study may earn up to $380.

To learn more about Project BRAVE, visit www.memphisveterans.org or contact the Trauma and Coping Research Group at 901.678.5966 or tcrg.lab@gmail.com.


Contact: Gabrielle Maxey