Operation Engage America will hold a resource fair Saturday for veterans, active military and first responders and their families who want to learn more about post-traumatic stress, traumatic brain injury and military-to-veteran issues.
The event is free and open to the public.
The fair will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the Rogalski Center, 518 W. Locust St., on the campus of St. Ambrose University in Davenport.
Operation Engage America was founded by Lisa and Jeff Naslund of Galva, Iowa, and Jean and Howard Somers of San Diego, California, after they lost sons to post-traumatic stress combat-related suicide.
The goal of Operation Engage America resource fairs is to create an invigorating and educational day of awareness and a one-stop shop of resources for veterans, first responders and community members.
Speakers for the event include Naval Reserve Capt. Jeff Weyeneth, psychiatric hospitalist at Genesis Medical Center, who will speak about post-traumatic stress, traumatic brain injury and the brain. Col. Jeff Zust, chaplain at the Rock Island Arsenal, will speak on the moral injury of war. Cpl. Mitch Chapman and Specialist Jay Blakely, veterans of Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom, will speak about their experiences in the military and the invisible scars they carry. Chris McCormick-Pries, of Vera French Mental Health Center and the wife and mother of Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom veterans, will lead a family member panel.