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Seminar to Focus on Issues of Sadness, Depression Among Veterans

The Hampton Roads Veterans Business Outreach Center (VBOC), an office that offers entrepreneurial development and other services to military veterans and reservists, will co-host a seminar on Tuesday, Nov. 22, with the region's Wounded Warrior Program. The seminar will focus on issues of sadness and depression faced by veterans.

The Military safeTALK and Resource Expo, which runs from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Old Dominion University's Ted Constant Convocation Center, is free and open to the public. Its goal is to deal directly with the issue of suicide among military personnel, veterans and their families, through the use of the safeTALK program.

SafeTALK, is a three-hour training seminar that prepares anyone over the age of 15 to identify individuals with thoughts of suicide and connect them to suicide first aid resources. Most people with thoughts of suicide stay safe by inviting help. Alert helpers know how to use these opportunities to support that desire for safety.

Among the participants in Tuesday's safeTALK symposium are Barrett Transitional Home, Blue Star Families, the Center for Christian Counseling, the Fleet and Family Support Center, and Habitat for Humanity.

The Hampton Roads VBOC opened in July 2010 in the ODU Business Gateway at Innovation Research Park @ ODU. The center, funded by the U.S. Small Business Administration and the only such center in Virginia, provides outreach, assessment, long- and short-term business training, counseling, electronic and online assistance, and other technical assistance to veterans and U.S. military reserve-component business owners and entrepreneurs.

It's also a two-way, multipurpose resource center for veterans dealing with a host of issues as they reintegrate into civilian life after their active service.

The ODU Business Gateway is a business-friendly entry point to the intellectual capital, innovative technologies and world-class infrastructure of the university. It offers services matched to market needs, including business and entrepreneurial consulting and services, advanced manufacturing and technology solutions, training and professional development, unencumbered business consulting, and veterans business outreach and procurement assistance. The result is a dedicated resource for companies, nonprofits, government agencies and entrepreneurs to help solve business problems, expand capabilities and create new ventures.

This article was posted on: November 18, 2011

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