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Veterans and advocates prepare for weekend of awareness

“Thank you for your service.” They’re five simple words that can mean a lot to our service members. But what does that phrase really mean? Community members can explore that topic with a weekend of Veterans Awareness at Ohio State. (Courtesy: MGN)

“Thank you for your service.” They’re five simple words that can mean a lot to our service members. But what does that phrase really mean? Community members can explore that topic with a weekend of Veterans Awareness at Ohio State.

It begins with a free screening of the movie ‘Thank You For Your Service,’ followed by a panel discussion with David Finkel, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of the book of the same name and local veterans and advocates. That’s happening on Friday, April 6th at 2 pm at the Wexner Center for the Arts, Film/Video Theatre located at 1871 N. High Street in Columbus.

"You're going to walk away with a better sense of what is going on in a lot of houses where people have fought very well and now are trying to recover from what combat has done to them," said David Finkel about the panel discussion.

Then, on Saturday, April 7th, local non-profit Run Down The Demons will host its 4th annual 5K obstacle run/walk at 10 am at Remembrance Park on the Ohio State campus.

The 5K obstacle course is meant to be mentally and physically challenging, similar to experiencing the ‘unknowns’ associated with post-traumatic stress, according to the organization’s website.

The entire weekend of Veterans Awareness is meant to focus on post-traumatic stress, suicide prevention, and mitigating the stigma associated with these issues within the military community. It’s sponsored by The Ohio State University College of Social Work, Office of Military Veterans Service and nonprofit Run Down the Demons.

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