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Two events coming up for talks on combat trauma at home

Post by Adam Ashton / The News Tribune on Feb. 3, 2012 at 2:49 pm with No Comments »
February 3, 2012 2:49 pm

Members of Coffee Strong, the Lakewood veterans advocacy group that raised alarm bells about post-traumatic stress and behavioral health services at Joint Base Lewis-McChord over the past year, will be speaking at two public events over the next few days.

On Saturday, veterans and social workers will be participating in an event at Tacoma Community College called “The War Comes Home: Trauma and Its Aftermath.” Speakers include Iraq veteran and Coffee Strong member Joseph Carter and Ashley Joppa-Hagemann, the widow of Lewis-McChord Ranger who took his life in June.

On Tuesday, The Grand Cinema in Tacoma will be showing “Grounds for Resistance,” a short documentary about Coffee Strong’s work. Coffee Strong Executive Director Jorge Gonzalez and two others from the organization will be at the showings to talk about the organization.

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