An event to help veterans with post traumatic stress is coming up later this month in Billings. The University of Montana Neuro Injury Center event will take place at the Billings Clinic on March 23rd and will feature neuro doctors, university researchers, and veterans- including the Vice President of The Northern Cheyenne Tribe, who is also a Vietnam Veteran. While the event is focused on veterans, members of the public are welcome to attend.

The full lineup is below. Here's the details for the event:

Helping Veteran Families Navigate

Knowledge, Community, Honor, Hope


Saturday morning, March 23

Billings Clinic—Mary Alice Fortin Conference Center, 920 N. 27th St.

*Please park above 10th Ave. North parking lot  

8:30-8:50              Welcome from the Emcee

Aaron Flint, Major, Army Reserve, Host, Statewide Radio Show “Montana Talks”

Pledge of Allegiance led by Aaron Flint

Acknowledgments and Introduction to the Neural Injury Center, Cindi Laukes, Director,

8:50-9:40              Brain Injury: Treatments, New Research, and Hope

Lynn Shenk DO, FAAPMR, Physiatrist Double Boarded in Brain Injury Medicine, Billings Clinic

Sarjubhai Patel, PhD, Neuroscientist, FYR Diagnostics and University of Montana

9:40-10:20           Understanding PTSD:  Diagnosis, Treatment, Research, and How Families Can Help

Cindi Laukes, MA, MFA, Director and Chief Operating Officer, Neural Injury Center, University of Montana

10:20-10:35         Break

10:35-11:20         The Role of Ceremony in Healing for Native Veterans

Winfield S. Russell, One Bird, USMC Combat Veteran, Vietnam War, Vice President, Northern Cheyenne Tribe

11:20-12:05         Women Veterans and Challenges for Families

Col. Dawn Githens (Ret.), USAF, Director, Military and Veterans Success Center, MSU Billings

12:05-12:50         The Moral Cost of Service 

 Captain Adam Greenwell, USMC, Pastor, Billings Vineyard Church

12:50                     Closing Prayer by Adam Greenwell

This conference is sponsored by the Neural Injury Center at the University of Montana, working in collaboration with the Billings Mayor’s Challenge team and hosted at the Billings Clinic. A special thanks to the Billings Breakfast Exchange Club, Col. James Mariska (Ret.) US Army, Montana Ambassador for the Commanding General of the Army Reserve, Joy Mariska, Reed Humphrey, PhD, Dean of the College of Health Professions, University of Montana, Claire Oakley, PhD, Director of Health Promotion at RiverStone Health, Mike Burns at the Billings Clinic, and Bonnie Bishop, Research Assistant at the Neural Injury Center, who have all contributed to help make this event possible. 

Please contact Cindi Laukes at 406-243-4017 or for more information.


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