Texas A&M University-Kingsville

Panelists Finalized for Second Annual Vietnam Experience Symposium March 1 at Texas A&M-Kingsville

KINGSVILLE - February 20, 2007

Contact: Jason Marton
jason.marton@tamuk.edu or 361-593-4143

Notable figures, experts shed light on post-traumatic stress, medics, battles

KINGSVILLE (February 20, 2007) — The Vietnam War is shown through the eyes of its medical personnel, officers and its first Medal of Honor recipient at the second annual Vietnam Experience Symposium at Texas A&M University-Kingsville Thursday, March 1, on the second floor of the Memorial Student Union Building.

“The Vietnam Experience:A symposium on the U.S. involvement in Vietnam as seen through the eyes of historians, veterans and the family members and the survivors of those who served,” seeks to provide resources and opportunities so that past, current and future generations may have fact-based and unbiased information upon which to base their understanding of the Vietnam conflict.

Panels have been finalized for this free public event, touching on medical care during the war, the health of soldiers after they left the battlefront and post-traumatic stress disorder, a health concern of increasing significance among veterans. 

Featured speakers for this year include retired Army Col. Roger C. Donlon, the first Medal of Honor recipient of the Vietnam War; retired Army Maj. Gen. Benjamin L. Harrison, Commander, Third Brigade, 101st Airborne Division during the battle for Firebase Ripcord; and Steve Maxner, deputy director of the Vietnam Center at Texas Tech University.

Free daytime activities, including a continental breakfast and panel discussions, will be available on the second floor of the MSUB from 7 a.m. to 4:45 p.m.

A dinner and presentation from Donlon will be held from 6-7:30 p.m. in the MSUB ballrooms. General admission to the dinner is $10 and $5 for students.

The schedule of events is:

7-8 a.m.  Registration and Reception, Continental Breakfast, Grand Ballroom

8-8:30 a.m.  Opening Ceremonies, Introduction of Army Maj. Gen. (Ret.) Benjamin L. Harrison, Commander, Third Brigade, 101st Airborne Division during the battle for Firebase Ripcord, author of “Hell on a Hilltop.”

8:30-9:45 a.m.  Presentation: “The Last Great Battle for American Troops-Firebase Ripcord,” Maj. Gen. (Ret.) Benjamin L. Harrison

9:45-10 a.m.  Break

10-11:30 a.m.  Presentation: “A Historical Perspective: Origins of the U.S. Involvement in Vietnam,” Dr. Stephen Maxner, deputy director of the Vietnam Center at Texas Tech University

11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.  Break. Lunch on your own.

12:45-1 p.m.  Reconvene Symposium

1-2:30 p.m.  Panel Discussion - “Keeping Them Alive: From the Battlefield to the Evac to Stateside, Medical Support in Vietnam” - Panel participants—Ram Chavez, former Army combat medic, 199th Separate Infantry Brigade; Eugene Pasahow, former Navy combat Corpsman; Dr. Larry Rosen,        former Huey Medevac helicopter pilot; Dr. Jim Harris, former battalion surgeon; Dr.    Donald Patrick, Evac hospital neurosurgeon

2:30-2:45 p.m.  Break
           
2:45-3:45 p.m.  Panel Discussion - “The Stress Factor: Post Traumatic Stress Disorder—Causes, Diagnoses, Treatment and Help Resources” - Panel participants—Dr. John Price, psychologist, San Antonio Police Department; Dr. Franklin Brooks, clinical psychologist
           
3:45 p.m.-4:45 p.m.  Panel Discussion - “Wrap Up” - Panel participants—Army Lt. Gen. (Ret.) Marc Cisneros; Army Col. (Ret.) Roger H. C. Donlon, the first Medal of Honor recipient of the Vietnam War; Maj. Gen. (Ret.) Benjamin L. Harrison; Dr. Stephen Maxner

Memorial Student Union Building, Ballrooms A&B
6 p.m.-7:30 p.m.  Dinner - Presentation by Col. (Ret.) Roger H. C. Donlon

For registration or more information on the Vietnam Experience Symposium, call 361-593-3918 or go online to http://www.tamuk.edu/artsci/vietnam.


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