PRESS RELEASE
For Immediate Release

Brenda Kissko, Tourism & Public Relations Manager, Midland Convention & Visitors Bureau
Brenda@visitmidlandtexas.com, (432) 686‐3567

A conference on community support for
recovery from moral injury

Midland, Texas
October 15-17, 2014

Midland, Texas —Wednesday, October 15, through Friday, October 17, the Soul Repair Center at the Brite Divinity School will present “Bringing Our Veterans All The Way Home,” a conference on community support for recovery from moral injury. The conference will take place at DoubleTree by Hilton Midland Plaza, 117 W. Wall St., 6 to 9 p.m. on Wednesday, and at First Christian Church Midland, 1301 W. Louisiana Ave., 8:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Thursday and 8:30 a.m. to noon on Friday. This conference will enable religious leaders, community members, employers, and veteran families to address moral injury and support veterans recovering from the invisible wounds of war.  

Soul Repair Center Director Dr. Rita Brock notes, “While 52,000 survivors of Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom have lingering physical injuries, at least 500,000—ten times more—have invisible wounds, and many of them suffer alone. We need to help carry their burdens so they can come all the way home.”  According to the Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America 2014 survey, 53 percent of veterans returning home report mental injuries.  There are 12,800 veterans in Midland and Odessa. Of those, seventy‐four are treated at the Vet Center for PTSD.

The keynote address will be made by Captain W. Kyle Fauntleroy, Force Chaplain Surface Naval Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet. Other presentations at the conference include: “Understanding Moral Injury” by the Rev. Dr. Rita Brock; “PTSD: Not All Wounds Are Visible” by Dr. William Gibson; and “A Panel Discussion of Veterans & Deep Listening.”  

Registration is $35 and includes dinner on Wednesday and lunch and dinner on Thursday. Registration is free for military active duty and veterans. Refunds are not offered after Oct. 6.  

A special rate of $184 for out‐of‐town attendees is offered at DoubleTree by Hilton Midland Plaza (to book, call (432) 683‐6131 and reference group code BDS) and a rate of $179 is offered at Sleep Inn & Suites Midland (to book, call (432) 694‐4202 and reference Conference on Community Support). 

For more information on the conference and to register, visit www.brite.edu/veteranshome, or contact Trish Cassaday at t.cassaday@tcu.edu or (817) 257‐4511.

The Soul Repair Center is dedicated to research and public education about recovery from moral injury. The Soul Repair Center at Brite Divinity School was established in 2012 to research and better understand recovery from the extreme distress that results from moral injury. The Brite Divinity School is affiliated with Texas Christian University. 

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About the Midland Convention and Visitors Bureau
The mission of the Midland Convention & Visitors Bureau is to encourage economic growth by developing, promoting, enhancing and supporting Midland as a vibrant visitor destination. 

The above information has been provided by the Brite Divinity School and distributed by the Midland Convention & Visitors Bureau. This event is projected to bring in $96,000 in direct visitor spending to the Midland economy.