Posts tagged ‘Navy’

November 14th, 2013

Post Traumatic Stress Forum for Veterans

by Christopher O'Brien

A forum for veterans as well as family members will be heldin Bristol on Tuesday, November 19th. As many as 76% of returning veterans may exhibit symptoms of stress related to military service. The discussion will help veterans and family recognize and be aware  of health issues that can occur with  reintergration, with a focus on the warning signs of PTSD and depression.  The Panel will include recently returned Veterans, Family  Members and Counselors. Intended for  Veterans, Service Members, and their  Families.

The session is free, although attendees should RSVP by November 14th. They can contact the Army Strong Community Center at 860-584-6258 or 860-584-6257. The session will be from 6:30-8:00 pm in meting room #2 at the Bristol Library at 5 High St.

For more information about the Army Strong Community Centers’ resources and support programs, please click on their website HERE. Their programs are designed for

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December 25th, 2012

A Sailor in Newtown

by Christopher O'Brien

On Saturday, eight Wolcott’s police officers supported Newtown police through patrol, funeral, and memorial post assignments. The town has been inundated by visitors from all over Connecticut and the nation after the tragic deaths of 26 schoolchildren and teachers as well as two other residents. Police, firemen and charities throughout the state have descended upon the town to assist during a tumultuous week of sorroe. Officer Bryan Spiotti wrote about his experience.

By Bryan Spiotti

     Today I worked in Newtown, stationed near the Sandy Hook Elementary School and also at the Town Hall. I met many wonderful people who all shared in the mourning and grief. I met firefighters who volunteer their time and police officers who are all at a loss for words. Everyone agreed that it is a senseless tragedy. Many people walking by the droves of letters, posters, stuffed animals and other memorials with teared eyes and heavy hearts. I met a Marine / Police Chaplain who prayed

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