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Student veterans of America Chapter

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder is the focus of Speaker Series

The DYC Student Veterans of America Chapter will host a three-part series in April, featuring student veteran speakers.

Buffalo, New York – April 1, 2015 – The D’Youville College Student Veterans of America Chapter will present a three part speakers series on Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and associated mental health disorders on Wednesday, April 1, Monday April 6 and Monday April 13. The series will be held in room 411 of the Academic Center from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

On April 13 there will be a panel discussion that will include the four speakers and three local mental health professionals.

The series is free and open to the public. Educational and referral material will be available.

Topics to be covered:

  • What is PTSD and how does it affect your mental health, relationships, and productivity?
  • How should you deal with someone with mental health issues?
  • Do only veterans have PTSD?

These are very legitimate questions that this three part interactive series will attempt to answer as well as open the lines of communication between those who suffer from mental health issues and their peers.

Speakers include:

  • James Borzillieri, a psychology major and combat veteran who will speak about PTSD and the stigma associated with mental disorders.
  • Mishelle Brown, a history major and widow of a Canadian Soldier who died in Afghanistan. She will speak about PTSD, loss, suicide, and the struggle to maintain positive relationships.
  • Miranda Hulse, biology major and a three-time combat veteran in Iraq and Afghanistan. She will discuss PTSD, stigma, treatment options and other closely related mental health issues.
  • Robert Kubiak II, a biochemistry major and combat veteran will speak about mental health and how it affects everyday life.

D'Youville College has also been recognized for its excellence in military services by Military Times Edge magazine, with a ranking of 4th in the nation among the best four-year schools for veterans. D'Youville is a Yellow Ribbon college, supporting the Post-9/11 GI Bill for veterans. In many cases, spouses and children of veterans are also eligible for certain services and benefits.

For more information about DYC services for veterans and military personnel, visit:


Mishelle Brown