Speaker Date Topic
Jim Carmichael Oct 22, 2019
PTSD Speaker

Military Experience:

Served a tour of combat in Vietnam (1967-68) with Echo Company, 2nd Battalion, 26th

       Marine Regiment, 3rd Marine Division

Spent 77 days on hills 861a, 861, and 558 at Khe Sanh during ’68 Tet Offensive

Earned Combat Action Ribbon, 2 Vietnamese Crosses of Gallantry, the 26th Marine

       Regiment was awarded Presidential Unit Citation for the siege of Khe Sanh

I am 100% service connected

 

PTSD History:

Diagnosed with delayed PTSD in 1997

Attempted suicide in 2006

 

Accomplishments:

Chaplain 6 years on Advisory Committee of Georgia National Cemetery, Canton, GA 

Chairman of Friends of Veterans for 5 years, Canton, GA

Graduate of Theology (1978-81)

Masters of Divinity Degree (1989-1993)

Ph.D (2014-16) - Dissertation: Post Traumatic Stress Disorder: The Portal of Suffering

       Through Which Combat Veterans And Their Families Must Pass In Order To Be

       Established As God’s Mediatorial Humanity

Pastored 2 churches

Served on Campus Crusade for Christ staff, 1975-77

Taught Bible in Ukraine, Poland, Romania, Haiti, India, Mexico, Columbia S.A.

 

Publications & Interviews: 

1st Book – “A Long Healing Come Slowly about PTSD”

2nd Book – “So, You’ve Seen the “Elephant,” and Now You Need Help with Your

    P.T.S.D.? Vol. 1

3rd Book – “So, You’ve Seen the “Elephant,” and Now You Need Help with Your

                           P.T.S.D.? Vol. 2 

Articles for Red Clay, magazine of the Khe Sanh Veterans

Interviewed on WATC, Channel 57 two times

Interviewer for and been interviewed on WPCG/Grace Radio 102.9 many times

Kristina Brown Oct 29, 2019
stigmas surrounding mental health

Kristina Brown is a mother, writer, marketing / public relations consultant, and mental health advocate. Through her initiatives, Brown identifies myths and stigmas surrounding mental health by educating, empowering, opening dialogue, and creating a culture which views mental health as important as physical health.

Losing her mom, dad, big brother and only sibling to suicide is what prepared and convicted Brown to fearlessly and compassionately address shame surrounding mental illness. She began by encouraging her three daughters to reach out to those that struggle. Engaging corporate and civic leaders, school administrators, and citizens by challenging the status quo, Brown is changing the way communities, social media platforms, and places of work view mental health. Her life’s passion is to bring awareness to and inspire future generations with the knowledge that it only takes one person to make a difference in saving a life

Featured in The Dallas Morning News and recipient of the Presidential Silver Award for her commitment to community service, Brown is a volunteer facilitator with Journey of Hope, a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping families that have lost a loved one. A Field Advocate for The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP), Brown has helped raise almost three million dollars by taking an active leadership role in both of AFSP’s Texas Out of the Darkness Overnight Walks.

Brown received her undergraduate degree from the University of Texas at Austin and obtained her master’s degree in Mass Communications from Texas Tech University. She has spoken at Dell Computer, Marriott, and Estee Lauder Corporations. In addition to starting a nonprofit organization, Brown holds board positions with local nonprofit organizations and never turns down an opportunity to mentor students. An avid arts enthusiast, Brown resides in Frisco, Texas and can be found at one of the emerging art events where she was appointed Ambassador for the Frisco Arts Association.

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