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Macomb Community College hosts Aug. 7 veterans event focused on the needs of returning combat veterans

– Wednesday, July 23, 2014 12:00AM

Features presenters from Detroit VA Healthcare System

Macomb Community College, in partnership with at the Detroit VA Healthcare System, is hosting a free three-hour event for veterans, their family members and other community stakeholders to highlight resources available to returning combat veterans.

“Working with the Combat Veteran Population” will be held on Thursday, Aug. 7, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the Lorenzo Cultural Center, 44575 Garfield Road, on Macomb’s Center Campus in Clinton Township. For information or to register, call 313.576.1301.

Topics covered will include:

  • Issues surrounding military deployment
  • Behavioral health issues
  • Post-deployment medical and environmental concerns
  • Vocational rehabilitation services
  • The Post-9/11 GI Bill

James Jacobs, president of Macomb Community College, will provide opening remarks. Those scheduled to present are: Dr. Melva Coleman, program manager at Detroit VA Healthcare; Herbert Thomas, Jr., employment specialist at the Veteran’s Administration’s Detroit regional office; Dr. Christian Schutte, a neuropsychologist with Detroit VA Healthcare; and Dr. Saroj Chowdhury, Detroit VA Healthcare’s primary care provider for veterans returning from Afghanistan and Iraq.  A question-and-answer session will follow presentations.  

Representatives of service providers as well as local colleges and universities will be on hand to answer questions about services they provide to veterans.  The groups to be represented will include: Walsh College, Macomb County Veteran Services, Wayne County Veteran Services, Pontiac Veteran Center, Veterans Benefits Administration-Vocational Rehabilitation Services and Michigan Works. Refreshments and door prizes also will be available.

“Returning combat veterans deserve all the support we can give them,” said Geary Maiuri, Macomb’s dean of student and community services. “This event is a part of Macomb’s ongoing commitment to support our community’s veterans in tapping vital services and educational opportunities.”

Named by G.I. Jobs magazine as one of its Military Friendly Schools for 2014, Macomb provides veterans, reservists and their dependents assistance and support through various initiatives. Those include counseling and advising support, a student veteran organization, scholarships and links to local, regional, state and federal veterans’ information. 

Macomb also hosts annual Veterans Day ceremonies at its South and Center campuses and an annual Veterans Stand Down event on South Campus. The Stand Down offers veterans a broad range of health and social services, including medical, legal and mental health assistance, employment services and housing referrals. This year’s Stand Down is scheduled for Sept. 26.

About Detroit VA Healthcare System
Since 1939, the Detroit VA Healthcare System has been improving the health of the men and women who have served our nation. Services are available to the more than 330,000 veterans living in Wayne, Oakland, Macomb and St. Clair counties.  This population represents approximately 44 percent of the veteran population in the Lower Peninsula of Michigan. For more information, visit

About Macomb Community College
Macomb Community College ( is one of the nation’s leading community colleges, providing learning experiences to nearly 48,000 students annually.  Macomb nationally ranks in the top two percent in the number of associate degrees awarded by community colleges and as the largest grantor of associate degrees in Michigan.  The college’s comprehensive educational programming includes pre-collegiate experiences, university transfer and career preparation programs, bachelor degree completion and graduate degree programs, workforce training, professional education and certification, and continuing education and enrichment opportunities.

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