Date - February 01, 2018
7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University, 1900 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy,, Philadelphia, PA 19103
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Wounded Warrior: A Soldier’ Story of Healing Through Birds

Wounded Warriors
Speaker: Jacqueline M. Howard and Robert C. Vallieres

Robert C. Vallieres struggled to find his “new normal” when he returned home after serving in the military. An accident in Kuwait left him suffering from traumatic brain injury (TBI) and internal injuries, leaving him in constant pain. After clinics, bottles of pain killers, and behavior modification pills, hope seemed to vanish. Until a local weekly newspaper ad caught his eye: a bird-watching trip to see raptors in the mountains of New Hampshire. An Emily Dickinson poem that states, “Hope is the thing with feathers that perches in the soul, and sings the tune – without the words, and never stops at all” sprang to mind.

Wounded Warriors is Vallieress’s story of self-healing from crippling “invisible” wounds through the help of birds.

Author Jacqueline M. Howard and Robert C. Vallieres will discuss the healing process and the book which includes field notes, poems and stories.

Meeting will be held in the BEES classroom.

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