SU Welcomes Acclaimed Journalist Bob Woodruff

ABC correspondent to discuss needs of veterans and their families
2011-06-28
By Stacy Howard
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Photo Credit: ABC News

Award-winning journalist Bob Woodruff will visit Seattle next month to address the importance of adequately meeting veterans’ needs. As our country nears 10 years of war in Afghanistan and Iraq, the challenges facing soldiers when they return home are unlike any other era in our history, and Woodruff has a unique perspective on the story. 

In 2006, Woodruff suffered critical injuries including a traumatic brain injury in a roadside bombing while on assignment in Iraq. After a long road to recovery, he and his family founded the Bob Woodruff Foundation to raise awareness and money to assist members of the military with cognitive rehabilitation and other care needs following traumatic brain injuries suffered during service to their country.  

Woodruff will visit with veterans among SU faculty, staff and students then lead a panel discussion at Town Hall, where the public is invited to join the conversation about the need for veteran reintegration support upon returning home from deployment. 

Also on the panel will be SU Student Timm Lovitt who served two tours in Iraq, suffered a traumatic brain injury and now travels to train others in how to overcome obstacles and succeed. Other panelists include:  SU Instructor and Veteran Audrey Hudgins, Assistant Director of Veteran Services for the Washington State Department of Veterans Affairs Mary Forbes and Veteran Advocate Sheila Sebron of the Committee to End Homelessness in King. KOMO TV’s Bryan Johnson, senior correspondent/analyst will moderate the discussion. 

Woodruff’s visit is part of the Seattle University Project on Family Homelessness that raises public awareness of family homelessness, which is growing rapidly among veterans, especially females and young vets. 

WHEN: Friday, July 15, 2011 

           ROTC Event, 12-1:30 p.m. 
           Town Hall Event, 7-9 p.m. 

WHERE: Seattle University ROTC Building 
             709 13th Ave. Seattle, WA  

             Town Hall Seattle 
             1119 8th Ave. Seattle, WA 

**Media Availability – Woodruff is available for one-on-one interviews by phone on Thursday July 14 from 1-3 p.m. PST and in person at 6:30 p.m. inside Town Hall. Call media contact if interested. 

Note: The Town Hall event is open to the public but tickets are $5 and will only be sold online prior to event at http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/183732 

For more information on SU’s homelessness project visit: http://www.seattleu.edu/artsci/communication/csc/ 

For more information on SU’s ROTC program, visit: http://www.seattleu.edu/rotc/