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SPL Veterans' Club sponsors free program for veterans, families in the post-9/11 era

Lt. Laura Lakin(SHARON, MA) – The devastating effects of traumatic brain injury (TBI), post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and related “invisible injuries,” have been well documented among veterans of the Post-9/11 era. On Monday, October 17, from 10:00 am – noon, the Veterans’ Club of the Sharon Public Library (SPL) will host 1st Lieutenant Laura Lakin of Home Base for a free public presentation about the organization’s services for veterans and family members struggling with these and other conditions.

The only private clinic in New England that focuses on helping at-risk veterans and military families regain the lives they once had, Home Base brings together a multi-disciplinary team of experts to care for veterans in a family-based clinic. A partnership of the Red Sox and Massachusetts General Hospital, Home Base and works with the Veterans Administration and the Department of Defense to help Post-9/11 service members, veterans and their families and promote the health and wellbeing of veterans nationwide. It has been reported that four out of five Vietnam War veterans reported recent symptoms of PTSD 20 - 25 years after Vietnam.

Associate director of outreach and peer support for Home Base, Lt. Lakin acts as a liaison between veteran clients and families and the organization’s clinical team. She also provides community outreach and partners with other veterans’ organizations to better serve New England area veterans. A member of the Massachusetts National Guard since 2007 and a veteran of service in Afghanistan, Lt. Lakin was awarded the Afghanistan Campaign Medical, Joint Service Commendation Medal, and North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) Medal. She holds a Master’s degree in social work from Boston University and a Bachelor’s degree in political science from Drew University. She served as state resilience coordinator for the Massachusetts Army National Guard for two years.

This important community education program is free and open to the public. It will be held in the Cynthia B. Fox Community Room. Pre-registration is not required.

For more information, contact SPL Executive Director LeeAnn Amend at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or phone 781.784.1578, ext. 1425.

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A member of the Old Colony Library Network (OCLN) with a collection in a wide range of traditional and digital formats, the Sharon Public Library (SPL) is committed to serving the informational, educational, cultural and recreational needs of all members of the Sharon community by providing access to a professional staff, a state-of-the-art facility and quality materials, programs and services.

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