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Military expert to discuss combat veterans’ transition

David J. Danelo, Director of the Field Research Program at the Foreign Policy Research Institute and a Senior Fellow in its Program on National Security, will speak at Thomas University about the challenges facing combat veterans as they transition away from the war zone.

Danelo’s presentation, “Post Traumatic Stress Asset: A Warrior’s View of Life After Combat,” will be held at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 15, in the Flowers Foods Executive Classroom inside Smith-Bonvillian Hall on TU’s Forbes Campus. The public is invited to attend, and there is no admission charge.

In addition to his work at the Foreign Policy Research Institute, Danelo is also an adjunct professor with the University of Texas at El Paso's National Security Studies Institute.  He writes about international affairs, consults on border security and management, investigates geopolitical risk, advocates for and coaches U.S. military veterans, and conducts global field research.

A 1998 U.S. Naval Academy graduate, Danelo served seven years as a Marine Corps infantry officer, including a 2004 Iraq deployment as a convoy commander, intelligence officer and provisional executive officer. After leaving active duty, Danelo wrote three critically acclaimed books: “Blood Stripes, The Grunt's View of the War in Iraq;” “The Border: Exploring the US-Mexican Divide;” and “The Return: A Field Manual for Life After Combat.”

From 2011 to 2012 he directed policy and planning for US Customs and Border Protection, within the Department of Homeland Security. His next book, “The Field Researcher's Handbook: A Guide to the Art and Science of Professional Fieldwork,” is slated for April 2017 publication by Georgetown University Press.

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