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Iraq war veteran to speak about returning to civilian life in event set for April 11 at MSU

April 6, 2016 -- MSU News Service

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An Iraq war veteran will speak about his personal experience of returning to civilian life after surviving an attack in which his peers were killed in an event set for 5 p.m. Monday, April 11, at Montana State University.

Dustin Smith, who participates in the Montana-based Heroes and Horses program, will also address how the program helped him to adjust to civilian life. Smith’s talk will be held in rooms 233-235 of the SUB.

In addition to Smith, Micah Fink, executive director of Heroes and Horses and retired Navy SEAL, will discuss the organization’s work with returning veterans and goals for the future.

The event is hosted by the MSU College of Nursing and MSU’s Veteran Services office.

Doors will open at 4:30 p.m. for seating. The presentation will be followed by a question and answer session from 6-7 p.m.

As part of the event, a new short film about the program will be shown for the first time in Montana.

The Heroes and Horses program is a local grass roots organization based in Manhattan, Montana, that was created by veterans, for veterans. It has received national attention for its successful model of intervention and life change. 

The event is free, but seating is limited. Participants should contact Trish Clayburgh, (970) 219-9154 or, for advance reservations.

Contact: Tricia Clayburgh, College of Nursing, (970) 219-9154 or