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JBS pays tribute to our nation’s disabled veterans…

JBS Executive Director Robert Brescia and JBS Advisory Council members Marianne Brescia and Jonna Hebberd participated in a special screening of the Ric Burns documentary, “Debt of Honor” on Saturday evening. The event took place at Midland College – the Allison Fine Arts Building, Wagner & Brown Auditorium and was hosted by Basin PBS. The JBS group was also accompanied by two friends of JBS – UTPB Roden Center’s Enactus Vice President Kat McNeil and her husband Silas.

Dr. Brescia, a Board Director at Basin PBS, welcomed the audience and talked about the significance of this film and the importance of supporting all veterans as they reintegrate into their home communities. “The Veterans Administration (VA) is getting better, he said, “but it will take each and every one of us to bring about meaningful assistance to those who served.”

Following the film, a panel was held with Christopher Buck – Iraqi Freedom Veteran, Cassandra Champion – Veterans Rights Attorney, LeAnne Thornton – Veteran & Midland Vet Center, and Deborah Grassman – Founder & CEO, Opus Peace. The panel was moderated by Ron Pierce – Veteran & Sr. Director of PBS Veteran Initiatives, Washington, DC. After the panel, a special ceremony was held by Deborah Grassman. The ceremony served to help veterans like Midland’s Chris Buck to try and put the pain and “soul injury” behind them, accept their new lives, while still honoring their fallen comrades – those that didn’t survive.

Debt of Honor Screening

The John Ben Shepperd Public Leadership Institute is the state’s Center of Excellence for public leadership education, ethics, and public service. It prepares young Texans in these areas and conducts on-site leadership training at schools and organizations throughout Texas. The JBS Institute is co-located with and part of the University of Texas of the Permian Basin (UTPB). Information about the Shepperd Institute and the Texas Leadership Forum is available at www.shepperdinstitute.com.