Military veterans who come home from war with emotional scars and other issues have enough to deal with. Its worse when they live in rural settings where they dont always have access to the outreach services they need.

Thats where social workers come in, and West Virginia Universitys Division of Social Work is taking up the cause with a special talk at 7 p.m. Monday, March 19, at the Erickson Alumni Center on the Evansdale Campus.

Our Invisible Heroes: Rural Veterans, Implications for Social Work,will be discussed by longtime health professional Hilda Heady.

Heady is associate vice president for rural health at WVU s Robert C. Byrd Health Sciences Center. Shes been a hospital administrator, and has worked 36 years to advance the cause of rural healthcare in West Virginia.

Shes a recognized leader in the areas of rural health reform, policy development and technical assistancewhile also coordinating statewide health resources for rural health.

Her talk has been approved for 1 hour of continuing education credit for the states licensed social workers. Attendance forms and evaluation forms will be available at the door, and pre-registration is not required.

The talk is part of Social Work Month at WVU .

Along with the Division of Social Work, co-sponsors are the Eberly College of Arts and Sciences, the School of Applied Social Sciences and the Graduate Social Work Organization.

For more information, contact event organizer Ashleigh Ochs at