MANATEE -- With the approach of Veterans Day, Tuesday, Nov. 11, the Roskamp Institute is hosting its first open house for vets beginning at 10 a.m. Friday to showcase the research it is doing on Gulf War Illness, traumatic brain injury and post-traumatic stress disorder.
Veterans will have the chance to sign up for monitoring and possible clinical trials.
"This is in honor of veterans. If they want to come uniform, that will be fantastic," said Roskamp President Fiona C. Crawford.
Roskamp plans to expand its clinical operations at 2040 Whitfield Ave. in southern Manatee County to provide a greater resource for veterans and active duty military.
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"We are well aware of the many issues faced by veterans when they try to get help," said James Humphrey of Roskamp.
Roskamp may be best known for its Alzheimer's research program and is currently conducting a clinical trial on it in Europe.
Friday's program begins with an overview of Roskamp's research approaches and clinic activities followed by talks on traumatic brain injury, Gulf War Illness and post-traumatic stress disorder. Laboratory tours where vets can learn more will be available.
"Folks can attend everything if they like, or attend one thing and then leave," Crawford said.
Roskamp will also serve a free lunch to the veterans.
"Our staff is excited by the opportunity to interact with veterans and hear their experiences," Crawford said.
Thomas G. "Skip" Hannon, commander of Korean War Veterans Alliance Chapter 199, applauded Roskamp's outreach to veterans.
Referring to the toll taken by recent wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, America's armed forces are under "terrible strain," Hannon said.
Veterans who want to take part in the Roskamp open house are asked to register by calling 941-752-2949.
"We are hoping for good turnout," Crawford said.
James A. Jones Jr., Herald reporter, can be contacted at 941-745-7053 or on Twitter @jajones1.