Local cadet graduates from West Point

Cadet Colin Michael O'Donnell, son of James and Bridget O'Donnell of Stow, graduated from the U.S. Military Academy May 26.

While at West Point, he concentrated his studies in foreign languages and was commissioned a second lieutenant in the U.S. Army upon graduation. O'Donnell has branched Armor Corps and will complete his Officer Basic Course at Ft. Knox, Ky.

O'Donnell graduated from Walsh Jesuit High School in 2003.

'Tribute To Our Troops' event set for July 28

"A Tribute to Our Troops" is scheduled to take place July 28 at Clay's Park Resort in Canal Fulton as part of the fourth annual 'Rock N Resort Music Festival.' Organizers say the event draws more than 10,000 each day of the three day festival, and plans to celebrate our country's military as part of the festivities.

"This year we are celebrating a different charity each day of the festival," said Lowery D. Lockard, event producer/coordinator said. "Saturday is a day for celebrating the service of our military of today and yesterday."

The charity focus will take place July 27 with the Dane Foundation and on July 29 the Summit County, Guns and Hoses charity benefit is scheduled.

The organization also will prepare personalized care packages to be sent directly to Northeast Ohio military that are stationed throughout the world.

A list of items being collected is on the event's Web site, www.RockNResort.com.

"In addition to care packages, we are encouraging the public to submit current or veteran military personnel for recognition at the event," Lockard said. "Photos, videos and messages can be submitted on behalf of active service personnel, a veteran, or those that have given their lives for our country."

For more information on the Tribute To Our Troops event, contact Fine Productions, Inc. at 330-603-1201 or 'Rock N Resort Music Festival' at 1-800-860-4FUN.

USO collecting

items for troops

The USO of Northern Ohio is collecting items to fill care packages to be shipped to local service men and women deployed overseas.

The USO is in need of the following items: cans of tuna; fruit snack cups and cans; fruit snacks; raisins; beef jerky; cans of vegetables; cans of soup and stew; disposable cameras; eye drops; cough drops; and 2007 calendars.

For a complete list of dropoff sites visit the USO's Web site at www.usocleveland.org, or call 440-454-2537.

Since March 2003, the USO has sent more than 40,000 boxes to troops in the Middle East, Afghanistan, Korea, Kosovo, and other remote locations.

Professionals sought

to assist veterans

Give an Hour, a nonprofit organization dedicated to developing a national network of volunteers to respond to acute and chronic needs within society, is establishing a national network of mental health professionals to reach out to the U.S. troops and families affected by the conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq.

More than 100 mental health providers already are registered nationwide.

Mental health professionals who join Give an Hour will donate one hour of their time each week to provide free mental health services to military personnel and their families.

Professionals are being asked to provide the type of services they currently provide in their offices for up to one year to provide continuity of care for these military clients.

"We spent almost two years establishing the scaffolding to support our not-for-profit organization and writing grants to sustain it," said Dr. Barbara Romberg, Give an Hour's executive director. "Once we have an adequate panel of mental health providers, we can move to the implementation phase and begin providing services."

Give an Hour is recruiting providers with expertise in areas including marital counseling, substance abuse counseling, traumatic brain injury treatment and support, child and family counseling as well as the assessment and treatment of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.

"We know that at least 12 percent of the returning soldiers will come back from Iraq with a serious mental disorder," Romberg said. "We know that family members are also severely affected by a soldier's experience of trauma."

Licensed mental health providers who wish to volunteer for the project are invited to visit www.giveanhour.org to sign up for the national network and to learn more about the organization, or to e-mail Romberg at bvromberg@giveanhour.org.

Volunteers interested in helping to develop and implement this project also are welcome.