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To the Editor:

Since the tragic events of December 14, numerous communities and people from around the country who have experienced similar tragedies have reached out to the United Way of Western Connecticut. They have shared with us their stories and lessons learned with us and have been a source of strength and inspiration.

We believe that our community could benefit from hearing what they have to say.

With that in mind, we cordially invite members of the public to attend a free community forum on February 27 at the Ives Concert Hall on the campus of Western Connecticut State University at 7 p.m. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. The forum will also be broadcast live over the internet at LiveStream.com.

Speaking at the forum are the principal of Colorado¹s Columbine High School, the executive director of Voices of September 11, a law enforcement chaplain who responded to the Sikh Temple shooting in Wisconsin and a psychologist specializing in post-traumatic stress disorder.

We recognize that the events of December 14, 2012 have pushed us all into uncharted territory. The forum is an opportunity for us to hear what others have learned about bereavement, trauma and recovery -- lessons that can help our community heal from this terrible tragedy, one step at a time.

Sincerely yours,

James Schmotter, President, Western Connecticut State University and Board Member United Way of Western Connecticut

Kimberly Morgan, CEO,United Way of Western Connecticut

85 West Street, Danbury                  February 20, 2013

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