Panel to discuss the affects of war on families

Wednesday, May 19, 2010 at 11:45pm
Staff reports

If you’ve ever wondered how a family feels when their loved one is away at war, plan a visit to the panel discussion, “The Other Side of War,” hosted by Tennessee first lady Andrea Conte.

The event — at 6 p.m. Tuesday, May 25 at Conservation Hall — will feature a panel discussion focused on the challenges facing families left behind when a loved one is deployed to war. The event is open to the public at no charge; however, seating is limited and reservations are required.

“In addition to the men and women who are called into service, the families of our soldiers are troopers, too” Conte said. “Whether they’re a partner who stays at home to run a household, a parent whose child has answered the call to service, or a child who endures while mom or dad is away, they all face daily challenges and must persevere to maintain a sense of normalcy through a difficult time.”

The discussion will address the impact war has on military families and the ways they cope with their unique day-to-day and long-term challenges.

NewsChannel5 anchor Vicki Yates will moderate the discussion. Panelists will include:

Sgt. Kevin Downs, Operation Iraqi Freedom veteran
Cassandra Flanigan, Gold Star Spouse CW3 William T. Flanigan
Keeley Stewart, daughter of LTC Kevin Stewart

Parking is available at Judson Baptist Church, which is located at 4900 Franklin Pike. A shuttle service will begin at 5 p.m. Parking will not be available at the Residence.

To make a reservation, call 741-7846 or send an email to