Wednesday, October 01, 2008


A conference focusing on female veterans will get a little 1980’s star power from Def Leppard drummer Rick Allen.

Allen will lead one of two healing ceremonies at the conference, to be held on Oct. 2 at the Albuquerque Hilton Hotel. The conference, “Beyond the Yellow Ribbon: Proudly She Served,” will focus on treating women veterans suffering physically, mentally or emotionally from their military service.

Workshops at the event will help veterans understand their medical and educational benefits at the state and federal levels. Allen, and his wife, Lauren Monroe, will perform a healing ceremony celebrating women warriors.

Allen and Monroe founded the Raven Drum Foundation in 2001 to educate, support, and empower veterans and all trauma survivors.

Allen lost an arm in a car accident while at the height of worldwide fame with the rock and heavy metal band. He still tours with the group. Monroe is a practitioner and teacher of energy healing and massage. The two felt they were able to offer soldiers practical healing tools and personal experience about overcoming trauma. For more information on the day-long conference, call (505) 459-0367.
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