Fort McCoy News September 27, 2013

Best-selling author talks about resiliency

Best-selling author Dave Pelzer addressed the topics of resiliency and succeeding in life with an audience of about 60 people Sept. 12 at Fort McCoy.

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A large crowd listens to a presentation by Dave Pelzer, a best-selling author,
at McCoy's. Fort McCoy's Army Community Service hosted the special
event Sept. 12. Pelzer, who spent 11 years in the Air Force, is familiar
with military issues and how resiliency can help overcome those concerns.

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The 90-minute presentation, entitled "Your Resolve," described how people can move past challenges that happen in their life to be successful, said Terry Rogalla, Fort McCoy Family Advocacy Program manager for Army Community Service (ACS).

"We were thrilled to bring such a well-known author to Fort McCoy," Rogalla said.

Pelzer has had books ("A Child Called 'It'" and "The Lost Boy") on the New York Times Best-Sellers List and also has international best-seller recognition.

Pelzer survived a life-threatening childhood that included abuse to become a best-selling author and imparts information about using lessons learned to deal with life's challenges.

Rogalla said Pelzer served 11 years in the Air Force so he is familiar with how military personnel use resiliency to help deal with their life issues.

Fort McCoy opened up the presentation to allow professionals and others in the child abuse prevention field in the surrounding communities to attend and hear Pelzer's talk. The installation has partnerships with a number of local organizations in its pursuit of preventing and addressing child abuse and neglect.

"It was truly gratifying to be able to invite our partners to this unique opportunity here at Fort McCoy," he said.

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Dave Pelzer, a best-selling author, talks about how people can overcome life
events to excel even in the face of adversity.
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"(Pelzer) showed the attendees that even though things happen to us, sometimes horrible things, that we can still excel, even in the face of adversity," Rogalla said. "In the future, we hope we can bring other well-known authors and speakers to present on similar Family and resiliency-related topics."

For more information about the Family Advocacy Program in the Fort McCoy community, call ACS at 608-388-3505/2412.