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Our soldiers fighting the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan are enduring unimaginable stress on a daily basis. What people might not know, however, is that their friends and family members, the people left behind to maintain a sense of normalcy in the face of the great and many dangers their loved ones encounter, also experience undue levels of stress and worry on a daily basis. In response to this very real problem, the Community Counseling Center of SLO is forming a support group for friends and family members of military personnel who are dealing with “vicarious Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome.�

The group will meet Thursdays, from 12-1 p.m. at 1129 Marsh St. beginning March 16. Masters in Social Work trainee Shelly Blanc will facilitate, and her childhood growing up on military bases and subsequent experience dealing with people suffering from post-traumatic stress make her an ideal candidate to assist people struggling with this problem. For more info call 543-7969. …

 Going into business for yourself? The Service Corps of Retired Executives (SCORE) is offering a free workshop for managers, entrepreneurs, and future business owners to help them navigate the world of commerce with ease and efficiency. “Starting a New Business� will address business plans, financial reporting, considerations for going into business, and personal attributes that can help make or break an idea. The one-day event will be held on March 15, from 9 a.m. to noon at the Creekside Career Center, 4111 Broad St., in SLO. For more info call 788-2631 or go to∆

Staff Writer Alice Moss compiled this week’s Strokes & Plugs. What’s your business all about? Send your info to

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