EVENT: Eight Annual Honoring Women Veterans Conference, University of Evansville, June 17th

Iowa EVENT: Veterans History Project,”, June 19th

Iowa Court Reporters Association during their annual convention at Honey Creek Resort is looking for veterans who would like to attend and share their story of service to the United States.

On Monday, June 19, ICRA wants veterans to come to Honey Creek Resort and participate in the “Veterans History Project,” which was created by Congress in 2000 as part of the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress. The mission is to collect, preserve and make accessible to others the personal accounts of American war veterans so that future generations may hear their stories.

In 2003, the National Court Reporters Foundation partnered with the Library of Congress to produce transcripts of interviews with veterans to be sent to the Library of Congress.

Interviews last from 30 to 60 minutes and includes an interviewer, a court reporter and a videographer.

The veteran later receives a written transcript of the interview and a DVD to keep and share.

Business Training EVENT: National Center for Veteran Institute for Procurement (VIP) is now enrolling for the VIP GROW Program, June 20-22,

. . . VIP GROW is a 3-day, 27-hour comprehensive certification program designed for Veteran owned small businesses to increase their ability to win government contracts.

Facilitated by subject matter experts, participants receive hands-on market-based instruction that helps establish best business practices for Federal government contracting.

Since the program launched in 2009, 678 Veteran-Owned Small Businesses have graduated from VIP GROW. Click here for a recap of the December 2016 VIP GROW Session!

For more information and to enroll, go here:—Apply-to-VIP-GROW-Class—June-20-22–2017.html?soid=1101128334983&aid=2V61VIVWPBc


Saint Joseph’s University Training: SJU No Charge Veterans Entrepreneurial Jumpstart (VEJ), Application Deadline July 1st

The Veterans Entrepreneurial Jumpstart (VEJ) program is designed specifically to provide the tools, education and mentorship necessary to allow all qualified veterans the opportunity to start their own businesses.

We offer the latest training in business and entrepreneurship, utilizing the breadth of experience available through the renowned Haub School of Business, experienced faculty, and industry practitioners.


Applications are due by July 1, 2017.  Veterans accepted into the program will be able to begin Phase I in September 2017.

NATIONAL EVENT: Farmer Veteran Coalition of Michigan to Host Third Annual Stakeholders Conference, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI, Nov. 30th to Dec. 2nd Registration:

DAVIS, California – Farmer Veteran Coalition (FVC), a national nonprofit serving military veterans in agriculture, has announced that its Michigan chapter will host the third annual Farmer Veteran Stakeholders Conference this fall. The conference will be held November 30 to December 2 at the Kellogg Hotel & Conference Center at Michigan State University in East Lansing.

FVC-Michigan will work with MSU’s Vets to Ag Program to host the conference, which will bring more than 500 farmer veterans and supporters from around the country to the university. The conference will feature workshops on agricultural topics, business planning and personal wellness. Evenings will feature distinguished speakers from the military, government agencies and leaders in the agricultural industry.

“Our national conferences have been invaluable to building this important movement,” said FVC Director Michael O’Gorman. “We’ve seen dialog launched between our federal partners turn into national policy. We’ve seen important insight into what makes farming healing for veterans turn into valuable research. And we’ve seen the veterans themselves form a supportive community that has helped them immensely in their individual endeavors.”

Attending the conference, in addition to veterans pursuing agricultural careers, will be representatives of state and federal governmental partners, universities, veteran service organizations, farm organizations, farm training programs and non-profits working to connect veterans with agriculture. Some scholarships will be available to help veterans with travel and registration.

EVENT: American Legion welcomes vets to discuss VA health care, Honolulu, Dec. 6th

The American Legion invites all Honolulu area veterans and their family members to a town hall meeting to discuss their Veterans Affairs (VA) health care.

The meeting will be held at 8:30 a.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 6th at the Oahu Veterans Center at 1299 Kukila St, Honolulu, Hawaii.

The town hall event is one of about a dozen hosted by The American Legion in the United States this year. The Legion hosts these events to hear feedback from veterans about the quality of health care they receive at their local VA facility.

Representatives from The American Legion Department of Hawaii, The American Legion National Headquarters office in Washington, D.C., representatives from VA, and members of the Hawaii congressional delegation will be in attendance for the meeting.

EVENT: TX: VA Houston Veterans Legal Initiative free legal clinic at Lake Jackson VA Outpatient Clinic, Dec. 10th

Veterans Legal Initiative free legal clinic at Lake Jackson VA Outpatient Clinic, December 10th, 9am to noon. No appointment is necessary.

Free Cohen Clinics offer real hope for veterans dealing with mental health issues

In previous columns I’ve written about the critical role nongovernmental groups play in meeting the mental health needs of our veterans. The most notable is Boulder Crest Retreat, a privately funded, nonprofit wellness center in Bluemont, Virginia.

The latest philanthropic player to make a splash in the veteran mental health care arena is billionaire investor Steven A. Cohen. And what a big splash it is.

Inspired by his son, a Marine who served in Afghanistan, Cohen pledged $325 million to address the mental health needs of our nation’s war fighters. His most notable contribution is the Cohen Veterans Network.

Headed by Dr. Anthony Hassan, a distinguished Army enlisted member and Air Force officer, Dr. Hassan is charged with standing up free mental health clinics for veterans and their loved ones across the country.

To date, the network has five clinics up and running in New York, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, San Antonio and Addison, Texas.

Cohen is also funding Cohen Veterans Bioscience, a research group looking to advance the prevention, detection and treatment of traumatic brain injury, post-traumatic stress disorder and related conditions.

Overseen by successful clinical researcher and pharmaceutical executive Dr. Magali Haas, Cohen Veterans Bioscience plans to harness the promise of biotechnology for the broad goal of improving brain health.

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