NY: EVENT: Housing Law Legal Stand Down, NYC, August 21st

NY Legal Assistance Group offers an informational presentation called “Housing Law” on August 21, 11am.


August 21, 2017 at 11am – 12pm


Manhattan VA
423 E 23rd St
Clubhouse, Room 2694
New York, NY 10010
United States

Mini-MBA: Business Management for Military and Veterans at Rutgers University (NJ), August 21st – 25th

The Mini-MBA: Business Management for Military and Veterans program offers an overview of the key concepts, tools, and techniques that are required to succeed in a challenging civilian business environment.

This program August 21 – 25, uniquely mixes veterans, transitioning military personnel, and civilian employers in the same classroom to provide all with a better understanding of how to capitalize upon years of military training, and how the knowledge and skills gained apply to a civilian workplace.

Funding may be available for those eligible to receive GI Bill educational benefits

EVENT: 2017 National Women Veterans Summit, Huston, August 25th – 26th

The event is scheduled for August 25-26, 2017 in Houston, Texas.

The event is being hosted by VA’s Center for Women Veterans and the Veterans Experience Office and with the support of partners including Disabled American Veterans, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Paralyzed Veterans of America, Vietnam Veterans of America, The American Legion, Military Officers Association of America, AMVETS, Blinded Veterans Association, Military Order of the Purple Heart, Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America, Optum, General Electric, USAA, and the Veterans Canteen Service.

Register now!

EVENT: Save the date: VA / Elizabeth Dole Foundation 2nd Annual National Convening:  The Military Caregiver Journey, Washington, DC, November 13th

Check back on this page (link above) for updates and information on the Elizabeth Dole Foundation’s 2nd Annual Hidden Heroes Caregiver Summit: The Military Caregiver Journey.

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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