Active-Duty Military LossFor those who are grieving the loss of a loved one who died while serving in the Armed Forces or as a result of his or her service, peer support – survivors helping survivors – has proven to be an effective strategy in assisting the bereaved.
Erin Jacobson with Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS) and surviving fiancée of Cpl. Jason Kessler, joins Paul Lisnek to offer hope to those families impacted by military loss.
Pat Tillman: A Legacy of LeadershipIn the aftermath of the Sept. 11 attacks, pro football player Pat Tillman left the NFL to serve in the U.S. Army. Although Tillman lost his life while on active duty in Afghanistan in 2004, his legacy lives on through a foundation that helps turn soldiers into scholars.
Jonathan Due, Director of Programs and Scholarships for the Pat Tillman Foundation, and Ashley Nicolas, a Pat Tillman Scholar, join Paul Lisnek for a discussion about helping soldiers and their spouses transition from combat to college campuses.
Combating Veteran HomelessnessAmerican veterans who have served in every war since WWII comprise approximately 11 percent of America’s total homeless population. And many more are at risk for homelessness. While housing is vital, employment and mental health services for our nation’s at-risk veterans can help prevent homelessness.
A discussion with Stephen Peck, President and CEO of U.S. Vets.
Streamlining the Military-to-Civilian TransitionReturning to the civilian sector after military service is an adjustment – whether reintegrating into family life, a change in routine and culture or reinventing oneself. Advocates say that the key to the transition experience is understanding one’s “civilian positionality."
Chaunte’ Myers, CEO and co-founder of Centurion Military Alliance (CMA), is an Air Force veteran who was raised in a military family. With firsthand knowledge of transition issues, Myers, through CMA, works to help ease the process for other military service personnel as they transition back to civilian life.
A New Approach to Treating PTSDEvery day, 20 veterans die by suicide, with rates increasing among veterans under the age of 35. And while help may be available, the majority of those suffering with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) do not seek assistance.
Benjamin Patton, Founder and Executive Director of the Patton Veterans Project and grandson of famed U.S. Army General George S. Patton, discusses a new approach to help veterans through the power of filmmaking.
Emboldening the Economy: Disabled Veteran HiringMeaningful employment is one of the greatest needs of our military veterans and those transitioning from military to civilian life. For the 4 million veterans with a service-connected disability, both visible and invisible, employment concerns include the need to change career paths and fear of hiring discrimination due to disability.
A discussion with Randy Reese, Assistant Executive Director of Disabled American Veterans (DAV).
Advancing Veteran EntrepreneurshipAdvocates say that our nation’s veterans are uniquely qualified to become creators, innovators and entrepreneurs. Experience with technology while in the service, combined with discipline and an ability to overcome adversity, make veterans and their spouses strong candidates to start a new business.
David Calone, Chairman of the Board for Patriot Boot Camp, discusses resources available to help active duty service members, veterans and their spouses innovate and build impactful businesses.
From Service to SchoolWhile more than half of veterans are first-generation college students, undermatching – a phenomenon in higher education where qualified applicants are not accepted by competitive colleges – is common.
A discussion with Andrea Goldstein, CEO of Service to School, about helping veterans gain admission to top-tier schools.
Military Family Relocation: Seeking a “New Normal”The average military family relocates every two and a half years due to military orders. While relocating keeps the family together, many military spouses may find themselves constantly seeking a “new normal.”
Military spouse Shannon Razsadin, Executive Director of the Military Family Advisory Network, has moved three times in five years with her young children in tow. She discusses efforts to help families navigate resources and support as they relocate.
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