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VMFP Conference Opens With Full Agenda

ARLINGTON, VA– A mix of Congressional visits, panels, job fair, and socializing will focus Veterans and Military Families for Progress on “Completing the Mission: Fulfilling our Nation’s Responsibilities to Those Who have Served and Sacrificed” at the organization’s conference Friday through Sunday at the Sheraton National Hotel, 900 South Orme St., Arlington, VA.  The conference is open to the general public.

Thomas Bandzul, Associate Counsel at Veterans For Common Sense,  will moderate a Veterans Employment panel made up of Brian Nichols, Manager, Warriors to Work, Wounded Warriors Project,; and Lisa J. Ford, Executive Assistant for the Helmets to Hardhats program.

Healthcare Needs, Issues and Solutions for the Veteran and Military Family Community, will be addressed by: Charlene Neiman, Director of Development for Crisis Link; Charles Eggleston, Iraq veteran, and Miranda Kruse, a Gold Star wife.

Needs of women veterans will be specifically considered by Kayla Williams, Linda Kruter, and Pamela Stokes Eggleston.  Williams is a former sergeant, Arabic linguist, and author of “Love My Rifle More Than You: Young and Female in the U.S. Army.”  Kruter is with VeteranCaregiver.com, and Stokes Eggleston is Development Director for Blue Star Families, Vice President and COO of Three Seven Consulting, Inc., and a grant reviewer for the Department of Defense’s Congressionally Directed Medical Research Program.

Among speakers on veterans’ education are: Michael Schindler, President of Operation Military Family, and Katherine Gale, Policy Associate with the Initiative for Military Families at America’s Promise Alliance.  Schindler is author of the book “Operation Military Family” and of “The Military Wire” blog.  Gale’s work for the Initiative focuses on state policies that affect service members, veterans, and their families, including k-12 and post-secondary education.

Organizations helping to underwrite convention costs include: The International Association of Machinists & Aerospace Workers; Building and Construction Trades Department, AFL-CIO, and National Resource Directory.

Veterans and Military Families for Progress is a 21st Century grassroots organization dedicated to ensuring that the rights and needs of veterans, military service members (including active-duty, Guard and Reserve) – and their families – are understood by the American public, endorsed by our elected officials, and protected by legislation, regulation, and public policy initiatives.

For more information, see the full schedule at the organization’s website, www.vmfp.net, or call President Tom Howe at 563-588-2698.

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