2011 Program



2011 National Biennial Conference

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Sheraton National Hotel·900 S Orme Street·Arlington VA

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Preliminary Conference Program



(Panels and speakers are subject to change.)    Register here






DAY 1 – FRIDAY, October 21


9:00 am

Networking and onsite registration

Vestibule (off lobby)

9:30 am

Day on the Hill—visit your representatives


7:00 pm

Presentation of the Colors

Concourse Room


Introduction: Tom Howe, President VMFP
Remarks Matthew Cary, Executive Director VMFP 



Galaxy Room 

Cash bar, hot & cold hors d’oeuvres, entertainment by Sean Lane


DAY 2 – SATURDAY, October 22


7:00 am 

 Networking and onsite registration

 Vestibule (off lobby)

7:15 am

VSO, Veteran, Military Family Breakfast Forum

 Mezzanine/Board Room

 8:30 am

 Opening remarks VMFP President Tom Howe

 Conference Room

8:45 am

Jobs, Thomas Bandzul, Moderator

Brian Nichols, Manager, Warriors to Work – Wounded Warriors Project; Lisa Ford: Helmets to Hardhats; Matthew Cary, Director of the District of Columbia Office of Veterans Affairs, Executive Director Veterans and Military Families for Progress; James Gilbert, Director Union Veterans Council AFL-CIO

**Concurrent Jobs Fair—Mezzanine 3**

10:15 am

Healthcare Needs, Issues and Solutions for the Veteran and Military Family Community



Charles Eggleston, Charlene Nieman, Miranda Kruse: Military Widow, Suicide Survivor, Gold Star Wife; Paul Sullivan, Executive Director of Veterans for Common Sense


 11:30 am

Lunch Break (Grab and Go at Barista, Restaurant)


 1:00 pm

 Women’s Issues Forum: Marlisa Grogan, Service Women’s Action Network, Moderator



Linda Kreter, VeteranCaregiver.com; Kayla Williams, Iraq Vet & Author; Pamela Stokes Eggleston, Development Director, Blue Star Families


2:30 pm 

Education: Bill Dooling, Moderator

Michael Schindler: Operation Military Family; Katherine Gale: America’s Promise; Nicholas Laurys: VA Benefits Officer, University of MD





7:00 pm

2011 VMFP Recognition Awards Recognition Dinner

Galaxy Room


DAY 3 – SUNDAY, October 23

Conference Room: Membership Meeting


9:00 am

President’s Remarks Tom Howe, 2009-2011 President


9:10 am

Mission Issues update,  Chapter News


9:40 am

Elections and Business Meeting


10:45 am

Break for Member Voting


11:00 am

Announcement and Installation of  Newly-Elected Board


11:15 am

Incoming President’s Remarks


12:00 pm

Close of the Conference