What: Volunteers of America will host Facing the Invisible Wounds of War, a panel discussion which will focus on the challenges facing many of America’s returning veterans including post-traumatic stress disorder, traumatic brain injury, military sexual trauma, addiction and other barriers to building strong civilian lives. Participants include:
- David Gregory of NBC’s Meet the Press, will moderate the panel of
- Richard Lugar, former U.S. Senator (R-Ind.);
- Koby Langley, senior advisor, Corporation for National and Community Service;
- Jonathan Sherin, M.D., PhD, exec. vice president of veterans affairs for Volunteers of America, he works extensively with returning vets and is an expert in PTSD, TBI and other afflictions;
- Kelly Caffarelli, president, The Home Depot Foundation. The foundation has committed more than $8 million to helping returning veterans.
When: Tuesday, June 18, 2013 from 9 to 11 am. Open to the public with no charge to attend.
Where: National Press Club, 529 14th Street, N.W., 13th Floor, Washington, D.C., 20045
Volunteers of America (VOA.org) is one of the largest national providers of housing and programs for homeless veterans and their families. The organization is a national, faith-based non-profit dedicated to helping America's most vulnerable groups including seniors, at-risk youth, the homeless and disabled to rebuild their lives. Responding in particular to the challenges facing veterans returning from Afghanistan and Iraq, many of whom suffer from Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), as well as those who served in prior conflicts, Volunteers of America is building housing for veterans. Volunteers of America has veteran programs around the country including special housing, services and programs for returning veterans as well as aging vets. A program for women veterans is also helping single mothers and other female veterans who are finding it difficult to transition back into civilian life.