They Made It A Priority To Fight For Us

by JIMMY PANETTA

U.S. Navy Lieutenant Jimmy Panetta in the Kunar Valley of Afghanistant in 2008.

Veterans Day provides an opportunity to recognize and honor all men and women who have answered the call of duty through military service to the United States of America. It also is a day on which our communities not only must express our appreciation, but also strengthen our spirit for those who served and are serving our country.

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CALTAP BENEFITS WEBINAR

On August 25th and 26th, the California Transition Assistance Program (CalTAP) and American River College are teaming up to host webinars designed to inform and connect Veterans of all eras to their earned federal and state benefits as well as provide continued support and assistance as their needs change over time through four pathways:

·     Core Curriculum: (Veteran 101, CA Benefits, Financial Literacy)

·     Education: (Selecting a School, Educational Benefits, UC & State Schools)

·     Employment: (Apprenticeship, Job Search, State Employment)

·       Entrepreneurship: (DVBE, Business Centers, Business Resources)

The event is being offered on two different days—be sure to register for one of them at the link below:

https://caltap.eventbrite.com/

Veteran and First Responder Prevention Virtual Conference Tickets – Friday September 11, 2020 at 8:30 am

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/veteran-and-first-responder-suicide-prevention-virtual-conference-tickets-117440873815

10th Annual LASPN Suicide Prevention Summit: Hope, Transformation & Well-Being

About this Event

This year’s 10th Annual Suicide Prevention Summit will focus on the impacts of COVID-19, systemic racism and oppression, and community violence. Our goal is to bring together the brightest minds in Suicide Prevention, to present talks that foster hope, transformation and well-being. Collectively we will explore the role all of us can play in suicide prevention.

Day 3 – Sept 11th: 8:30 am – 2:00 pm (Hosted by CalVet)

This session requires special registration – space is limited. Please complete Eventbrite registration to receive Zoom instructions.

08:30 – 09:00: 9/11 Commemoration Ceremony: Moment of Silence & Reflection.

  • Introduction: Keith Boylan-Deputy Secretary-Veterans Services Division, CalVet
  • Welcome: Colette Thomas (LACDMH), James Zenner (VPAN LACDMH), Steve Peck (CEO, U.S. VETS)

09:00 – 10:30: Session 1: Military & Suicide

  • Keynote April Foreman (American Association of Suicidology, Exec Board) “Focusing on the impacts of COVID-19, systemic racism and oppression, and community violence”

10:40 – 12:10: Session 2: First Responders & Veterans “Who watches the watchers? Protecting and serving those who Protect & Serve”

  • Speakers include: Brian Malte (Hope & Heal Fund), Miatta Snetter (U.S. VETS), and Crystal Williams (LACDMH) and more TBA.
  • Moderated by: David Weiner (Former Chief of Police, Long Beach VA)

12:30 – 14:00: Session 3: Panel Discussion: “Bringing hope to life: What Suicide Prevention means to me”

  • Panelists include: Tess Banko (UCLA/VA Veterans Family Wellness Center), Roberto Alvarez (LA County 5th District Supervisor Kathryn Barger, Special Assistant, Military and Veterans Affairs), Nathan Graeser (Brigade Chaplain, California Army National Guard), and Eric Barrera (VPAN LACDMH & Marine Corps Veteran)
  • Moderated by: Robert K. Stohr (Executive Director, U.S. VETS Patriotic Hall)

Learn more about our speakers below

Speakers will be updated soon