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2014 Warrior-Family Symposium Focuses on Transitioning Forward
Date:7/22/2014

Alexandria, Va. (PRWEB) July 22, 2014

The 2014 Warrior-Family Symposium (WFS) is Wednesday, Sept. 10, at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center in Washington, D.C. The event, “Transitioning Forward: Warriors, Military Families and Civilian Communities,” will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., (registration opens at 7:30 a.m.) and cohosted by the Military Officers Association of America (MOAA) and the National Defense Industrial Association (NDIA). USAA is the Executive Sponsor of the event.

The WFS will provide a forum for governmental and non-governmental organizations to explore and address the matters and needs that currently serving personnel and veterans and their children, spouses and caregivers face when tackling the transition from the military into a civilian environment while managing challenges of combat/operational stress, mental health or behavioral health care concerns.

Three panels and workshops will focus on:

  •     Managing reintegration from the military to civilian community, highlighting what works.
  •     The needs and impact on military children and families dealing with mental health concerns in the home and why this matters to every community.
  •     Tools for navigating a smoother transition in terms of how veterans, military families and children can better manage the challenges associated with combat/operational stress and PTS, before and during reintegration.

Registration is free and includes lunch. The morning and afternoon panels are:

  •     “Life at Home: Tackling Education, Employment and Justice”
  •     “Behavioral Health: Why Military Children and Families Matter in a Civilian Community” (Moderated by Lee Woodruff, cofounder, Bob Woodruff Foundation; author of New York Times bestseller, In an Instant: A Family’s Journey of Love and Healing)
  •     “Paths for Achieving Readiness for Tomorrow” (Moderated by Derek McGinty, weekday anchor, WUSA 9 News, and weeknight co-anchor, WUSA 9 News)

To register and view the complete event agenda with a full speaker list, please visit http://www.moaa.org/wfs.

Who Should Attend: administration, congressional, DoD, military service departments, VA, Department of Labor, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, and other governmental and non-governmental leaders and staff members; servicemembers and veterans; military families’ caregivers; educators; justice-involved veteran professionals and volunteers; medical and nonmedical professionals; lawmakers; industry and community leaders; and other interested organizations and individuals.

MEDIA NOTE: All media attendees interested in covering the event can register by emailing pr(at)moaa(dot)org; include your name, outlet, email, and phone number. There will be a media check-in at the event.

Speakers, panelists and leaders of MOAA and NDIA will be available for interviews.

Follow the discussion on Twitter with #WFS2014.

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About MOAA:
Military Officers Association of America (MOAA) is the nation’s largest officers association with more than 380,000 members from every branch of service, including active duty, retired, National Guard, Reserve, and former officers and their families and survivors. MOAA is a nonprofit and politically nonpartisan organization and an influential force in promoting a strong national defense. MOAA represents the interests of service members and their families in every stage of their lives and careers, and for those who are not eligible to join MOAA, Voices for America’s Troops is a nonprofit MOAA affiliate that supports a strong national defense. For more information, visit http://www.moaa.org or http://www.voicesfortroops.org.

About National Defense Industrial Association (NDIA):
The National Defense Industrial Association (NDIA) is America’s leading Defense Industry association promoting national security. NDIA provides a legal and ethical forum for the exchange of information between Industry and Government on National Security issues. NDIA members foster the development of the most innovative and superior equipment, training and support for warfighters and first responders through our divisions, local chapters, affiliated associations and events.

Members of the news media who wish to be added to MOAA’s media distribution list for news releases, please contact requestnews(at)moaa(dot)org. Visit MOAA’s Multimedia & Press Room at http://www.moaa.org/media/default.htm.

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