The Soldiers Project Announces Annual Conference: “A Pathway Home –Challenges and Solutions,” June 8-10, 2012 in Los Angeles
The Soldiers Project
May 31, 2012
The Soldiers Project’s third national conference is coming soon and we have been busy with the planning. The conference will once again take place at USC, and the dates are June 8th through the 10th.
We have an outstanding array of presenters who will deepen our understanding of the challenges facing our troops, families, and communities as increasing numbers of our Veterans are coming home.
The conference is a wonderful opportunity to meet with other volunteers, Veterans, and military service providers, and to share experiences. Please plan to join us to learn, connect, and have an enriching weekend.
Over the next several months, thousands of returning veterans will be struggling to re-integrate back into civilian life. In keeping with our mission to bring them “all the way home” our theme this year is “A Pathway Home–Challenges and Solutions.”
There will be panels with experts in their fields: From Combat to College, Veterans in the Arts, and Military Children and Families. There will also be small workshops that will give you a chance for a more intimate, extended interaction with the presenters.
The mission of The Soldiers Project is dual in nature: firstly, to provide free psychological support directly to veterans and their loved ones, and secondly, to educate the community as to what to expect in terms of the needs of our homecoming vets and how we can best rally to help them.
Our conference is unique in that it brings together military personnel, mental health professionals, service providers and the general public – groups that are too often isolated from each other. Our previous conferences have shown us the importance of joining together. In response to last year’s feedback asking for a longer conference with more time to connect, this year we have added an additional half day on Sunday morning.
It was a powerful theatrical experience that propelled me into starting The Soldiers Project seven years ago. I believe that art contributes greatly to an understanding of the profound and abiding cost of war on the human soul. Therefore, each day of this year’s conference will be punctuated with an art offering. On Friday evening following our opening reception, we will screen the film “Halfway Home”
followed by a panel discussion that I will moderate with filmmaker Paul Freedman and service members featured in the film.
On Saturday morning, veteran/singer/songwriter Jason Moon will share moving stories of homecoming, battles with PTSD, and healing, in a performance that features music from his recent CD “Trying to Find My Way Home.” Finally, on Sunday morning, Theater of War will present a reading of scenes from Sophocles’ “Ajax”, followed by a panel discussion about the universal impact of wartime
experiences on soldiers and society.
I hope that these performances and our excellent panels and workshops will touch your hearts and minds, and inspire you to join us in The Soldiers Project in our mission to provide the psychological support needed to bring our troops “all the way home.”
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Friday, June 8 (5:30 pm – 9:00 pm)
5:30 – 7:00 pm Registration
6:00 – 9:00 pm Reception (no-host bar) Screening of
“Halfway Home,” Panel
Saturday, June 9 (8:00 am – 5:00 pm)
8:00 – 9:00 am Registration, Networking Breakfast
9:00 – 10:00 am Jason Moon,Singer-Songwriter
10:00 – 10:15 am Morning Break
10:15 – 11:15 am Panel #1: From Combat to Campus
11:30 – 12:30 pm Workshops: (Select in order of
· Traumatic Brain Injury, Part 1 of 2*
(Harriet Zeiner, Ph.D.)
· How to Start a Chapter of The Soldiers Project
· Reaching Out to Veterans
· Themes in Therapy with Veterans (limited to
mental health professionals)
· Programs for Military Children in School
· Military Children and Families: An Inside View
12:30 – 1:30 pm Lunch and Awards Presentation
1:30 - 2:30 pm Panel #2: Veterans in the Arts
2:30 - 3:30 pm Panel #3: Military Children and
3:30 - 3:45 pm Afternoon Break
4:00 - 5:00 pm Workshops: (Select in order of
· Traumatic Brain Injury, Part 2 of 2*
(Harriet Zeiner, Ph.D.)
· Writing Disability Benefits Letters (Inner
City Law Center)
· Meaning and Moral Injury in the Aftermath of
· Veterans, Returning Military, Their
Families, and the Courts
· Community Reintegration ‘What to expect’
Sunday, June 10 (8:00 am – 12:30 pm)
8:00 – 9:00 am Networking Breakfast
9:00 – 11:00 am “Theater of War” dramatic reading
of Sophocles’ “Ajax”
11:00 – 11:15 am Break
11:30 - 12:30 pm Keynote Speaker, Judith T. Broder, M.D., Founder/Director, The Soldiers Project