“Voices of Veterans” will be a panel of veterans and veteran service organizations discussing the challenges veterans face as they reintegrate into the civilian community. Veteran service programs in Massachusetts and on the Cape are integral to the success and well-being of the veterans who have given us their all. (See panelists below.)
Veterans confront visible and invisible challenges as they transition from miliary to civilian life, navigating work, family, and everyday living. Many of our veterans have experienced the physical, emotional, and mental impact of combat. All have experienced the unique military culture of service, chain of command hierarchy, self-expectations of strength and control, strong sense of rules and regulations, “never leave a brother behind” ethos, and self-sacrifice.
Understanding and addressing these challenges is imperative for both those who have served in the military and for civilians. Our veterans have not only given their all to preserve our freedoms and our way of life, but they continue to live with a strong sense of service and purpose.
Veterans represent an invaluable and unique resource for our community. Their experience is incredible. Often, they are not aware of this and do not see how valuable their military skills and experience are to the community and the workforce.
To shine a light on what our veterans will be facing and the people and organizations that have developed programs and tools to serve the veterans as they reintegrate into civilian life, we will be hosting a panel discussion.
Steven G. Xiarhos – Founder of The Nicholas G. Xiarhos Memorial Foundation
Derek Hill – Marine Raider
Nicole Sheridan – Program Director of Emerald Hollow Therapeutic Riding Center, Inc.
Damon Green – VP Director of BFWVP (Be Free Wellness Veterans Program)
BJ Ganem – CEO and Founder of Sierra Delta – Service Dog Network for Veterans
Jeremiah Jones – Outreach Coordinator Clear Path for Veterans New England
Don Cox – Founder, The Massachusetts Military Support Foundation