(Las Vegas) – Since 9/11, hundreds of thousand National Guard and Reserve Service Members have been called into active-duty, sacrificing the security of their civilian life and often returning home with a unique set of post-combat challenges. To shed light on this complex problem, WestCare Foundation and the University of Nevada, Las Vegas College of Education are co-sponsoring “From Their Point of View” – National Guard and Reserve Post-Combat Conference on Tuesday, May 21 and Wednesday, May 22 at the Richard Tam Alumni Center at UNLV. The event will be held from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day and is free for all veterans and active duty military. Military family members, community members with an interest in veteran affairs and professionals seeking CEUs can attend the conference for $100 before May 13, or $150 thereafter.
“These types of conferences are crucial to get the word out and inform individuals about issues and care surrounding military personnel and veterans,” said Dan Bernal, WestCare’s Director of Veteran Services. “We are pleased to take part in this conference and make more people aware of the different points of view and actions to take for those impacted post-combat.”
The event will feature keynote addresses from retired U.S. Army Brigadier General Rebecca Halstead and Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Eric Newhouse. Panel discussions with local military experts will include topics such as combat trauma, Post Traumatic Stress, addiction, suicide prevention, reintegration, justice involvement and resiliency.
Halstead is a 1981 graduate of the United States Military Academy and achieved a historic milestone as the first female graduate of West Point to be promoted to General Officer. She was the senior Commanding General for logistics in Iraq, where she commanded more than 20,000 troops, and was the first female in U.S. history to command in combat at the strategic level. In 2006, she became the first female Chief of Ordnance and Commanding General of the Army’s Ordnance Center and Schools (equivalent to President of a University), responsible for the leader development and institutional training for the second largest branch in the Army with more than 100,000 members of the Ordnance Corps. Halstead honorably served with the U.S. Army and retired as a General Officer in 2008.
Newhouse is the author of two books: Alcohol: Cradle to Grave and Faces of Combat: PTSD and TBI. A retired editor of the Great Falls (Mont.) Tribune, Newhouse won the Pulitzer Prize for explanatory journalism in 2000 for a 12-part series of stories on the effects of alcoholism in Montana. Through personal, in-depth interviews, he has seen the devastation caused by PTSD from the Iraq and Afghanistan wars and the ongoing trauma for veterans from Vietnam and other American conflicts.
“Since its inception 40 years ago, WestCare has served veterans through
a variety of services and programs,” said Bernal. “Our President and Chief
Executive Officer Dick Steinberg, a Vietnam veteran, has dedicated his life to
offering support and finding solutions to aid returning warriors and their families, a priority in all of
WestCare’s locations across our 16 states and two territories, especially since
The U.S. National Guard is a sponsor of the event. For more information or to register, please visit http://events.westcare.com.
About WestCare Foundation
WestCare, whose mission is the uplifting of the human spirit, was founded 40 years ago in Las Vegas. Since its inception it has grown to more than 100 locations in 16 U.S. states and the Virgin Islands. The non-profit organization has several programs available in each of its communities. Among the services offered are: Women and children’s programs; VA programs; homeless programs; residential facilities; mental health services; and transitional services. The organization also provides Community Triage Centers to help patients obtain specific services. For more information on the WestCare Foundation and its mission, please visit www.WestCare.com.