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Serving the veterans who served us

After the Uniform: Serving the Veterans Who Served Us

Our nation's veterans have faced many difficulties as a soldier. After serving our country on the battlefield, our returning service members come home to face even more difficulties – ones that should never be an issue for our veteran heroes.

Exclusive look at latest trends from decision-makers

In After the Uniform: Serving the Veterans Who Served Us, sponsored by Cintas Corporation, you'll hear from a panel of top community leaders on the urgent issues facing today's veterans, including policy, jobs, housing, and healing the wounds of military life, both seen and unseen.

You'll get a first-hand look at how top community decision-makers are tackling these issues and how it impacts the community.

Be part of the solution to help local veterans

When we work together, amazing things can happen. As we explore strategies and solutions for helping our veterans thrive, we'll focus our attention on the ways that government, nonprofits, and the corporate sectors can work together to help all veterans successfully return to civilian life.

By attending this event, you can help raise the profile of important issues around affordable housing, employment, policy, and accessibility to resources for our veteran heroes.

Moderator

Pat Crowley is an award-winning political journalist who has worked for some of the nation's top newspapers, including The Cincinnati Enquirer, The Cincinnati Post, and The Cincinnati Business Record. He has hosted two long-running television shows on Insight Channel ICN6 and frequently contributed to KET's Comment, WCPO-TV, and WLW radio. As a writer, he has covered every range of political and government issues from city campaigns to Republican and Democratic national conventions, perfecting a keen and deep knowledge of the political system and the inner-workings of government and business. Crowley now works as a Public Relations Specialist at Strategic Advisers, LLC.

Opening Remarks

Dennis Kresak, President & CEO, Volunteers of America of Greater Ohio, U.S. Army veteran.

Daniel Knowles, President & CEO, Tristate Veterans Community Alliance, U.S. Army veteran.

Panelists

Matt Disher is a U.S. Marine veteran, serving as a combat engineer for 4 years and attaining the rank of Sergeant. He currently works for Cintas, leading their nationally recognized military recruiting program. Disher co-founded the Cincinnati Military Employer Consortium, working to share military-related talent, best practices and resources to brand Cincinnati as a leading city for military service veterans.

Judge Melissa Powers serves as a judge for the Hamilton County Municipal Court District 7 and Veterans Court. She started the first Municipal Veterans Treatment Court in 2012 for combat veterans in need of mental health and addiction treatment services in order to reduce veteran recidivism. Judge Powers has been featured in numerous media outlets for her work, including Dateline NBC, Cincinnati Magazine, Court TV, Discovery Channel, and MSNBC.

Jon Sherin, MD, PhD, is an international award-winning neurobiology researcher currently serving as executive vice president for military communities and chief medical officers for Volunteers of America. He is a leading authority on the care of veterans struggling with reintegration challenges and has testified before Congress on the issues of veteran suicide and homelessness.

Congressman Brad Wenstrup is a U.S. Representative for Ohio's 2nd congressional district and serves on the House Armed Services, House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, and Veterans' Affairs Committees. He serves as an Army Lieutenant Colonel in the U.S. Army Reserves and was awarded the Bronze Star and Combat Action Badge for his service as a combat surgeon in Iraq.


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