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Minnesota Career Development Association

October RoundTable

September 23rd, 2010

Counseling Veterans in the Current Recession
When:  Wednesday, October 27, 2010
Time:  6:00 – 7:30 pm

Facilitator:  Carol Ellingsberg

Where:  University of Minnesota Law School, Room 473

 229 19th Ave South, Minneapolis MN 55455

Directions:  http://www.law.umn.edu/contact/directions.html
Please RSVP to Liz Brenner at elizabethgrace1@gmail.com no later than Monday, October 25, 2010.  We will be serving food at our meeting, so please RSVP to ensure there is enough for everyone.  Also, if you have any food allergies or preferences, include that in your RSVP.

Description:

Today it seems difficult to view a news program or read a newspaper that does not address an issue related to our veterans.  One in three homeless males is a veteran and homeless female veterans are on the rise.  Unemployment among veterans who served in the military since 2001 was 11.6% in October of 2009. TBI, amputation, PTSD, suicide, substance abuse, sexual traumas, and other visible and invisible wounds challenge our creativity and our ability to provide meaningful resources to assist veterans in meeting their career goals. 

This session will explore the challenges of providing services to a wide variety of veterans who have served in wars, conflicts and in peacetime.  Who are these veterans, what are their career needs and how is this population changing?  What local, State and National resources are available to assist us?  Discussion will be facilitated by Carol Ellingsberg, Vocational Counselor, Minneapolis VA Health Care System.  

Resources for this discussion:

http://www.ptsd.va.gov/professional/ptsd101/pages/iraq-never-leaves-us.asp  Iraq Never Leaves Us.    A very moving view of “what it’s like.”  Read the narrative first and then decide if you would like to view the photos. 

http://www.latimes.com/health/la-me-veterans-invisible-wounds-20100920,0,635930.story  Many Veterans with PTSD Struggle to Find Supportive Employment.

http://associationdatabase.com/aws/NCDA/pt/sd/news_article/5412/blank/blank/true   Bridging the Gap from Job to Career for U.S. Veterans.

You Tube:  www.youtube.com Videos search for “Tribute to Women in the Military.”

http://sciencecareers.sciencemag.org/career_magazine/previous_issues/articles/2008_06_06/caredit.a0800082a   Student-Veterans Come Marching Home: Their Return to Studies.     

Additional Resources:

Journal of Rehabilitation Research and Development, Volume 44, November 7, 2007.  Single topic issue devoted to TBI and Polytrauma.

Blood Brothers by Michael Weisskopf, Henry Holt and Company, 2006.  An account of recovery, reentry and reconciliation as told by an embedded reporter who lost his hand while travelling with the US Army in Baghdad in 2003. 

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