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February 27, 2012
Oregon National Guard Reintegration Summit Scheduled
 
An Oregon National Guard semi-annual Reintegration Summit is scheduled to be held March 1 at the Anderson Readiness Center, 3225 State Street, in Salem from 9:00 a.m. to noon. 
 
For the past five years semi-annual reintegration summits and other events have helped develop partnerships between veteran advocates and resource providers.  Oregon’s stategy of networking for the benefit of veterans, service members and families has made the state unique in its approach to dealing with an unprecedented number of deployments since 9/11.
 
Master Sgt. Vince Jacques, the Plans and Operations Reintegration Manager for the Oregon National Guard Joint Transition Assistance Program said "I look forward to working with these people—it’s like a family reunion," explaining the relationship between service providers in Oregon.
 
Oregon does not have an active duty military installation to serve service members, veterans and their families, and the State has deployed more than 13,000 troops since the start of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.  
 
As a result, the Reintegration Summits over the past five years have focused on identifying and uniting healthcare, education, employment, and community resources affecting Oregon’s service members, veterans and families.
 
The theme for the upcoming Summit is "Reintegration from the Veteran and
Family Perspective: Barriers, Lessons Learned, Success Stories and What WE Still Need to Do."   The featured speaker will be Dr. Suzanne Best, co-author of "Courage After Fire: Coping Strategies for Troops Returning from Iraq and Afghanistan and Their Families." 
 
Other speakers include Cpt. Sean Herring, an Iraq veteran; Sgt. Angel Morrow, an Iraq and Afghanistan veteran; and Brittany Dominguez, spouse of a returning service member.
 
Attendees will participate in workgroups dealing with real-life scenarios of returning veterans and their families to discover issues they face, barriers to reintegration, and issues that still need to be addressed. 
 
Attendees will work to develop strategic plans and tactical goals that can be implemented in local communities.
 
110318-A-FS713-556.jpg (Oregon National Guard State Command Sgt. Maj. Brunk Conley discusses Army resiliency training at an Oregon National Guard Reintegration Summit March 18, 2011 at the Anderson Readiness Center in Salem.)
 
Contact Info: For media inquiries, contact Spc. Cory Grogan at (503) 584-3886 or (503) 856-5757.