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The forum plus workshop are element of a continuous effort inside Southwestern Pennsylvania by Staunton Farm plus EIC to raise awareness of Mental Health issues plus heighten learning plus popularity of people with Mental Health diagnoses. Special focus has been located about an integrated approach to help returning military.

Some returning military are facing a difficult time. Many never recognize what to anticipate within the job marketplace or community on their return. Others can face individual challenges associated to reintegration or battlefield injuries, both mentally plus physically. EIC plus Staunton Farm like to help the returning military by preparing the community plus family for their return, mentioned Joni S. Schwager, Executive Director of the Staunton Farm Foundation.

The forum started with Personal Stories, a first-hand account of reintegration challenges by veterans whom have returned from deployment.

Session One, Healthy Families, concentrated about re-integrating the veteran back to the family as well as the community inside addition to exploring the resource choices accessible to re-integrate into the community.

Session Two, Cornerstone of Community: Education, Certification, Accreditation plus Jobs, explored job chances plus realities inside remote regions including work guidance plus training services tailored to aid guide profession transitions. Panelists recognized which job preparedness is stressful for veterans plus their families because they make to follow reintegration procedures plus discussed resources accessible to aid.

Its significant which you know which Veterans have amazing stories of success plus perseverance to share; they have supportive families frequently interested in techniques to ease the load of reintegration; as well as have certain abilities which, when correctly used, could add incredible value to the community. Veterans are at a crossroads plus their families are equally inside need of resources. The Entertainment Industries Council is proud to be capable to help these requirements, with The Staunton Farm Foundation plus the knowledgeable speakers, mentioned Susan Brozek Scott, Pittsburgh Regional Director for EIC.


Junior Ortiz, Deputy Assistant Secretary Policy Veterans Employment &Training Service, U.S. Department of Labor

Ortiz is a retired Lieutenant Colonel of the United States Marines plus his specialist job spans over 20 years of functioning inside government, business as well as the nonprofit sector.

William DeMauri, Company Analyst II, UPMC Talent Acquisition

DeMauri tasks include examining information, cost/benefit analyses, along with a fresh project which concentrates on the issues confronted by Veterans transitioning within the Military to Civilian work.

Billy G. Lanham, Veterans System Specialist, USDOL-VETS

Lanham is assigned because a Veterans System Specialist inside the Harrisburg, Pennsylvania workplace of the United States Department of Labors Veterans Employment plus Training Service (USDOL-VETS).

Heidi Milne, Market Human Resource Manager, WalMart Stores

Milne delivers consultation for 15 shops inside the Pittsburgh/Western Pennsylvania area driving store-level skill administration by developing plus implementing shop administration skill plans plus associate engagement by examining study information plus work styles. She equally ensures conformity with federal, state, plus neighborhood regulations, plus firm policies/procedures/regulations.

David Biernesser is a documentary photographer based from Pittsburgh, PA. He decided to adhere to his passion for photography before his next deployment to Afghanistan inside the United States Marine Corps. His function involves a series of pictures depicting the everyday existence plus battle of the individuals of Marjah, Afghanistan.

Susan Brozek Scott, Pittsburgh Regional Director, Entertainment Industries Council, might moderate the panel discussions. EICs function inside SWPA involves media training for hundreds of psychological recommends, the development of toolkits to connect psychological recommends, agencies, caregivers, law enforcement plus customers with media outlets inside 10 Pennsylvania counties; as well as the launching of the Media plus Mental Health Awards for journalists.

Michael Crabtree, PhD serves because the Principal Investigator for the Combat Stress Intervention System, that addresses mental requires of veterans from National Guard plus Reserves returning to remote Southwestern PA. He is equally a Professor of Psychology for Washington & Jefferson College inside Washington, PA.

Dr. Victor Wong is a medical psychologist, plus piece of the Combat Stress Recovery Team for the US Department of Veterans Affairs, Pittsburgh Health Care System.

Misty Shields serves because Assistant Vice-President of Community Base Care, US Department of Veterans Affairs, Pittsburgh Health Care System. Misty Shields was lately furnished the Assistant VP of Community Base Care at the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs Pittsburgh Health Care System plus earlier was the Manager of Operation Enduring Freedom/Operation Iraqi Freedom/Operation New Dawn System, that manages plus coordinates the care for all the newly returned Veterans.

Ken Elshoff represents the Human Resource Dept, U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs, Pittsburgh Health Care System. Ken Elshoff is a HR Specialist (Staffing) at the VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System. He has been with all the VA for 6 years plus began at the Iowa City VA, relocating to Pittsburgh inside 2008. In the Staffing section he assists staff plus recruits for center vacancies, facilitate the internal movements of employees, plus lead to organizational restructuring. Additionally, he invested 4 years inside the Navy because a Telecommunication Electrician plus was discharged 1 month before 9/11/01.

John Erskine is a Vocational Rehabilitation Specialist representing the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs, Pittsburgh Health Care System

About Entertainment Industries Council

EIC, a nonprofit business, was founded inside 1983 by leaders of the entertainment industry to bring the force plus influence of the industry to bear about correspondence regarding wellness plus social issues. The business is regarded as the chief pioneer of entertainment outreach plus among the premiere achievement stories inside the field of entertainment knowledge. EIC delivers info resources for entertainment creators from innovative plus timeproven services plus techniques of “encouraging the art of creating a difference” from in the entertainment industry. EIC produces the simulcast nationwide tv specialized PRISM Awards Showcase that addresses exact portrayals of prevention, treatment plus healing from drug, alcohol plus tobacco employ, plus psychological concerns. The company equally produces the S.E.T Awards, honoring positive plus nonstereotypical portrayals of research, technology plus technologies. EIC additionally addresses issues including diabetes, ADHD, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, f

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