Veterans in Agriculture: Military 101
August 30, 2012
3:00 p.m. EST; 2:00 p.m. CST; 1:00 p.m. MST; 12:00 p.m. PST
Since 2001, approximately 2 million service members have been deployed in Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF) and Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF). As of February 2012, more than 47,500 wounded service members have returned from combat, many with wounds that will cause lasting challenges. Nearly one quarter of all service members returning from recent deployments have some type of hidden or visible injury. As many as one third report symptoms of a mental health or cognitive nature.
This webinar will be provided by the Military Family Research Institute (MFRI) at Purdue University, a research and outreach organization that works closely with partners and collaborators to improve the lives of service members and their families. The session will give an overview of important issues being experienced by returning veterans from the recent conflicts. It will assist participants in understanding the challenges this group of mostly young Americans are facing, strategies available to deal with disabilities and employment issues, and especially the role that the agricultural sector can play in reintegrating them into civilian life. Specific topics include:
The mission and work of Purdue's Military Family Research Institute
Veterans of the recent conflicts – distinguishing factors and issues
Veterans’ reintegration issues and strategies:
- Dealing with disability – visible and invisible
- Veterans with injuries and disabilities in Agriculture – models and programs
Martina Mohrbacher works as an Outreach Specialist for MFRI’s Operation Diploma initiative. She is responsible for locating, adapting, developing, and disseminating evidence-based educational programs and activities to encourage and assist two- and four-year higher education institutions in Indiana to facilitate the educational and career success of student service members and veterans. She has a special focus in her work on veterans with disabilities.
A question & answer period will follow the presentation.
To participate in this free webinar, click here to access the online registration form by Friday, August 24. Instructions for accessing the session will be sent to registrants by Monday, August 27. Please pass on this invitation to others you believe may be interested. Contact AgrAbility at 800-825-4264 or email firstname.lastname@example.org if you have questions.