2018 Symposium Panel
Jim Lorraine Veteran and
American Warriors Partnership CEO
Introducing this Session Panel
“Homecoming – It’s All Relative”
Moderated by: Jon Scott, Fox News
Co-host of Happening Now
Director of the American Red Cross’
Military Veteran Caregiver Network Passionate about helping our Military,
Veterans, Caregivers and their Families
Author of Sleeping with the War
Executive Director Boulder Crest Institute for Posttraumatic Growth
Boulder Crest is committed to improving the physical, emotional, spiritual, and economic wellbeing of our nation’s military, veterans, first responders, and their family members.
Our programs ensure they have the opportunity to live lives of passion, purpose, and service at home.
Graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point and
of the US Army Ranger School. He served two tours in Europe during which he was deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom as an armor platoon leader.
Over 1 million current and former members of the US military gather to discuss military life, share information, and exchange stories.
Amy Looney, Travis Manion Foundation
I am Gold Star Spouse of LT (SEAL) Brendan Looney and fiancée to a
Marine Corps Veteran
On April 29, 2007, Travis Manion was killed by an enemy sniper while saving his wounded teammates.
Today, Travis Manion Foundation (TMF) exists to carry on the legacy of character, service and leadership embodied by Travis and all those who have served and continue to serve our nation.
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About Melissa Comeau and American Red Cross Military
Melissa Comeau is a Marine Corps spouse, director of the American Red Cross’ Military Veteran Caregiver Network, and a writer. She is known for her book “Sleeping with the War,” published in 2015 by the War Writers’ Campaign. The book offers a family and caregiver perspective on life after combat.
She served as an Arizona Fellow for the Elizabeth Dole Foundation and in that role was honored to help bring to fruition the Hidden Heroes Congressional Caucus for Military and Veteran Caregivers. She is a recognized advocate for the military and veteran community and continues to support caregivers in her current role with the American Red Cross’ Military Veteran Caregiver Network.
Before joining the network, Melissa served as the executive director of Lives of Promise, a San Diego-based nonprofit that supports military families facing a PTSD diagnosis. She has also offered peer support to Marines and their families at the Wounded Warrior Battalion – West.
Melissa has a background in accounting and IT project management. She lives in Texas and is married to a U.S. Marine who was medically retired after nearly 13 years of service, including four combat deployments to both Iraq and Afghanistan.
The Military and Veteran Caregiver Peer Support Network (MVCN) offers peer-based support and services to connect those providing care to servicemembers and veterans living with wounds, illnesses and/or injuries.
The Network is modeled on the nationally recognized, evidence-based programs of the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS), which has provided compassionate peer-based support to more than 60,000 loved ones of those who have died during their service in the Armed Forces.
The American Red Cross Emergency Communications Center is available to help 7 days a week, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
Call 1-877-272-7337 (toll-free) or contact your local Red Cross.
Access vital emergency and non-emergency resources for military members, veterans and military families.
About Josh Goldberg
Executive Director Boulder Crest Institute for Posttraumatic Growth
Boulder Crest is committed to improving the physical, emotional, spiritual, and economic wellbeing of our nation’s military, veterans, first responders, and their family members. Our programs ensure they have the opportunity to live lives of passion, purpose, and service at home.
Josh was named the Executive Director of the Boulder Crest Institute for Posttraumatic Growth in January 2018. In this role, Josh is responsible for leading the development and delivery of training, technology, research and evaluation, and social and policy changes solutions based on the science of Posttraumatic Growth.
This includes efforts to scale Boulder Crest’s breakthrough Warrior PATHH and Family PATHH programs.
Josh joined Boulder Crest in June 2014 and served as the organization’s Director of Strategy until the end of 2017. In this role, Josh was responsible for the development of strategy – ranging from marketing, communications and strategic partnerships to program delivery and follow-on support. Josh led Boulder Crest’s efforts to develop the nation’s first comprehensive, non-clinical curriculum for Post-Traumatic Growth, based on our breakthrough Warrior PATHH program, and is the author of four books:
the Warrior PATHH Instructor Guide
Warrior PATHH Student Guide
Warrior PATHH Journal
A Warrior’s Journey.
Josh, along with Boulder Crest’s Founder and Chairman, Ken Falke, wrote Struggle Well: Thriving in the Aftermath of Trauma.
In 2017, Josh was named as one of 60 Presidential Leadership Scholars. Established by the presidential centers of George W. Bush, William J. Clinton, George H.W. Bush, and Lyndon B. Johnson, the Presidential Leadership Scholar program is an innovative leadership program designed to ensure that scholars have the opportunity to succeed in creating and executing meaningful and impactful leadership projects in communities across the nation.
Prior to joining Boulder Crest, Josh worked as a communications executive at ExxonMobil’s Dallas headquarters from 2006-2011, and was an entrepreneur-in-residence at 2M Companies. During his time at 2M, Josh began advising several non-profit organizations supporting veterans, with a specific focus on PTSD.
After volunteering for a number of months, and in recognition of the remarkable strength, capacity and potential of the men and women of the U.S. military, Josh decided to dedicate his life to ensuring that service members, veterans and their families had the opportunity to live the great lives they deserved – full of passion, purpose and service – here at home.
About David Gowel, CEO Rally Point
I am lucky to be part of an exceptional team, growing the RallyPoint network to help our military, veterans and their families to connect in better ways than ever before. With more than 1.5 million members (including a quarter of the active duty army), we’re growing fast. We work with customers who respect and value the active duty military and our veterans.
Dave began his military career as a graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point and of the US Army Ranger School. He then served two tours in Europe during which he was deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom as an armor platoon leader.
Dave’s last active duty Army position was as an Assistant Professor of Military Leadership at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). It was while he was at MIT that he found the value of social media, leading to his cofounding of a consulting firm to help people leverage social media tools more professionally.
He authored The Power in a Link: Open Doors, Close Deals, and Change the Way You do Business Using LinkedIn (Wiley 2011) and cofounded a software company to help people use business software better at scale. Dave joined RallyPoint as President & COO in the summer of 2016 and became CEO and a board director in September of the same year. He also currently serves as a board advisor to the Wounded Warrior Project and Vets in Tech.
Board Advisor VetsinTech
I’m honored to help Vets in Tech support military veterans who want to learn and pursue jobs in tech careers.
Board Advisor Wounded Warrior Project
The challenges that come from combat related injuries are significant. I worked to help the WWP increase wounded vets’ ability to earn higher salaries and more rewarding careers in the tech industry.
WHAT IS RALLYPOINT?
RallyPoint was founded in 2012 by two military veterans at Harvard Business School to help make military life better. Backed by two of the US military’s recent Joint Chiefs of Staff, RallyPoint connects its members and gives them the best tools possible to succeed both while in the military, and beyond.
With RallyPoint, you can build out your professional network, connect with other members of the military and veterans in a safe environment, and explore career opportunities both within the military (PCS opportunities) and in the private sector.
In 2012, RallyPoint won the world’s largest startup competition (MassChallenge), and placed 2nd in the Harvard Business School Business Plan Competition. RallyPoint was first developed at the Harvard University Innovation Lab and now remains in the Boston area.
About Amy Looney and
Travis Manion Foundation
“If Not Me, Then Who…”
On April 29, 2007, Travis Manion was killed by an enemy sniper while saving his wounded teammates. Today, Travis Manion Foundation (TMF) exists to carry on the legacy of character, service and leadership embodied by Travis and all those who have served and continue to serve our nation.
Travis’ words before leaving for his final deployment to Iraq “If Not Me, Then Who…” are a constant reminder for all of us to live with character and put other people’s interests before our own.
Inspired By Stories of Character
TMF is strengthening America’s national character. In an increasingly divisive cultural climate, we unite and strengthen communities. Our nation needs role models that inspire and we should look no further than the civic assets already living in our communities. Veterans and families of the fallen are leading the charge, pushing us to be better versions of ourselves and improving our collective character.
America’s National Character
Our nation is built on timeless ideals of freedom, diversity, unity, and selfless service for the common good. America is the land of opportunity and a beacon of hope despite our cultural, social, and economic differences. TMF bridges the differences that separate us and strengthens the ties that bind us.
We unite communities to build an America that values character above all else: where integrity is more important than celebrity and social impact overrides personal gain; where acts of courage, service and kindness permeate the nightly news, and where communities unite together to raise each other up.
What character strength do you value the most and why?
I value perseverance and determination because I take great pride in working hard to achieve things in life. My late husband, Brendan, taught me you must work hard for everything you get in life and things that come easy, probably aren’t worth your time. I learned from his example when you feel defeated or something appears too difficult, you must keep trying because the reward will be greater in the end.
How do your top character strengths support your work at TMF?
My character strengths demonstrate my ability to see the best in people, especially other surviving family members of our fallen and within the military community.
I see how our work demonstrates the positive values and attributes our military members and surviving family members bring to their own communities, here at home.
TMF provides initiatives that allows survivors and veterans to thrive in their own communities, demonstrating the best of what America offers to inspire and educate our next generation.
What do you enjoy most about working with veterans, survivors, and inspired civilians?
I enjoy seeing the growth and relationships developed within our members and staff. I have great admiration and respect for our team members, volunteers, veterans and survivors. Seeing meaningful TMF initiatives make positive lasting impact of change in one’s life, after facing adversity, continues to motivate and inspire me to expand our movement and get others involved.
Thank You for the following for making these programs possible
*Army Veteran William Wischnewsky
*Colin Clark (Plane Ticket)
*America’s Warrior Partnership