Military & Community Network to Host Annual Conference

July 18, 2016

For Immediate Release: Monday, July 18, 2016
Contact: Laura Allen, Veteran Outreach Specialist, 207-430-5816

AUGUSTA – The Maine Military & Community Network (MMCN) will hold its Sixth Annual Statewide Conference on Thursday, July 21st, from 8:00am to 8:00pm at the Augusta Civic Center. Nearly 300 veterans, service providers, and clinicians will convene for a day-long symposium on pioneering treatments for PTSD/TBI; employment opportunities for veterans; and public/private partnerships serving veterans, service members, and their families.

The theme for this year's conference is community support of veterans or "Fort Maine: Beyond the Base". Keynote speaker the Honorable Robert McDonald, Secretary of the United States Department of Veterans' Affairs, will address his strategic plan to enhance partnerships between the VA and community-based health care providers and veteran service organizations.

Dr. Naomi Simon, Chief Medical Officer of the Home Base Program, Red Sox Foundation and Massachusetts General Hospital, will discuss how the Home Base's network of partners assists them in providing cutting-edge treatments to address the mental, emotional, and physical consequences of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

Attendees will also be treated to a two-part session on Maine's substantial employment resources for veterans and service members. Representatives from several state agencies will highlight the State of Maine's new veteran hiring preference and accelerated licensing programs that give credit for military experience. Then veteran entrepreneurs will lead a discussion on the federal and state resources they used to build their agriculture, construction, and personal fitness businesses.

The MMCN is grateful for the generosity of Bangor Savings Bank, the Maine Department of Labor Rural Veterans Coordination Pilot (RVCP) and AdCare Educational Institute of Maine in sponsoring this Conference.

Online registration is available at Caution-
http://ww.cvent.com/d/0fqbm. Media may contact Laura Allen, Veteran Outreach Specialist, Maine Bureau of Veterans' Services at Laura.e.allen@maine.gov or 207-446-0168 for more information.