CSSP is honored to have been asked to participate in the upcoming Robin Hood Veterans Conference aboard the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum in New York City on 7 May 2012.The intent of the conference is for a day of discussion and learning about the most effective and promising practices available to help our troops transition back to productive civilian lives.
Robin Hood—the leading poverty fighting group in New York City—will host a full-day conference aboard the Intrepid Museum in Manhattan, dedicated to addressing the unprecedented challenges that face today's returning veterans. We will address the fact that 18 veterans commit suicide every day, and our youngest veterans have an unemployment rate that soars above 29%. We are committed to finding the solutions that will provide meaningful jobs and the highest quality health care for our returning servicemen and women. They deserve no less.
By way of background, Robin Hood has been working to alleviate poverty in New York City since 1988, and their work has had a meaningful and measurable impact on hundreds of thousands of New Yorkers struggling to build better lives. We were honored to be asked to co-chair their Veterans Advisory Board because we knew Robin Hood would demonstrate leadership and incubate the most effective strategies for helping our men and women in uniform—and they have done just that.
This invitation-only conference will feature leaders from local, state, and national government as well as the military, private sector and non-profit arenas. We will focus on sharing best practices and programs that have demonstrated real results or inspiring potential for helping our returning military heroes and their families. We will be featuring programs and models that can be replicated nationally and hope that, by bringing together individuals who are spearheading innovative and effective solutions, we can inspire others to achieve similar successes in their own communities.
Special guests and panel moderators—including Gen. Stanley McChrystal, USA (ret.), Gen. Peter Chiarelli, USA (ret.), Tom Brokaw, Katie Couric, Willie Geist and others—for an enlightening and memorable day.