JOINT BASE ELMENDORF-RICHARDSON, Alaska — The Alaska Coalition for Veterans and Military Families is hosting the inaugural Alaska Veterans and Military Families Summit in Anchorage at the University of Alaska Anchorage, March 29.
Topics will cover a wide variety of issues that affect veterans and military families in Alaska. There will be breakout sessions for service providers, veterans and military families.
Service providers will have the opportunity to build connections with other agencies from around the state in an effort to foster the idea of “no wrong door.”
“Providers have been working with the coalition since 2011 to learn about other organizations, gain training in military culture and build networks, so when a veteran, service member or a family member seeks services, they can be referred to the appropriate organizations or be connected with someone who can help make the referral,” said Magen James, executive director for AKCVMF.
“We want our service members to receive the services they need, so we must ensure they know where to go and who to seek assistance from for their particular needs and situation,” said James. “So we’ve taken a more proactive approach by educating service providers and building a network to ensure they are all familiar with each other and what services each provides,” she said. “This ultimately improves the experience for those who are seeking support.”
Veterans and military families will have an opportunity to attend various breakout sessions designed for them, such as “Veterans Benefits FAQs,” where Veterans Benefits Administration officials will be on hand to give an overview of benefits and answer questions. In addition to sessions, there is a resource area that attendees may visit to learn more information from helping agencies.
The event is being held in Cuddy Hall and Rasmuson Hall at UAA from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., with three panels and 12 breakout sessions.
In addition, at the conclusion of the last panel, the coalition is co-hosting a “Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans” ceremony, in honor of Vietnam Veterans Memorial Day. The full agenda may be found on AKCVMF’s website at www.akcvmf.org.
This is a free event, but registration is required, as space is limited. Questions regarding the summit may be submitted through the “Contact Us” tab on the website.