T4A.org hosts Online TechTable on “Reinventing veterans’ transition into society” as part of Reinvent America series

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

July 2, 2014

San Francisco, Calif. – Today, a group of seven thinkers from around the country got together for an Online TechTable to discuss the question, “How do we improve the reentry experience of war veterans into the American economy and society?” The participants were:

  • Josh Fryday, COO, NextGen Climate Action (LT, JAG Corps, USN, Ret.) [anchor]
  • Madelon Baranoski PhD, MSN, Associate Professor of Psychiatry, Yale School of Medicine
  • Mike Breen, Executive Director, Truman National Security Project (CPT, USA, Ret.)
  • Charley Moore, Founder & CEO, Rocket Lawyer (LT, USN, Ret.)
  • Dr. Charles “Andy” Morgan MD, Associate Clinical Professor of Psychiatry, Yale School of Medicine
  • Craig Newmark, Founder, craigslist & craigconnects

 

The TechTable took place on Google Hangouts and was the fourth roundtable in the Reinvent America series, a partnership between T4A.org and Reinventors Network.

The discussion began with a look at each participant’s history, that not only stirred his or her passion for veterans, but brought him or her to the TechTable. Each had a unique story that reminded us of the great diversity of our country and those who serve it and in it.

The first half of the TechTable was focused on veterans and mental health, with a particular emphasis on posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), on which Dr. Morgan is a leading world expert. He provided a great description of the disorder, including its causes, its symptoms, and the problems it creates for veterans upon their return to civilian life. Dr. Baranoski pointed out, however, that many vets have trouble with similar symptoms, without a PTSD diagnosis. Whatever the reason, there’s a lack of understanding among civilians of the experience veterans have had while on tour.

That lack of understanding, it was decided, is the greatest contributor to veteran underemployment/unemployment, which was the focus of the second half of the discussion. Returning vets “often have the technical know-how, leadership skills, innovation and discipline sorely needed in our economy today,” but have trouble communicating those skills to potential employers. The general consensus was there needs to be better education for employers on the skills that veterans bring with them. There are lots of good materials being developed on the benefits of hiring veterans, but they are not ubiquitous enough to make a big dent in the problem.

How can you do your part? Watch the entire discussion here. Edited versions—3 minutes and 10 minutes long—will be available Monday, as well as a more detailed write-up. Stay tuned!

About T4A.org

T4A.org is a recognized 501(c)(3) organization, which is creating a network of entrepreneurs committed to redefining the public/private sector relationship. At our TechTables, we bring our Board members together with a “Convening Guest” from the public sector (e.g. member of Congress, U.S. Senator, governor, mayor, thought leader, etc.). It is an educational experience for both sides as the private sector learns about the specific challenges the public sector faces, while the public sector is provided a flow of innovative ideas and solutions from entrepreneurial leaders. Each TechTable ends with a discussion of potential areas of continued partnership and collaboration between our Board and the Convening Guest. We believe that as we develop world-class public/private partnerships, we will help spur creative and collaborative solutions to benefit all Americans. – See more at: www.t4a.org

About Reinventors Network

Reinventors gathers top innovators in virtual roundtables to work on how to fundamentally reinvent America and the world across many different fields and issues. We use the new medium of interactive group video to connect up experts, entrepreneurs and out-of-the-box thinkers from around the country and across the planet for in-depth conversations about how to solve the many challenges of our time. – See more at: www.reinventors.net

About the Reinvent America Series

The Reinvent America series is made up of a dozen virtual roundtables held every few weeks throughout 2014. The topics will span a broad range of issues. There are no shortage of problems we face today and technology and innovative thinking can play a big part in helping solve many of them. Each 90-minute session will be carried out over interactive group video and connect a diverse mix of experts, entrepreneurs, big thinkers and innovators, from wherever they are in the world. One prominent innovator (the anchor) will set the table with an important question which the whole group will then discuss. All of this is streamed to a live audience and afterwards edited into shorter clips that can be watched on the web and shared through social media. At any time the audience can actively engage the material and add their own ideas as part of the reinvention process.

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For more information, contact Sam Kaspick at (415) 321-3385 or sam@t4a.org.