SOURCE: Town Hall Los Angeles

TOWN HALL Los Angeles

March 17, 2010 15:00 ET

TOWN HALL LA and RAND Address Needs of 21st Century Veterans

LOS ANGELES, CA--(Marketwire - March 17, 2010) -  TOWN HALL Los Angeles and the RAND Corporation present a panel of experts on the needs of the newest generation of "21st Century Veterans" on Wednesday, March 31, 2010 at the RAND Corporation in Santa Monica. Angelenos will question the state of veteran services during TOWN HALL's Q&A session. 

Since October 2001, approximately 1.64 million US troops have been deployed for Operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom in Afghanistan and Iraq. According to the US Department of Veterans Affairs, approximately 11-20% of these veterans suffer from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. Mild Traumatic Brain Injury represents 90% of military TBI cases; and 15-30% suffer persistent Post-Concussive Syndrome.

Due to mounting public concern over Veteran health care issues, several task forces, independent review groups, and a presidential commission are examining the care of the war wounded and making recommendations. Los Angeles is home to 1.4 million veterans, with the largest homeless veterans' population nationwide at 11 percent.

The morning's panel of experts includes Lieutenant Colonel Julian H. Bond, Battalion Commander, 40th Brigade Support Battalion, California National Guard; Rocky J. Chavez, Undersecretary of Veterans Affairs, California Department of Veterans Affairs; Jeremiah Michaels, Vocational Development Advisor, New Directions, Inc.; Toni Reinis, Executive Director, New Directions, Inc.; Terry Schell, Behavioral Scientist, RAND Corporation and Co-Author, "Invisible Wounds of War." Moderating the panel is Mike O'Sullivan, West Coast Bureau Chief, Voice of America.

The RAND Corporation is a nonprofit institution that helps improve policy and decision making through research and analysis. RAND focuses on the issues that matter most such as health, education, national security, international affairs, law and business, the environment, and more. With a research staff consisting of some of the world's preeminent minds, RAND has been expanding the boundaries of human knowledge for more than 60 years.

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When: Wednesday, March 31, 2010
  8:00 AM Breakfast; 8:30 AM Panel with Audience Q&A
Where: RAND Corporation
  1776 Main Street
  Santa Monica, CA 90401

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