- When Women Come Marching Home; Sharing Strength, Courage and Wisdom
- Serving Those Who Served Us: Veterans Benefits and Compensation
- Shifting Gears: From Soldier to Civilian
- Becoming Trauma-Informed – When “What’s Wrong With You?” becomes “What Happened to You?”
When Women Come Marching Home; Sharing Strength, Courage and Wisdom
Student Center 200A
- Reverend Paul Anne Benson, Major, U.S. Air Force (Retired), Founder and CEO of the Fortify Your Life Enrichment Center in Philadelphia, PA
This workshop will allow women to affirm their strength, courage & wisdom; share personal stories of trials and tribulations and triumphs and testimonies about returning home from military service. The experience of military life can affect women veterans in ways that may impact their relationships. If family problems and relationship problems are affecting your health and well-being or getting in the way of your happiness, work, or daily activities, you may want to reach out for support. This is especially important to take care of immediately if violence or physical aggression are a part of your relationships. Join Paula Benson, as she shares her personal story of strength and resilience when she returned to civilian life.
Serving Those Who Served Us: Veterans Benefits and Compensation
Student Center 200BC
- Ms. Constance Finch, Education Advisor, PA Department of Education, Bureau of Post-Secondary and Adult Education, Division of Veterans & Military Education, Philadelphia, PA;
- Ms. Janet I. Hooper, U.S. Army Veteran, Guidance Counselor, PA National Guard Headquarters, Indiantown Gap, PA
The Home of the Brave created various benefits exclusively for veterans from compensation for service-related conditions; pension benefits for wartime-era veterans; buying a home under the G.I. Bill; vocational rehabilitation and employment for service disabled veterans; to education, burial, and death benefits for survivors. Join the Department of Education, Division of Veteran & Military Education and the PA National Guard Headquarters representatives as they detail each benefit and instruct you on how to apply for all the benefits to which you are entitled.
Shifting Gears: From Soldier to Civilian
Student Center 217D
- Ms. Joanne Bell, U.S. Army Veteran (Retired), Local Veteran Employment Representative, PA Department of Labor & Industry, PA North CareerLink, Philadelphia, PA
- Ms. Tammy I. Barlet, U.S. Coast Guard Veteran, Temple University Junior, BS in Public Health Major, Vice President, Temple Veterans Association
- Ms. Nicole R. Castro, U.S. Air Force Veteran, Temple University Sophomore, BA in Liberal Arts, Temple Veterans Association Officer
Returning to civilian life is not always an easy transition; often veterans find themselves greeted by a maze of challenges. Women veterans, in particular, are expected to immediately return to their roles as mothers, wives, and daughters as well as potentially returning to the workforce or school without missing a beat.
Many Veterans decide to continue their education after leaving the military. Whether you recently left active duty service or it’s been many years since you served, going to college after military service can be challenging. For instance, you may sometimes find it hard to juggle the demands of school with the stress of your civilian life. Or you may get frustrated interacting with people who don’t understand your past experiences. It’s important to be aware of the difficulties you may have to deal with—and the steps you can take to overcome them.
This workshop will provide attendees with valuable veteran related information such as: how to document and transfer your military skills to a civilian career, selecting the right job, updating your resume, honing your interview skills, finding veteran friendly employers and so much more!
Moderator: Mrs. Kimberly Bonner, U.S. Army Veteran, Adjunct Faculty, Community College of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA
Becoming Trauma-Informed – When “What’s Wrong with You?” becomes “What Happened To You?”
Student Center 220
- Ms. Lori Breen, VEC Coordinator, Corporal Micheal J. Crescenz Philadelphia VA Medical Center, Philadelphia, PA
- Ms. Amy Scarano, Acting Women’s Health Program Manager, Family Caregiver Program Coordinator, Corporal Michael J. Crescenz Philadelphia VA Medical Center, Philadelphia, PA
Have you experienced trauma? Is it getting in the way of your having the life you want? When you seek help, do you feel understood and supported? Do you know how to get the help you want?
This workshop will provide current information about the impact of trauma on individuals and organizations. You will learn how trauma affects our brains, bodies and relationships, and recognize the signs of organizational trauma. With increased understanding and compassion, learn how to support and advocate for yourself and others.
Moderator: Ms. Jennifer Uber, M.A, LPC, Certified Psychologist, Student Services Coordinator- Mental Health/ADHD
Temple University Disability Resources and Services, Philadelphia, PA