Veterans attend an event at the Vietnam War Veterans Memorial at Constitution Gardens in 2012.

Veterans attend an event at the Vietnam War Veterans Memorial at Constitution Gardens in 2012.

With the Pentagon in Northern Virginia and military bases and an academy in D.C. and Maryland as well, the military has a strong presence in our region. But life isn’t always easy for service families and veterans here. It can be hard for both veterans and spouses of active duty members to find jobs. Struggles with post traumatic stress disorder and physical injuries tax families and caregivers. And going to college as an older student after four or eight years of service is a big adjustment. We’ll explore the challenges facing military families and veterans in our area.

Guests

  • Sherrie Wilcox Director of Research and Policy at Blue Star Families; Spouse of a former United States Marine Corps member; former Air Force child
  • Alicia Downs Veteran Outreach Specialist at The Mission Continues; Marine Corps veteran
  • Brandon Friedman CEO of The McPherson Square Group; Army veteran who served in Iraq and Afghanistan

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