A support and advocacy agency
for individuals with brain injuries,
disabilities and seniors.
A support and advocacy agency
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WNY in Support of Veterans
Plans are in process for the 5th annual symposium - fall 2020
WNY in Support of Veterans 2019
Bridging the Gaps, Part II
A Discussion between Veterans and Community Providers
Thank you to all who attended the 4th annual symposium on Wednesday, October 2, 2019
Held at the Pvt. Leonard Post Jr. #6251 VFW
Speakers were as follows:
Sgt. Max Donatelli, MS
Alyssa D. Vasquez
MSgt. Delcey Pulvino, LMSW
Tracy Schmidt, LMSW
Bonnie M. Vest, PhD
Co-sponsored by Headway of WNY, Inc., People Inc. and Catholic Charities
Free event, lunch was provided by David's Catering
Continuing Education Units (CEU) were available for interested participants.
This was a positive interactive discussion aimed at helping participants gain a better understanding of obtaining community services for veterans and their families.
History of the WNY IN SUPPORT OF VETERANS SYMPOSIUM Series
Over the course of the last four years (2016 - 2019), Headway of WNY, People Inc. and Catholic Charities have establised a Veterans Services Initiative and subsequentally offered a focus group and annual symposiums to help identify issues and needs of Veterans in WNY (with or without TBI and/or other cognitive difficulties). Headway continues to reach out to Veterans organizations and partner with area Veteran leaders and agencies who also provide services for Veterans.
Over 170 people have attended these symposiums and the presenters have included a U.S. Army Colonel Reintegration specialist, board-certified Neuropsychologists, a NYS senator, licensed master social workers, certified practitioners of Emotional Freedom Techniques, Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing, Yoga and other alternative therapies.
It is the intention of Headway of WNY to continue this successful symposium series. Our work in this area has identified further issues for our target group that we wish to address, including Suicide in the Veteran Community and reasons and solutions for Veterans who may be reluctant to access other helpful services in the WNY area.
To date, the series of Veterans symposiums have helped to identify and address issues for Veterans and their families who are living with brain injuries or other cognitive disorders.
It is our hope that the information shared was helpful to WNY Veterans and that the conversations ignited will lead to further discussions that address current community needs.
Previous WNY in Support of Veterans Symposiums
June 13, 2018 - Alternative Therapeutic Approaches for Successful Reintegration
June 14, 2017 - Signature Injury of the Iraq and Afghanistan Wars: Blast Induced TBI
June 22, 2016 - Bridging the Gaps
Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) in Veterans
In partnership with the Service Collaborative of WNY, Inc. and as part of the Serve New York AmeriCorps VISTA program from 2013 - 2016, Headway developed initiatives which focus on helping Veterans in WNY with traumatic brain injuries and their families. These initiatives remain current and further development is ongoing.
Our goal is to help veterans find the supports they need in order to manage their condition and overcome obstacles to help engage with their community.
A TBI results from a blow or jolt to the head that disrupts the normal function of the brain and produces a diminished or altered state of consciousness. Categories for TBI are mild, moderate, severe, or penetrating. The most common form of TBI in the military is mild, also referred to as concussion.
TBI has been described as the signature wound of the Iraq and Afganistan wars and is a significant health issue that affects service members and Veterans.
For More Information, please contact our us at 716-408-3110