The purpose of the summit is to bring veterans, their families, and veteran service organizations together to build relationships, stronger connections, and an enhanced regional support network in the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont and Northern New Hampshire.
A variety of meaningful breakout sessions for veterans and their families will be available throughout the day. Stay tuned for a complete list coming soon!
The Department of Veterans Affairs will be hosting a one-day Stand Down in conjunction with the NEK Veterans Summit. Stand Downs are one part of the Department of Veterans Affairs’ efforts to provide services to homeless veterans.
Stand Downs are typically one to three day events providing services to homeless Veterans such as food, shelter, clothing, health screenings, VA and Social Security benefits counseling, and referrals to a variety of other necessary services, such as housing, employment and substance abuse treatment.
Stand Downs are collaborative events, coordinated between local VAs, other government agencies, and community agencies who serve the homeless. The first Stand Down was organized in 1988 by a group of Vietnam Veterans in San Diego. Since then, Stand Downs have been used as an effective tool in reaching out to homeless veterans, reaching more than 200,000 veterans and their family members between 1994–2000.
Available throughout the Summit, the Mobile Vet Center is a 30 foot long bus and is operated by the White River Junction Vet Center. It provides readjustment counseling and information resources to combat veterans. Like community-based veteran centers, Mobile Vet Centers focus on services that help combat veterans make the transition between military and civilian life.
Over 50 Veteran Service Organizations will have information booths providing a one-stop-shop for veterans’ services, clubs, and resources.
In conjunction with the summit, the LSC Veterans Club, Q Burke Mountain Resort, and the LSC Ski & Ride Club are sponsoring the 2nd annual Ian Muller Rail Jam at Q Burke Mountain Resort. Registration starts at 4:30 p.m., competition starts at 5. The registration fee is $5. There will be a beer and food tent. After the Rail Jam there will be live entertainment. All proceeds will go to the Ian Muller Memorial Scholarship; an annual $1,000 scholarship to an LSC student veteran.
Ian Muller, a Danville, Vt. native, attended LSC prior to enlisting in the Marine Corps. An avid bodybuilder, athlete, and ski instructor at Burke Mountain, Muller was killed during combat operations in Helmand Provence, Afghanistan, in March, 2011. Muller often volunteered to take the dangerous lead position during combat patrols; he said he did it because many of his colleagues had wives and children, and he did not.
Donations to the scholarship can be made by contacting Sara Lussier at Lyndon State College, 802 626-6426 or Sara.Lussier@lyndonstate.edu
Thom Anderson, Associate Provost and Advisor to the LSC Veterans Club