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.
Major Adam Sacchetti, inspector-instructor for Company A, 1st Battalion, 25th Marines, Brunswick, Maine
Major Adam Sacchetti has seen combat action in the Kandahar and Oruzgan Provinces of Afghanistan and in Fallujah, Iraq. As 2nd Platoon Commander for the 2nd Fleet Antiterrorism Security Team (FAST) Company, Sachetti was deployed to Naval Stations Guantanamo Bay, Cuba and Rota, Spain. He graduated with distinction from Expeditionary Warfare School, and then assumed duties as the Commanding Officer of Fox Company, 2nd Battalion, 8th Marines where he commanded Company F in combat in the Kariz-E-Saydi/Badula Qulp area of Afghanistan. He served as the Staff Secretary of the 2d Marine Division for the Commanding General, Assistant Division Commander, Chief of Staff, Sergeant Major and Command Master Chief. Sacchetti’s awards include the Bronze Star Medal with Combat Distinguishing Device, the Purple Heart Medal, the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal, the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal and the Combat Action Ribbon (with gold star in lieu of 2d award).
Deborah Amdur, director of the White River Junction VA Medical Center
Deborah Amdur will discuss developments taking place at the White River Junction VA Medical Center which will enhance services to veterans; she will also take questions from the audience. Prior to coming to Vermont, she was chief consultant for Care Management and Social Work Service with overall responsibility for five national programs in the Department of Veterans Affairs: National Social Work, Caregiver Support, Family Hospitality, Post Deployment Care Management, and the VA Liaison Program.
D. Wayne Robinson, president and chief executive officer of Student Veterans of America
D. Wayne Robinson rose to the rank of command sergeant major in the U.S. Army and graduated from every enlisted leadership course offered by the Army. He served as the liaison and operations sergeant for Delta Force. He has over 39 awards recognizing his valuable contributions including the Order of Saint Barbara, the Glen E. Morrell Medallion, and six Meritorious Service Medals.
Before coming to Student Veterans of America, Robinson was a partner and head of New Business Development at Drexel Hamilton Investment Partners, a veteran-owned Wall Street firm that provides investment advisory and management services. Robinson received an MBA from The University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business and is a graduate of Wall Street Warfighters; a program that helps high-potential service-disabled veterans transition into finance roles.
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 30 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 first annual Ian Muller Rail Jam (poster) at Mid-Burke Lodge. 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 entertainment with Lem Genovese in the Bear Den Lounge from 7 to 9. All proceeds will go to the Ian Muller Memorial Scholarship; an annual $1,000 scholarship to an LSC student veteran.
Q Burke, headed by Army veteran Ary Quiros, has generously offered to provide all veterans and their families with lift tickets on the day of the event at no cost. Proof of service is required.
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, LSC Veterans Club’s faculty advisor
Vermont State Council of the Vietnam Veterans of America
Vermont Business and Professional Women Inc.
The Dodge House
North Country Flag Company
John des Groseilliers
Norman “Buzz” York