LSC to Host 4th Annual NEK Veterans Summit

Followed by 3rd Annual Ian Muller Rail Jam

March 2, 2016

The Lyndon State College Veterans Club in partnership with the LSC Veterans Student Support Committee and other veteran service organizations will be hosting the fourth annual Northeast Kingdom Veterans Summit on the Lyndon campus on Saturday, March 12, 2016. The purpose is to bring veterans, their families, and veteran service organizations together to build relationships, stronger connections, and an enhanced regional support network. The Summit runs from 8 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

This year’s keynote speaker is Jon Turner. Turner served with the U.S. Marines from 2003-2007 on three deployments and was awarded a Purple Heart on his second tour in Iraq.  He currently lives in Addison County and manages an educational forest farm that teaches methods of regenerative agriculture to college students, children, veterans, and community members. Jon sits as chair of the Farmer Veteran Coalition of Vermont and is actively working with his board members to assist veterans with their agricultural operations.

There will be a variety of breakout sessions for veterans and their families throughout the day including PTSD and TBI; employment opportunities; benefits; entrepreneurship; and VA loans. There will be sessions specifically intended for women veterans, student veterans, and veteran farmers. Additionally, more than 50 veteran service organizations will have information booths to provide a “one-stop-shop” for veterans’ services, clubs, and resources.

Advance registration for the Summit is required and attendance is limited. To become a sponsor, register for the Summit, or to learn more, visit the LSC website: http://www.lyndonstate.edu/VeteransSummit. For more information, contact LSC Veterans Club advisor Thom Anderson at 802-626-6346 or Thomas.Anderson@lyndonstate.edu.

In conjunction with the summit, the LSC Veterans Club, Q Burke Mountain Resort, and the LSC Ski & Ride Club are sponsoring the 3rd annual Ian Muller Rail Jam at Q Burke Mountain Resort, also on March 12, 2016. Registration starts at 4:30 p.m., competition starts at 5; the registration fee is $5. There will be a beer and food tent, live entertainment begins after the Rail Jam, and 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. Donations to the scholarship can be made by contacting Sara Lussier at LSC, 802-626-6426 or Sara.Lussier@lyndonstate.edu.

In recognition of the Veterans Summit and Ian Muller Rail Jam, Q Burke Mountain Resort will offer free lift tickets to veterans and their immediate family members on Sunday, March 13. Proof of service is required.

The NEK Veterans Summit is made possible by a grant from the Vermont Veterans Fund and by generous contributions from the Warrior Spirit Ranch, the Veterans of Foreign Wars, and other individuals and organizations.

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