As part of its TRIAD (Texas Resources for Iraq and Afghanistan Deployment) Fund Program Training, CNS hosted the Veterans Service Academy on March 7-8 at the Hyatt Regency in San Antonio. The conference offered a unique opportunity for participants ? more than 80 representatives from organizations serving military families ? to network, share best practices, and take part in workshops designed to help them provide much-needed services to veterans throughout Texas.
Experts in the field of both nonprofit management and programs for military families presented training in the area of military ?cultural competency,? or, navigating military culture; creating nonprofit partnerships; fundraising and corporate partnerships; and recruiting and motivating volunteers ? all with a focus of getting veterans and their families the services they need as efficiently as possible and with sensitivity to the issues they face.
Participants expressed excitement about the training and hope to see the program continue in the future. One attendee told CNS, ?Thank you all so much for putting this together. There was no time wasted and no useless information. Everything was pertinent, informative and enjoyable. It is always refreshing to see how many people are doing such good work in our communities?
Colonel David Sutherland, Special Assistant to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, presented the keynote address at a special dinner, generously sponsored by The Boeing Company, on March 7. The evening highlighted the valuable contributions of all the organizations serving military families and recognized the TRIAD advisory committee for the contribution of time to the TRIAD effort.
With a slide show depicting images of his troops in Afghanistan, one of whom was a wounded warrior attending the dinner, Col. Sutherland presented a moving first-hand account of the dedication of US service men and women and the challenges they face as they rejoin their communities nationwide. Many of the dinner guests said they had a better understanding of the needs of our military families and felt ?inspired? to continue their work and encourage others to support the needs of veterans.
In addition to the sponsorship of The Boeing Company, CNS is grateful for the generous support of the Iraq-Afghanistan Deployment Impact Fund (IADIF) of the California Community Foundation, which made TRIAD, and this event, possible.