Combat to Community – Women Veterans Cultural Competency
Combat to Community began in 2009 as a project to help the community understand the landscape of veteran transitional issues, especially those that are particularly difficult and lead to homelessness, drug abuse, incarceration, etc. among the veteran population. The purpose of this tool is to promote an understanding of the challenges service members face while serving their country and the transitional obstacles they face when returning home. The trainings provide community partners with the knowledge and tools to better assist veterans with their reintegration process while targeting training areas that have historically posed challenges for our returning veterans; the focus of this presentation is Women Veterans. http://www.swords-to-plowshares.org/combat-to-community/
Title: Combat to Community – Women Veterans Cultural Competency (live with Q&A)
Date: Apr 25, 2013 at 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM, Pacific Time
- The training will provide organizations with a knowledge-base of women veteran characteristics and issues.
- Training will educate providers on how to effectively outreach and tailor services for women veterans and effective treatment models.
- Training improves approach and practice of providers by teaching them to identify veterans, understand the particular issues of veterans and their families, and navigate veteran-specific resources in the community.
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Organization: Swords to Plowshares Website: http://www.swords-to-plowshares.org/
Swords to Plowshares is a community-based, not-for-profit veteran service organization that provides wrap-around care to more than 2,000 veterans in the San Francisco Bay Area each year. They are committed to helping veterans break through the cultural, educational, psychological and economic barriers they often face in their transition to the civilian world.
Swords to Plowshares is a national model for veteran services and advocacy. With nearly 40 years of experience, they have established the most respected and comprehensive model of care for veterans in the country. http://www.swords-to-plowshares.org/about/
Women Veteran Coordinator and Community Education / Outreach
Swords to Plowshares
Ms. Lara served nearly twelve years on active duty in the US Army from 1995-2007, during her service she achieved the rank of Staff Sergeant (SSG-E6) and was assigned to multiple duty stations as well as deployments that included Bosnia during Operation Joint Forge and Iraq during Operation Iraqi Freedom. She was awarded the Combat Action Badge and two Meritorious Service Medals for her service. She understands the impact of combat and the struggle to adapt to life as a civilian. Upon completion of her active duty commitment, she pursued a degree from California State University East Bay where she achieved a BA in Business Management with an emphasis in Organizational Communication. Ms. Lara now serves as the Women Veteran Coordinator and Community Educator for the San Francisco based veterans service organization; Swords to Plowshares. Swords to Plowshares’ Institute for Veteran Policy (IVP) developed Combat to Community training, a series of curriculum on cultural competency developed for community partners, including clinicians, faith-based communities, law enforcement and other criminal justice professionals, to address the challenges veterans face re-integrating into the community.