Battlemind

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Overview & Registration

The Military Family Research Institute at Purdue University, in partnership with the Richard L. Roudebush VA Medical Center, Indiana National Guard and the Department of Veterans Affairs, is pleased to present the 11th annual Battlemind to Home Summit (Battlemind). This year’s conference will be held virtually via the Whova conference app. 

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Battlemind brings together a variety of experts each year to inform and educate Indiana professionals on the critical issues facing military-connected families in Indiana’s communities. Our goal for this conference is to help reduce reintegration barriers for veterans, service members and military families. We work to educate attendees on the challenges military-connected families face, and also the opportunities and strengths they bring to our communities.

Throughout the event, attendees can virtually network within and across communities, learn about shared issues, and develop action plans to apply at home. They will leave Battlemind empowered and motivated to create community change.

October 26: Preconference ($20) 
Participants can choose from a session on the intersection of substance use and suicide or a community forum on veteran homelessness. These two preconference sessions are open to all audiences. A session about VA and military benefits will be offered exclusively for the legal community.

October 27: Battlemind to Home Summit ($45)

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Three Tracks

MFRI uses a collaborative approach to plan and execute this event. With nationally recognized experts in all fields, Battlemind presents evidence-informed sessions that address many sensitive and cutting-edge topics. Past summit sessions have covered issues such as suicide, moral injury and community mobilization.

This year’s featured content will address:

  • issues regarding legal needs and support;
  • how to address physical and mental health concerns during the COVID-19 crisis; and
  • the tools needed to create a sense of community within civilian life for military personnel.

Join the Conversation

Find information about Battlemind on social media by following MFRI on Twitter using #battlemindIN, and “like” MFRI on Facebook.

Partners

Indiana State Bar Association

Indiana State Bar Association, the Indiana Office of Court Services and the VA Center for Faith and Opportunity Initiative.

Whova Conference App

The 2020 Battlemind to Home Summit will be hosted virtually via the Whova conference app. For more information, view the Whova App User Guide.

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Agenda

Monday, Oct. 26, 2020
Preconference Sessions
Choose from one of three sessions:

  • Intersection of Substance Use and Suicide:  Understanding the Connection (Behavioral Health)
    • Moderator/Presenter: Dr. Kristen Quinlan, Research Scientist, Suicide Prevention Resource Center, Education Development Center
      • Presenter/Panelist: Dr. Lisa Brenner, Director of the Rocky Mountain Mental Illness, Education & Clinical Center
      • Presenter/Panelist: Dr. Rachel Adams, Scientist, Institute for Behavioral Health – Heller School for Social Policy & Management, Brandeis University
      • Presenter/Panelist: Dr. Lisham Ashrafioun, Research Investigator (VISN 2) and Assistant Professor (UoR), VISN 2 Center of Excellence for Suicide Prevention and University of Rochester
  • Veterans Homelessness Community Forum (Community)
    • Rena Sterrett, M.Ed., Senior Community Outreach Specialist, Military Family Research Institute (MFRI), Purdue University
    • Joseph ‘Joe’ Devito, Outreach & Communications Director, Indiana Department of Veteran Affairs
    • Kristin Garvey, Grants Manager, Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority
    • Elby Hilton, Director of Community Services, Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority
    • Victoria Jennings, Veteran Homelessness Specialist, Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority
  • Overview of VA and Military Benefits for Elder Law Attorneys and VA Accredited Representatives (Legal)
    • Polli Pollem, Military Assistance Project Director, Indiana Legal Services, Inc.
    • Andrew ‘Drew’ Rutz, Lawyer, Law Office of Andrew Rutz
    • Connie Bauswell, Lawyer, Law Office of Connie L. Bauswell

Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2020
Full Day Conference

Morning Plenary SessionState of the State:  What are the needs of the state? (All)

  • Moderator: Justice Steven David, Justice, Indiana Supreme Court
    • Panelist: Dennis Wimer, Director, Indiana Department of Veterans Affairs
    • Panelist: Laura Ruzick, Director, Richard L. Roudebush Veterans Affairs Medical Center (VAMC)
    • Panelist: Brig. General Timothy J. Winslow, Director of the Joint Staff, Indiana National Guard
    • Panelist: Cezanne Elias, Clinical Assistant Professor, Human Development & Family Studies, Purdue University

Breakout Session One    

  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Service Dogs for Military Veterans: Preliminary Efficacy & Future Directions (Behavioral Health/Community)
    • Leanne Nieforth, Ph. D. Student, Purdue University Veterinary School
  • Using Mental Health First Aid to Support Veterans in Crisis (Behavioral Health/Community)
    • Jeremy Streem, Certified Mental Health First Aid Instruction
  • Bankruptcy, Eviction and Veteran Legal Issues (Legal/Community)
    • Roderick ‘Rod’ Bohannon, Staff Attorney, Indiana Legal Services, Inc.
  • Veterans Health and Well-Being in the First Three Years after Leaving Military Service (Behavioral Health/Community)
    • Dawne Vogt, Research Health Scientist & Professor of Psychiatry, VA Boston Healthcare System & Boston University
  • Integrative Treatment for Veteran Moral Injury (Behavioral Health)
    • Chaplain Kerry Haynes, Chief of Chaplain Service , South Texas VA
    • Patricia Pernicano, Psychologist, South Texas Veterans Health Care

Breakout Session Two  

  • Veterans Treatment Court: Mentor/Mentee Relationships (Legal)
    • Mark Kammerer, Project Director/Mentor Professional Development and Training and Technical Assistance, Justice for Vets
    • Tim Wynn, Veterans Certified Forensic Peer Specialist, City of Philadelphia
  • How Can We Better Serve the Mental Health Needs of Women Veterans? (Behavioral Health)
    • Amy Street, Deputy Director, Women’s Health Sciences Division, National Center for PTSD, US Department of Veterans Affairs
    • Eric Helmuth, Project Director, Women Vets On Point & VetChange, Education Development Center
  • VA Center for Faith and Opportunity Initiative (CFOI) and PREVENTS (Behavioral Health/Community)
    • Conrad Washington, Acting Director, VA Center for Faith & Opportunity Initiative, Office of Public & Intergovernmental Affairs, US Department of Veterans Affairs
    • Barbara Van Dahlen, Executive Director PREVENTS Task Force, Office of the Secretary
  • Integration: Military, Getting Out & Post-Traumatic Stress with Family (Behavioral Health/Community)
    • Matthew Sparks, Region 5 Leader, Mission 22
  • Office of Attorney General Assistance to Military Families and Top 10 Scams that Affect Veterans (Community/Legal)
    • Paul Schilling, Section Chief, Indiana Attorney General’s Office, Medicaid Fraud Control Unit                     

Keynote: Loss and Resilience in the Time of COVID-19 (All)

  • Froma Walsh, Ph.D., Co-Director & Co-Founder, Chicago Center for Family Health

Breakout Session Three   

  • Supporting Civilian Reintegration for Post-9/11 Veterans with Invisible Injuries (Behavioral Health/Community)
    • Nicholas Rattray, Ph.D., Research Scientist, Department of Veterans Affairs, Center for Health Information and Communication
    • Sarah Sparks, State Leader, Mission 22
  • Military and Veteran Culture (All)
    • Scott Tirocchi, Division Director, Justice for Vets
  • Veterans Treatment Court Panel: Importance of the Mentor Program (Legal/Community)
    • Moderator: Justice Steven David, Justice, Indiana Supreme Court
      • Presenter/Panelist: Judge Maria Granger, Judge, Floyd County Indiana Superior Court 3
      • Presenter/Panelist: Judge Jonathon Cleary, Judge, Dearborn Superior Court No. 1
      • Presenter/Panelist: Phil Turner, Grant County Mentor Coordinator, Veterans Treatment Court
    • Applying a Family Resilience Approach in Navigating COVID-19 Related Challenges   (All)
      • Froma Walsh, Co-Director & Co-Founder, Chicago Center for Family Health
    • COVID-19: Evictions After the Moratoria (Community/Legal)
      • Brandon Beeler, Housing Law Center Director, Indiana Legal Services, Inc.

 Keynote: Get Off The X (All)

  • Chad Robichaux MBA, Founder, Mighty Oaks Foundation

Way Forward – Together (All)

  • Sylvia Maxnier, State Coordinator, Building Healthy Military Communities (BHMC)
  • Rena Sterrett, M.Ed., Senior Community Outreach Specialist, Military Family Research Institute (MFRI), Purdue University

 Closing Remarks

  • Kathy Broniarczyk, Senior Director for Outreach & Operations, Military Family Research Institute (MFRI), Purdue University

Prerecorded Sessions

  • State and Federal Veteran Benefits Simplified (All)
    • Joseph ‘Joe’ Devito, Outreach & Communications Director, Indiana Department of Veteran Affairs
  • Issues in Family Law (Community/Legal)
    • Elizabeth ‘Beth’ Cox, Staff Attorney (KV) and Partner (CK), Kids’ Voice of Indiana and Cox & Koons, LLP
  • How Tobacco Industry Targeting has Influenced Tobacco Use in the Military and Veteran Populations (Community)
    • Tiffany Nichols, Policy & Evaluation Specialist, Indiana State Department of Health

Agenda is subject to change.

Continuing Education Units (CEUs)

Please view the instructions. To receive CEUs you must create an account with the VA Talent Management System (TMS) no later than Oct. 10. If you fail to do so, you will not be eligible to receive CEUs for your attendance at Battlemind to Home Summit. If you have questions regarding CEUs, please email Chad Gallien at Chad.gallien@va.gov.

Continuing Legal Education Units (CLEs)

For CLEs, once you’ve attended this year’s Battlemind, please fill out this survey.

Scholarship Opportunities

This year we are excited to offer three scholarship opportunities for Battlemind to Home Summit attendees. Scholarship applications are currently closed. Recipients will be notified soon.

Colonel Roger Peterman Scholarship
For the third year, we are giving one scholarship in honor of Colonel Roger Peterman.  He served on the planning committee of Battlemind from its inaugural year until his retirement in 2017. Colonel Peterman served in the Indiana National Guard for over 33 years. He continued to give back to his state by serving on the boards of several organizations and through his position as a transition assistance advisor. The Peterman scholarship will be given to a first-time Battlemind attendee who is actively involved in serving the military and veteran population in their communities. Service members, veterans, and their families will be given preference for this scholarship.

Martina Sternberg Community Mobilization Scholarship
For the second year, we will be honoring Martina Sternberg with Community Mobilization Scholarships. Martina was an Air Force veteran and an integral part of building the Battlemind to Home Summit into the collaborative success it is today.  During Martina’s time at MFRI, she led the community mobilization and Stand Down efforts. These scholarships will be given to a person who is actively involved in their local community mobilization meetings and activities within that group.

Military Supportive Communities Initiative Scholarship
In 2019, MFRI began a new program called the Military Supportive Communities Initiative (MSCI). This initiative was developed in collaboration with the Purdue Center for Regional Development and the Purdue University Extension Community Development Program. This initiative is intended for places that are dedicated to improving the lives of veterans, service members and their families who live there. This scholarship will be given to someone who has taken an active role as a member of an MSCI coordinating team.

The scholarships include preconference and conference registration.

Join Our Team

Help military and veteran families! Your sponsorship will help Indiana military and veteran families by supporting Battlemind attendees. This year we are offering an extended selection of sponsorship levels.

Bronze
$100-$250

  • Customization of space on exhibitor page on the Whova conference app
  • Rotating banner ad on exhibitor page of conference app
  • One virtual registration for preconference and Battlemind
  • Sponsorship level social media post two times prior to event and one post day of event

Silver
$251-$500

  • Customization of space on exhibitor page on the Whova conference app
  • Rotating banner ad on exhibitor page of conference app
  • One virtual registration for preconference and Battlemind
  • Sponsorship level social media post two times prior to event and one post day of event
  • Breakout session sponsor: Organization sponsorship slide at end of presentation

Gold
$501-$1000

  • Customization of space on exhibitor page on the Whova conference app
  • Rotating banner ad on exhibitor, home and agenda page of conference app
  • Two virtual registrations for preconference and Battlemind
  • Individual organization social media post two times prior to event and one post day of event
  • Breakout session sponsor: Organization sponsorship slide at end of presentation and 30 second video ad
  • Mention in Battlemind press release

Platinum
$1001+

  • Customization of space on exhibitor page on the Whova conference app
  • Rotating banner ad on exhibitor, home and agenda page of conference app
  • Two virtual registrations for preconference and Battlemind
  • Individual organization social media post three times prior to event and one post day of event
  • Breakout session sponsor: Organization sponsorship slide at end of presentation and 30 second video ad
  • Mention in Battlemind press release
  • Sponsorship of keynote speaker session with verbal recognition and video/slide ad

Sponsor Now

In-kind and additional sponsorship opportunities are available upon request. Thank you for your interest in supporting Battlemind to Home Summit. We look forward to your participation. For more information, please contact Kathy Broniarczyk at kbroniar@purdue.edu.