Building Networks of Support for Service Members, Veterans, and their Families

VA webinar

Date: August 30, 2017

Time: 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. (ET)

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A network of support in the community is essential to ensuring veterans and their families make a successful transition to civilian community life.  There are many veteran service organizations (VSOs) and initiatives that support the behavioral health of service members, veterans, and their families (SMVF).  Today, these organizations often go beyond the traditional services of socialization to offer greater connections and linkages to other programs and community supports, including peer services.  Partnering with VSOs and other veteran initiatives ensure that the network of support is stronger from policy to practice.

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA) SMVF Technical Assistance (TA) Center will host a webinar that highlights three examples of VSOs and other veteran initiatives that are partnering with the community to better serve the behavioral health needs of veterans and their families: (1) The George W. Bush Institute’s Military Service Initiative, (2) the Cohen Veterans Network, and (3) the Student Veterans of America.  Participants will learn how they can work together with these organizations and others to strengthen their community’s network of support.

SAMHSA’s SMVF TA Center works with state and territory interagency teams throughout the country to strengthen their behavioral health systems that are serving SMVF.  These interagency teams are composed of military and civilian representatives who have been working for several years to identify and respond to SMVF who are coming into contact with their service systems.



Cicely K. Burrows-McElwain, L.C.S.W.-C. | Military and Veteran Affairs Liaison, National Policy Liaison Branch, Division of Regional and National Policy/Office of Policy, Planning, and Innovation (OPPI), Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)



Barrett Bogue, M.S. | Vice President of Communications, Student Veterans of America

Kacie Kelly, M.H.S. | Program Director, Veterans’ Health and Wellness, George W. Bush Institute

Crystal Shelton, M.S.S.W., L.C.S.W. | Vice President, Clinical Programs, Cohen Veterans Network

Dan Standage, M.A. | Director of Disability in Education, Student Veterans of America


Learning Objectives

  • Describe the role and mission of the George W. Bush Institute’s Military Service Initiative, (2) the Cohen Veterans Network, and (3) the Student Veterans of America
  • Explain new programs and initiatives that have recently been launched
  • Identify ways that stakeholders can partner to support the behavioral health of SMVF in their community
  • Discuss successful strategies to strengthen networks of support at the national and local level


Target Audience

Policymakers, representatives from veterans service organizations, SMVF service providers from state, territory, and tribal systems, military family coalitions, and advocates.


If you have any questions about your registration, please contact Amanda Rozsavolgyi at (518) 439-7415 ext. 5272 or by email at