Brown-bag lunch to focus on returning Idaho military

Learn first-hand what it’s like for military veterans to come home from active duty during ITD’s next brown-bag lunch program rescheduled for March 29 at noon in the Darrel V Manning Auditorium/boardroom.

Representatives from the Idaho Department of Labor’s (DOL) Veteran’s Services group will discuss what it’s like to be in the military and the challenges that returning veterans and their families face when deployments end.

Chris Ramos, who oversees the Idaho’s veterans services outreach activities, will talk about the programs the DOL provides the state’s returning military veterans and how AmeriCorps volunteers are helping many of these veterans and their families cope with the transition to civilian life.

Kristine Parry and Katie Eiden, both veterans, will share what it’s like to be in the military and return home to confront work and sometimes, family issues. They will also talk about their successes and disappointments with diversity in the military.

Idaho has 137,000 military veterans living in the state. The DOL has 14 veteran representatives and 10 AmeriCorps volunteers working out of 24 offices statewide to assist veterans and their families.

The program will be broadcast to all ITD districts.

Published 3-16-2012