More than 100 people attended a recent event aimed at better supporting military-connected families and veterans.

The fourth annual Working With Military-Connected Families Conference was held on Aug. 4 at Bob Hope Patriotic Hall. This conference was sponsored by Children’s Institute, Inc., Nathanson Family Resilience Center at UCLA and Welcome Back Veterans, in partnership with several , including USC School of Social Work Center for Innovation in Research on Veterans & Military Families, Operation Family Caregiver, the Los Angeles County Department of Military & Veterans Affairs and the Los Angeles Veterans Collaborative, among several others.

Those present participated in a day filled with workshops, information tables and guest speakers. Topics for the day included:  Engaging veteran fathers, finding and serving military-connected students in schools, stressed veteran moms and kids at risk, and caring for the caregiver. Attendees were given plenty of time in between sessions to connect with others who work in various veteran organizations, learning more about them and better ways to collaborate together.

Participants and presenters came from all over the state of California and as far away as Texas and Indiana. The event was a great success, as many participants felt they learned how to better support military-connected families and veterans in their professional work. Connections were made throughout the day and participants walked away armed with knowledge and understanding.

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