Wreaths Across America Radio to host veteran healing roundtable

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Wreaths Across America Radio will hold the first in a series of four roundtable discussions focused on veteran healing through sharing stories of resilience, purpose and success at 7 p.m. Eastern time Thursday, March 25.

The goal of the roundtable series is designed to help reduce barriers for veterans by:

  • Supporting generational bonds between service veterans through stories of service and success;
  • Destigmatizing issues faced by veterans and asking for help;
  • Combating inaccurate perceptions of veterans by discussing the diverse experiences, challenges, and success of service members, veterans and their families; and
  • Connecting veterans with valuable resources.

Subsequent broadcasts in the series are scheduled for Thursdays, June 24, Sept. 23 and Dec. 23.

The March 25 session is titled, “Service, Resilience, Success,” and will include two guest panelists interviewed by retired U.S. Army Capt. Joe Reagan and Wreaths Across America Executive Director Karen Worcester, according to a news release. 

Retired Army Maj. Gen. Peter (Pete) Aylward is director of the United States of America Vietnam War Commemoration. He leads the daily operations of this Secretary of Defense program, authorized by Congress, to thank and honor Vietnam veterans … our nation’s blood and treasure from a generation ago … and their families for their service and sacrifice, the release stated.

Maj. Gen. Aylward held a variety of command and staff assignments including commander, 26th Infantry Brigade (Light) 29th Infantry Division; deputy J-5, Plans and Policy Northern Command, Colorado Springs, Colorado; and deputy J-3, Domestic Operations, National Guard Bureau, Arlington, Virginia.

He also served on the White House Homeland Security Council Domestic Resiliency Group; and was director of the Department of Defense Pandemic Influenza Task Force.

Edward “Ed” McEvoy is the national outreach program specialist for the Department of Veterans Affairs Readjustment Counseling Service. He is responsible for developing national outreach policy, guiding national outreach efforts, and establishing and maintaining national-level partnership efforts to improve outreach effectiveness.

Mr. McEvoy began his V.A. career with RCS at the Center City Vet Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, where he worked as an outreach specialist. Before joining the V.A., he served seven years in the U.S. Marine Corps, deploying to Iraq in 2003, 2005 and 2008.

“I think this is going to be a meaningful discussion as everyone involved has a synergy of mission and a deep understanding of veterans’ needs and the needs of their families,” said Susan Patten, program manager for Wreaths Across America Radio. “We look forward to this opportunity to offer stories and the importance in addressing veterans’ healing.”

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About Wreaths Across America Radio

WAAR is a 24/7 Internet stream that provides informational and inspiring content about members of the U.S. Armed Forces, their families, veterans and volunteers throughout the country and overseas who support the mission to Remember, Honor and Teach. In addition to special programs and a live morning show that runs from 6 to 10 a.m. Eastern time every weekday, it plays music.

About Wreaths Across America

Wreaths Across America is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization founded in 1992 by Maine businessman Morrill Worcester to continue and expand the annual wreath-laying ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery.

The organization’s mission — Remember, Honor, Teach — is carried out in part each year by coordinating wreath-laying ceremonies in December at Arlington, as well as thousands of veterans’ cemeteries and other locations in all 50 states and beyond.

For more information or to sponsor a wreath, visit