Today's guest is Ranger veteran Steve Robinson. Ranger Robinson is a retired Army Non-Commissioned Officer with twenty years of service in conventional and Special Operations assignments including: 1st Ranger Battalion, 24th Infantry Division, 1/10th Special Forces, 8th Infantry Division, Ranger Instructor, 6th Ranger Training Brigade, Long Range Surveillance Detachment Team Leader in Korea, ROTC Instructor, and finally in the Office of the Secretary of Defense as a briefer and analyst on health effects which arose out of the 1991 Persian Gulf war.
After retiring he became an advocate for veterans. He has held the position of Government Relations Director, Executive Director and Program Director in three separate non-profits where he monitored DoD, and Dept of Veterans Affairs programs and policies. He served on the VA Research Advisory Committee on Gulf War Illnesses and has been a Special Adviser on chemical and biological weapons exposures to Vietnam and Gulf War Veterans. As a subject matter expert, he has testified numerous times before the House and Senate on matters pertaining to suicide, PTSD, Mental Health and the resiliency of the force, held Congressional hearings on veterans care at Walter Reed Army Medical Center, Ft Carson Colorado, Ft Stewart Georgia and other military bases. His current focus is on employment. He interfaces regularly with my peers in the Fortune 500 and the highest levels of Government including the White House, Congress, DoD, DOL and the VA.
The New American Veteran explores transition challenges for Special Operations veterans leaving active duty, identifies veterans that have become successful in their work and communities after serving, and organizations that provide innovative and effective treatment for conditions effecting veterans - PTSD, homelessness, unemployment, suicide.
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