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Service Member to Veteran: Transitions & Transformations of Military Women

Wed November 4th: 11:00 am-12:30 pm EST


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About This Webinar:

Being a woman servicemember is unique, and the transition process for a woman veteran is unique as well. Numerous resources are available specifically for transitioning women veterans. Service providers and servicemembers should know about these to accelerate post-service success for women veterans.

Learning Objectives

1. Understand the unique experiences of women leaving military service.
2. Assess how those unique experiences present challenges or opportunities.
3. Identify resources that already exist, or perhaps are lacking, in the military and veteran community.
4. Discuss what a successful transition entails.
5. Examine whether success is being achieved and, if not, how that can be changed.


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Aniela Szymanski is a Lieutenant Colonel in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve. She served on active duty as a judge advocate in the U.S. Marine Corps from 2003 to 2009. During that time she performed the duties of legal assistance attorney, deputy staff judge advocate, and staff judge advocate. She deployed to Afghanistan for Operation Enduring Freedom in 2011 as the first deployed female Civil Affairs Team Leader in the Marine Corps.
As a civilian, she has been practicing veterans law her entire career. She clerked at the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims, and was an appellate attorney representing veterans in private practice. She was a Visiting Professor of Practice at William & Mary Law School where she was a supervising attorney at The Lewis B. Puller, Jr. Veterans Benefits Clinic. She has also worked as a lobbyist for veterans benefits and guard and reserve issues before Congress. She is currently the Senior Director for Legal Affairs and Military Policy at Veterans Education Success, a Washington D.C. based non-profit organization specializing in higher education for veterans and military-connected students. She is on the board of the veteran transition collaborative YourNexStage, The Veterans Consortium Pro Bono Program, and a member of the ABA’s Standing Committee on Legal Assistance for Military Personnel.


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Dr. Carl Castro is currently Professor and Director of the Military and Veteran Programs at the Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work at the University of Southern California. Dr. Castro is one of the leading military health theorists in the world today. Dr. Castro received his Ph.D. from the University of Colorado in 1989. He began his military career as an infantryman in 1981, and completed two tours in Iraq, as well as serving on peacekeeping missions to Saudi Arabia, Bosnia and Kosovo. He conducted the first-ever behavioral health assessment of service members while they were still conducting active combat operations, setting a new standard of care for service members during combat. He retired from the Army at the rank of colonel. Dr. Castro is currently Chair of a NATO research group on Military Veteran Transitions, a Fulbright Scholar and member of several Department of Defense and Veteran Affairs advisory boards. His current research efforts are broad, including the exploration of the military culture that leads to acceptance and integration, understanding and ameliorating the effects of military trauma and stress on service members, family, unit readiness, the prevention of suicides and sexual assaults, and evaluating the process of transition into the military, as well as from military service back to civilian life.

Continuing Education (CE) Credit

Approval has been applied for 1.5 CEU credits for Social Work, Licensed Professional Counselors, and Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists from the UT Austin Steve Hicks School of Social Work. Check with your state licensing agency for reciprocity and/or credit approval if licensed for other professions or in one of the following states: CO, FL, HI, IA, KS, KY, MI, NY, ND, OH, OK

Approval has been applied for 1.5 Contact Hours from the National Council on Family Relations to Certified Family Life Educators (CFLE).

Certificates of completion are available for providers interested in documenting their professional development.

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