Veterans Summit

Saturday, March 9, 2019
8 a.m. - 3 p.m.
NVU-Johnson: Events in Dibden Center for the Arts, Bentley Hall, SHAPE Center

Veterans, military families, and anyone who cares about veterans issues are invited to attend the Seventh Annual Veterans Summit at Northern Vermont University-Johnson. Speakers, breakout sessions, exhibitor booths, and the VA's Mobile Vet Center will all be on campus for this event. 

Great things happen at the summit because veterans, their family members, and stakeholders get together to share valuable information and to support one another. The exhibitors provide a wide array of services and resources. The speakers and presenters bring fresh insights, expertise, and inspiration. There is something of value for everyone.

  • For veterans and their families, the summit is about accessing critical benefit and health care resources from the VA and other service providers. 
  • For veterans experiencing homelessness or housing insecurity, the VA Stand Down and organizations that provide housing assistance are here to help you find solutions. 
  • For veterans and family members seeking comradery and service opportunities, the VFW, the American Legion, and many other organizations welcome your membership.
  • For veterans seeking employment, the Vermont Veterans Employment Network can help. Please visit their booth and schedule a one-on-one meeting.
  • For all attendees, the Summit is a great place to meet old friends, make new friends, and learn about all of the resources and opportunities available to veterans.

Register to Attend or Exhibit

Whether you're planning to attend all or part of the day or want to host an exhibitor table, please complete the online registration form to let us know you're coming. 

Register for the Veterans Summit

Events for the Day

Keynote Address: Restoring the Warrior Spirit: Holistic Healing of War's Invisible Wounds

Edward Tick, Ph.D. is an internationally recognized transformational healer, poet, psychotherapist, writer, and educator. He is honored for his groundbreaking work in the psycho-spiritual, holistic and community-based healing of the invisible wounds of war in the military, veterans, communities, and nations. An expert in both the ancient Greek and Vietnamese traditions, Ed leads annual pilgrimages to these countries. Co-Founder and director of Soldier’s Heart, Ed is the author of six previous books, including the award-winning War and the Soul and Warrior's Return, both used extensively by our military, veteran and academic communities.

Summit Address

Major General Troy Kok, Commanding General, Army Reserve Accessions Task Force

Special Address: This is Your VA!

Brett Rusch, MD, Chief of Staff, WRJ VA Medical Center

Guest Veteran 

Dr. Jason Clark, a physical therapist at Franciscan Children's Hospital

Exhibitor Booths

Information booths from more than fifty veteran service organizations

Breakout Sessions

Topics include homeless veterans, employment opportunities, women veterans, suicide prevention training and awareness, student veterans, and military sexual trauma 

Mobile Vet Center

The Veterans Affairs Mobile Vet Center offers readjustment counseling and information resources to veterans.

The Stand Down

The Department of Veterans Affairs will be hosting a one-day Stand Down in conjunction with the Veterans Summit; the event will provide valuable services to homeless veterans.

Post-Summit Events

Saturday, March 9
6th Annual Ian Muller Rail Jam  at Burke Mountain, 1 –6 p.m.

The Base Lodge at Burke Mountain, 223 Sherburne Lodge Road, East Burke, VT
Competition, food, entertainment, and live music. All proceeds fund the Ian Muller Memorial Scholarship for student veterans at Northern Vermont University.

Sunday, March 10
Free Lift Tickets for Veterans and their immediate family members

Burke Mountain
Proof of service required.
Burke Mountain is offering free lift tickets for Veterans and their immediate family members. The Burke Mountain Hotel and Conference Center is offering a lodging package at a deeply discounted rate for anyone attending the Summit. Two people can stay from $184/night plus tax in a studio suite. To make reservations, please contact the reservation desk at 866.966.4820 and use PROMO CODE: “MJAM” to receive the lodging discount.