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ACSN Webinar | Military Cultural Competency & Transition Awareness - Working with Service Members, Veterans & Families
Wednesday, May 26, 2021 | 2:00 - 3:30 PM ET

(Free for ACSN members; $25 for non-members) Register Now >>

Presented by Ben Shaw, Central Regional Director, Virginia Department of Veterans Services, Virginia Veteran & Family Support Program.

This training provides an overview of military culture to include organizational structure, rank, branches of service, core values, and demographics as well as similarities and differences between the Active and Reserve components, National Guard and Military Family awareness. It also provides awareness of transition and reintegration needs for veterans and members of the National Guard and Armed Forces Reserves and their Families.

By attending this workshop, attendees will learn how to:

  • Describe the military organizational structure, rank, branches of service, core values, and demographics
  • Identify differences between the Active and Reserve components and National Guard
  • Identify characteristics of military transitions from active duty, deployment and reintegration to civilian life and the challenges that arise
  • Identify best practices to enhance behavioral health, treatment options and resources for military service members, veteran, family and caregivers
  • Discuss the prevalence and characteristics of suicide amongst military service members and veterans

About the Presenter

A native of Virginia, Ben Shaw has worked in the Virginia Department of Veterans Services (DVS) Virginia Veteran and Family Support Program (VVFS) for over 10 years. Before his current role of Central Regional Director, Shaw held positions as Veteran Peer Specialist and Regional Coordinator.

Prior to DVS, Shaw served in the Marine Corps infantry with multiple combat tours in the middle eastern theater. Following his service, he worked in both Iraq and Afghanistan as a civilian journalist. Shaw holds an MA in Management, an MA in Public Policy and certification as a PMIⓇ Project Management Professional. He resides with his family on a small farm in Fluvanna County.


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