July 18, 2008, Washington, DC – On Tuesday, July 22, 2008, the White House Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives (OFBCI), joined by U.S. Secretary of Veterans Affairs James B. Peake, will convene a Compassion in Action roundtable titled, “Serving Those Who Have Served: The Vital Role of Faith- Based and Community Organizations.” Hosted by OFBCI Director Jay Hein, the Roundtable will focus on innovative and effective policies, programs and partnerships that address the needs of America’s veterans, highlighting the vital role of faith-based and community organizations in these efforts.
A complete Compassion in Action Roundtable agenda is attached.
TUESDAY, JULY 22, 2008
WHO: Jay Hein, Director, White House Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives
The Honorable James B. Peake, U.S. Secretary of Veterans Affairs
WHAT: White House Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives
Compassion in Action roundtable
WHERE: The White House
Eisenhower Executive Office Building (EEOB)
WHEN: Tuesday, July 22, 2008
10:30 a.m. – 12:45 p.m. EDT
Members of the press should arrive at the Northwest Appointment Gate by 10 a.m. EDT to ensure entry.
NOTE: Members of the press who do not have a White House press credential must fax his or her name (as it appears on his or her driver’s license), Social Security number and date of birth on company letterhead to (202) 456-7019 no later than 6 p.m. on Monday, July 21, 2008. For additional credentialing or logistical questions, please call (202) 456-7348.
Serving Those Who Have Served: The Vital Role of Faith-Based and Community Organizations
10:30 a.m. Welcome and Introduction
Jay Hein, Deputy Assistant to the President and Director
White House Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives
10:40 a.m. Keynote Remarks
James B. Peake, M.D.
Secretary of Veterans Affairs
10:55 a.m. Veterans’ Needs and Solutions
Moderator: Chaplain A. Keith Ethridge, Acting Director, National Chaplain Center, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
Panelist: Laura Balun, Director, Voluntary Service Office, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
Panelist: Craig Dykstra, Senior Vice President of Religion, Lilly Endowment
Panelist: Katherine Dunlap, Coordinator, McGuire Outreach Ministry
11:35 a.m. Snapshot of Success
Mark Johnston, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Special Needs Programs, Office of Community Planning and Development, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
John McWilliam, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Veterans’ Employment and Training, U.S. Department of Labor
Milton Brown, Service Recipient, Maryland Center for Veterans Education and Training
11:50 a.m. Services and Partnership Successes
Moderator: Pete Dougherty, Acting Assistant Deputy Secretary for Intergovernmental Affairs U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
Panelist: Reverend Michael M. Boland, Administrator, President and CEO,
Catholic Charities, Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Chicago
Panelist: Anne Rea, Chief of Operations for Adult Services, Way Station
Panelist: Ruth Fanning, Director, Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment Service, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
Panelist: Jim Gibbons, President and CEO, Goodwill Industries International
12:40 p.m. Call to Action
Mike Vogel, Chairman, 2008 National Salute to Hospitalized Veterans