California Western’s Marketing Director Interviews Steven R. Pietro About Education

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Steven Pietro

Steven R. Pietro opens up about education, career, and highly successful military food supplies business

PEMBROKE PINES, FLORIDA, UNITED STATES, December 12, 2018 / — Law graduate and businessman Steven R. Pietro reflects on his education, career highlights, and establishing Justice Government Supply, Inc.

From paying his own way through college and law school to founding Justice Government Supply, Inc., California Western School of Law alumnus Steven R. Pietro has enjoyed 25 years of success since graduating in 1993. From working at the office of the Miami Dade County Public Defender to forging a successful career as a criminal defense litigator, the legal professional turned entrepreneur is today president of Justice Government Supply, Inc.

A Native-American-Service-Disabled-Veteran-Owned Business, Justice Government Supply, Inc. proudly serves the women and men of the U.S. Military with a complete Catalog of the finest steaks, roasts, select butcher chops and more across the globe. Shifting gears following the financial crisis of 2008, Pietro says he saw a way to serve his country while at the same time doing something which he believed would prove truly rewarding.

"My degree from California Western gave me the ideal training and background to shift to an entirely different industry on a full-time basis, reveals the graduate. "The skillset and training that my Law Degree and the practice of Law provided is a solid foundation to successfully tackle any situation no matter what the industry or practice.” Those skills and their utility are not profession specific and are utilized throughout my life, particularly in terms of Contracts, Negotiations/Mediations, Leadership and Problem-Solving to name a few," he adds.

“We would never serve anything to our Troops that we and our families would not eat ourselves.” To that end, our motto is that we provide 'A True Taste Of Home,' and as such, Pietro is immensely proud of his achievements and accomplishments with Justice Government Supply, Inc.

“I am very fortunate to have a partner that is truly as committed as I am in terms of honor, integrity, honesty and providing the best quality product at competitive price points.” “CEO Grady Renville, is a Service-Disabled-Veteran who served in three of the four branches of the U.S. military; the Army, Navy, and Marine Corps," points out Pietro, further adding that Renville is also a Native American of a recognized tribe.

Opening up more about his time at California Western, graduate Pietro continues, "I utilize my legal training on a daily basis, even though I no longer practice law in the 'traditional' sense." He also adds that the law school's cutting-edge curriculum is largely to thank for expanding his reach and opening his eyes to the complexities and inner working relationships of various aspects of doing business.

Of his endeavors with Justice Government Supply, Inc., Pietro reveals that the sheer logistics and economies of scale involved in growing from selling one pork chop, hamburger, or steak to today selling 250,000 pounds of product at a time were both challenging and exciting.

"In just two years, during the war in Afghanistan, we became the number one Bulk Ground Beef provider worldwide," says Pietro. "The logistical hurdles of shipping container-loads of frozen product into a war zone via several different countries—each with their own laws and guidelines—proved immensely challenging.” “We are extremely proud that we consistently achieved success and through our diligence and 24/7 Client-Service, everything worked flawlessly." “Not only did we consistently provide a product of ‘superior quality’ but we also Source-Loaded directly from our Plant in Chicago and shipped straight through to Kabul, thereby saving the U.S. Government a substantial sum of money on each order.”

Reflecting on fundamental lessons learned during his legal training, the Justice Government Supply, Inc. founder is keen to highlight the overriding philosophy of the business. "There are never any problems, only solutions," he adds, wrapping up, "and failure is simply never an option."

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GlobalSim to Provide Two Full Mission Crane Simulators to HRSA in Virginia

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GlobalSim has contracted with Hampton Roads Shipping Association to provide two (2) Full Mission crane simulators to train operators in the Virginia area.

SANDY, UT, UNITED STATES, December 12, 2018 / — Salt Lake City, UT – GlobalSim, Inc. is pleased to announce that it has recently contracted with Hampton Roads Shipping Association (HRSA) to provide two (2) Full Mission crane simulators to train operators in the Hampton / Norfolk, Virginia area. The premium simulators will feature GlobalSim’s state-of-the-art motion system, customized controls provided by Brieda, and GlobalSim’s latest virtual reality (VR) functionality to provide enhanced training. The systems will provide training for operators on Ship-to-Shore (STS) cranes and Hybrid Shuttle Carriers.

“This is an exciting project for GlobalSim and we look forward to partnering with HRSA to provide these simulators” remarks Brad Ball, GlobalSim’s Vice President of Sales and Marketing. “The HRSA simulators will feature 4K displays and virtual reality integrated into a full cabin simulator. Upon completion they’ll be among the finest crane simulators in the world.”

Roger Giesinger, President of the Hampton Roads Shipping Association remarks – “The GlobalSim simulators will provide us with an opportunity to screen our employees to determine if they want to operate the real piece of equipment. We will have the ability to conduct simulated training of real life situations and have a better trained operator in a shorter time. We’ll also use the simulators in our recertification programs, thus cutting the time and costs of our training.”

The simulators are currently being developed at GlobalSim’s headquarters in the Salt Lake City, Utah area. Once completed, the systems will undergo testing before being installed at HRSA in Q2 2019.

About GlobalSim: GlobalSim, Inc. is an employee owned company that develops training simulators for a variety of industries, including ports, construction, and the military. GlobalSim simulators for port cranes can be found on 5 continents and the company builds, supports and maintains these simulators through its headquarters in Salt Lake City, Utah, USA.

About HRSA: The Hampton Roads Shipping Association is a non-profit trade association founded in 1971 to promote the interests of the Port of Hampton Roads and to further the common interest of those business establishments within the Port, particularly those who hire waterfront labor.

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American Made for the Holiday

Unique products made in Gettysburg, PA

Stop by and see if Berk the Battle Dog is visiting today.

Small town values and great customer service with nationwide reach.

You just don’t see this type of pride in providing customer service anymore. If quality products and service at a fair price are important to you, I highly recommend GettysGear.”

— Grant, Customer from Humble, TX

GETTYSBURG, PA, UNITED STATES, December 12, 2018 / — In the continued globalization of our retail shelves, there seems to be an ongoing challenge to find American made products to meet the high standards of the discerning consumer. But in southern Pennsylvania, there is a company that prides itself on making its products in and around its home town of Gettysburg.

Their philosophy is really quite simple; produce high quality products at reasonable prices while providing exceptional customer service. “At GettysGear, we pride ourselves on maintaining the highest production standards on our offering of products that range from coffee, pottery, hand cast aluminum, cigars and more”, said Cary Gregory, President. He continued, “you can find a wide array of unique and interesting items made right here in Gettysburg, PA with a 4.76 out of 5 star customer rating.”

As an added point of interest if visiting Gettysburg, stop by and see the folks at GettysGear at their “new” downtown location in the 1800’s era Carriage House of the Historic Swope Manor located in the heart of downtown.

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Certification of Veteran Businesses

The country’s leading Certification Organization for SD/VOBs of all sizes.

Dakkota believes in strength and effectiveness through diversity…we are so proud to continue to strengthen our partnership with those who have served our great nation.”

— Andra Rush, CEO Dakkota Integrated Systems.

DETROIT, MI, US, December 11, 2018 / — The National Veterans Business Development Council (NVBDC) is proud to announce Dakkota Integrated Systems as their latest corporate member. Dakkota joined the NVBDC at the Fortification level, joining other Top Tier organizations who’ve benefited from their association with the leading certification agency. “We are so pleased to work with Dakkota Integrated Systems. They’ve demonstrated great commitment to working with minorities, women and Veteran business owners. NVBDC recognizes companies who not only talk about diversity and inclusion, but actually demonstrate it in their company practices,” said Keith King, President NVBDC.

Founded in 2001, Dakkota Integrated Systems started with one plant in Holt, Michigan and now has over 14 plants throughout the mid-west. The company produces automotive components and provides various critical cost saving services, like warehousing, inventory management and sequencing for original equipment manufacturers. As a leader in their industry, Dakkota Integrated Systems is committed to their supplier diversity program and recognizes the impact of a diverse supply chain. For certified Service Disabled and Veteran Owned Businesses (SD/VOBs) seeking opportunities to work with an innovative company, this is welcome news.

“Dakkota believes in strength and effectiveness through diversity: the inclusion of diverse cultures, backgrounds, personalities, skills and talents produces a stronger, more robust and successful working environment and supply base. More importantly, we are so proud to continue to strengthen our partnership with those who have served our great nation.” said Andra Rush, CEO Dakkota Integrated Systems.

Veteran focused Diversity Spending Programs are an $80 billion dollar market in the United States. Other corporations who support the NVBDC in certifying SD/VOBs include the 28 member corporations of the Billion Dollar Roundtable, and corporations such as, Kellogg's, AT&T, General Motors, Ford, JP Morgan Chase & Co., PPG, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan and Minnesota, Facebook, BMW, Google, Microsoft, Apple and many more.

NVBDC’s Mission:
The NVBDC is the only Veteran Owned Business Certification organization developed by Veterans, for Veterans. The purpose is to provide a credible and reliable certifying authority for all size businesses ensuring that valid documentation exists of Veteran ownership and control.

FIND US. LIKE US. FOLLOW US. JOIN US. LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube.

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Leonardo announced as gold sponsor, and Raytheon, ICEYE and Aerodata AG announced as newly confirmed sponsors

SMi reports: Four new sponsors confirmed to join line-up at 2019’s Maritime Reconnaissance and Surveillance Technology conference

LONDON, LONDON BRIDGE, UNITED KINGDOM, December 11, 2018 / — SMi is delighted to announce that four brand new sponsors; [GOLD] Leonardo, Raytheon, ICEYE and Aerodata AG, have joined the line-up for Maritime Reconnaissance and Surveillance Technology conference 2019 (

Read on to find out how these industry leading solution providers can help solve the potential challenges navies face in the sea and air.

Gold Sponsor, Leonardo is a global high-tech company in the Aerospace, Defence and Security sectors. Leonardo’s Airborne & Space Systems Division is focused on integrated mission systems, airborne radars and sensors, electronic warfare systems, on-board avionics, aerial target systems and simulation systems, Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS) and space systems. Leonardo’s Land & Naval Defence Electronics Division offers all the necessary expertise to guarantee land and naval Armed Forces with a qualified and fast information superiority, situational awareness, command and control capability, weapon systems management and network communications. Leonardo will be both presenting (day 1) and exhibiting at the two-day conference.

Raytheon UK is a subsidiary of Raytheon Company. It is a prime contractor and major supplier to the U.K. Ministry of Defence and has developed strong capabilities in mission systems integration in defence, national security and commercial markets. With a history of innovation spanning 96 years, Raytheon provides state-of-the-art electronics, mission systems integration, C5ITM products and services, sensing, effects, and mission support for customers in more than 80 countries. Raytheon will be presenting (day 1) at the two-day conference.

ICEYE are a global satellite monitoring company who's revolutionary synthetic-aperture radar (SAR) technology has limitless ability to image sea through clouds and darkness, just as during the day. ICEYE will be presenting on day 1 of the two-day conference.

Aerodata AG provides special mission aircraft which can be tailored to various tasks like Maritime and Land Surveillance, and border patrol. For these types of tasks, their mission management system "AeroMission" provides a specific solution regarding sensors and their operation, visualization and aircraft installation. Aerodata AG will both be presenting (day 1) and exhibiting at the two-day conference.

This year, SMi are hosting a pre-conference workshop, “C-SIGMA and S-AIS, Creating a New Paradigm”, which will be lead by C-SIGMA. C-SIGMA envisions linking together existing and planned unclassified space system capabilities in a worldwide collaborative network via coordinated regional centers for international Global Maritime Domain Awareness to provide security, safety, environmental protection, resource conservation, as well as disaster mitigation and recovery.

Benefits of attending the half-day workshop include: an update on the rapid expansion of Earth Observation satellite capabilities & their impact on the maritime world, finding out about Earth Observation Systems, learning how S-AIS has changed the maritime world, and how analysis with Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning is impacting maritime operations.

The workshop will take place on Tuesday 5th February 2019 between 12:00 and 16:30 at the same location as the conference: The Crowne Plaza Rome – St. Peter’s Hotel, Rome, Italy.

For those who would like to attend the conference there is a £100 early bird offer which is valid until Midnight on Friday 14th December. Register for the conference at

4th annual Maritime Reconnaissance and Surveillance Technology
6th-7th Feb 2019
Crowne Plaza Rome St. Peter's Hotel & Spa, Rome, Italy

Gold Sponsor: Leonardo, Orbital Micro Systems Sponsor: Aerodata AG, ICEYE Oy, ImageSat International, Raytheon

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Established since 1993, the SMi Group is a global event-production company that specializes in Business-to-Business Conferences, Workshops, Masterclasses and online Communities. We create and deliver events in the Defence, Security, Energy, Utilities, Finance and Pharmaceutical industries. We pride ourselves on having access to the world’s most forward thinking opinion leaders and visionaries, allowing us to bring our communities together to Learn, Engage, Share and Network. More information can be found at

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Luis Ayala Select GlobalSim to Provide Full Mission Crane Simulator

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Salt Lake City, UT – GlobalSim, Inc. is pleased to announce that it has finalized a contract with Luis Ayala in Puerto Rico to provide a Full Mission Simulator.

SANDY, UT, UNITED STATES, December 10, 2018 / — Salt Lake City, UT – GlobalSim, Inc. is pleased to announce that it has finalized a contract with Luis A. Ayala Colón Sucrs. in San Juan, Puerto Rico to provide a Full Mission Simulator equipped with a ship-to-shore (STS) crane, Mobile Harbor Crane, and Reach Stacker.

GlobalSim was selected based on the company’s technological expertise and ability to implement the latest hardware and software innovations into their simulators—from motion, to graphics and visuals. “We are very excited to be working with GlobalSim” exclaimed Hernan Ayala, Executive Vice President at Luis A. Ayala Colón Sucrs. “We are very impressed with GlobalSim’s ability to replicate the feel of the actual equipment” remarked Ayala.

The simulator will include operator controls from the original equipment manufacturers, large flat panel displays, 3 DOF motion system, and full instructor station for interactive training. “We’re confident our simulator will enhance their training program and increase efficiencies” said Dan Olson, Vice President of Operations. “Projects such as this is what we do best! We’re confident this simulator will enhance the training programs for Ayala and we look forward to working with them for year to come” said Olson.

The simulator has been constructed at the company headquarters in Salt Lake City and will be delivered to Puerto Rico in December 2018.

About Luis A. Ayala Colón Sucrs: Luis A. Ayala Colón Sucrs is Puerto Rico’s leading terminal operator by providing unsurpassed services to cargo ships. Luis A. Ayala Colón Sucrs was founded in 1938 and is celebrating its 80th Anniversary.

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Birdon and the US Army Announce the Completion and Celebration of the 100th Bridge Erection Boat for the US Army

The Birdon family, US Army personnel, key suppliers, and special guests are celebrating the completion of the 100th BEB on December 10 at 11:30 a.m.

DENVER, CO, UNITED STATES, December 6, 2018 / — Birdon is proud to announce the completion of the 100th Bridge Erection Boat (BEB). The Birdon family, US Army personnel, key suppliers, and special guests are celebrating the completion of the 100th BEB on Monday the 10th of December at 11:30 a.m. at Birdon headquarters in Denver, Colorado.

Denver City Councilman Christopher J Herndon, Steven Rienstra, US Army Product Manager, and Jamie Bruce, CEO of Birdon, will all be speaking at the event. Other special guests include representatives from Senator Bennet’s Office, Senator Gardner’s Office, the Denver Office of Economic Development, the Australian Embassy and US Government agencies including MSCOE, TACOM, and DCMA.

Birdon and NAMJet began production of the first BEB and propulsion systems for the US Army in the summer of 2014 in their new factory in northeast Denver. The first boat was delivered to the Army for testing in the spring of 2015. Since then, the Birdon family has grown from 10 employees to over 100 employees who complete on average 3 boats and 10 waterjet propulsion systems per month. In November, the US Army awarded Birdon an additional contract that will double production in 2019 and 2020.

In its primary mission mode, the BEB provides propulsion, thrust, and stabilization to support worldwide tactical float bridging and rafting operations. It is specifically designed to provide high thrust and operate in high particulate matter environments including silt in fresh, brackish and saltwater. All functions of the BEB are performed by no more than a two-person crew. The unique and flexible design of the BEB means it can integrate with most customer specific transport systems.

Due to Birdon’s successful performance on this contract, they are starting to receive inquiries for BEBs both domestically and internationally. Earlier this year, Birdon demonstrated a BEB for the US Marine Corp at Camp Lejeune, NC in April of 2018 and are now working to develop the requirements to eventually replace their aging fleet of over 120 BEBs. Birdon also signed a marketing agreement with General Dynamics European Land Systems (GDELS) earlier this year that will allow GDELS to market the Birdon BEB as part of their overall bridging system solution to countries around the world. As a result, delegations from the Canadian Defense Force have visited on multiple occasions and Birdon is responding to inquiries from Sweden, Poland, the Czech Republic, the Netherlands, South Korea, and Brazil.

Denver’s innovation and manufacturing sector is growing and the release of the 100th BEB to the US Army is just one indication of how Denver is making a mark on the national landscape.

About Birdon
Birdon has a long-standing reputation for producing high-quality marine engineering, manufacturing and maintenance support services for a diverse range of defense and commercial solutions around the world.

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Global experts gather to discuss increasing cyber threat to our railways

4th Annual Rail Cyber Security Summit February 19th and 20th Amsterdam Netherlands

Cyber Senate captures key thought leaders and works to share information. Cyber Senate is a highly valuable organization and we are pleased to support the good work they are doing.”

— Chris Blask, Former Chair, US ICS ISAC

AMSTERDAM, SCHIPHOL, NETHERLANDS, December 5, 2018 / — Taking place at the Crowne Plaza in Amsterdam-Schiphol on the 19th and 20th February 2019, the event will see security specialists from around the world gather to discuss how to manage the ever-evolving cyber threat to the world’s railways as Internet of Things (IoT) technology becomes increasingly integrated with operational infrastructure.

The Rail Cyber Security Summit is a two-day executive forum for IT and OT security professionals organised by specialist cyber security event company, Cyber Senate. The event will include case studies and presentations from global cyber subject matter experts, representatives of passenger and freight rail operators and infrastructure managers. It will also feature in-depth discussion sessions with leading rolling stock and signalling systems suppliers, to collectively address the security challenges faced across the rail 4.0 supply chain.
Key topics on the agenda include:
The integration and convergence of IT and OT
• How to manage and mitigate the risk of cyber threat
• Managing supply chain and third party risk
• Identifying and addressing blind spots
• Innovations in detection and mitigation
• Configuration management
• Incorporating resilience into information systems
• Critical control system components
Speakers already confirmed for the event include:
• Lies Alderliester, Chief Information Security Officer, Nederlandse Spoorwegen (NS)
• Arjen Boersma, Manager CIO Office, Prorail
• Israel Baron, Head of Cyber Security Department, Israel Railways
• Oliver de Visscher, Chief Information Security Officer, Infrabel
• Christian Schlehuber, cybersecurity expert, DB Netz AG
• Claudio Cassarino, Managing Director, Metro service Denmark
• Sverre Kjenne, Executive Vice President of Digitilization and Technology, Bane NOR
• Geir Arild Engh-Hellesvik, Chief Information Security Officer, NSB Rail
• David Tapia Santamaria, Cyber Security Engineer, CAF

Discussing the event James Nesbitt, organiser of the event and founder of Cyber Senate said: “Merging the latest IoT technology with operational technology has the potential to be genuinely transformative for our railways, however, it is not without risk.

“2015’S Project Honeytrain – a ‘honeytrap’ exercise which attracted 2.7 million cyber attacks to a virtual rail infrastructure in just six weeks – showed just how considerable the appetite is for attacking our railways in this way.
“And with hackers becoming more ever more sophisticated, it is essential that those working in the industry ensure that they stay one step ahead – optimising the technical performance of often neglected rail infrastructure and taking a ‘macro’ view, which considers the many risk channels facing rail infrastructure, including supply chains.
“This event will give those working in and around the industry the knowledge they need to ensure they have the right tools to incorporate resilience into information systems, critical control system components and business processes throughout their organisation.”
Location: 19th-20th February 2019 at the Crowne Plaza in Amsterdam-Schiphol Planeetbaan 2, 2132 HZ Hoofddorp, Netherlands
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The Cyber Senate is part of IoE Events Ltd (Internet of Everything!).To find out more, email

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Updated brochure released ahead of Border Security 2019 Conference

New speakers sign up to Border Security 19, including: SITA, Cellebrite, Estonian Police and Border Guard Administration, ICMPD, Delhi International Airport Ltd

LONDON, LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM, December 5, 2018 / — Taking place on the 12th and 13th February 2019 at the Crowne Plaza St Peter's Hotel & Spa, Rome, Italy, the 12th annual Border Security conference and exhibition will open its doors to more than 100 senior security experts, law enforcement officers and industry representatives from around the world, as they discuss and explore the political and technological solutions being utilised to secure national borders.

With spaces limited, conference organiser SMi Group are encouraging delegates to book their seat now to avoid disappointment at this sell out event.

Register by the 14th December to receive a £100 discount on your booking. Visit the website to register at:


With a host of new speakers, SMi Group are pleased to announce the following presentations:

• The Role of Electronic Travel Authorisations for Passenger Pre-Clearance – Mr Andy Smith, Business Development Director, Border Management & Government Services, SITA

• Digital Intelligence: Leveraging the Power of Data Analytics – Cellebrite Executive

• Estonian Border Security: Recent Developments and Highlighting Initiatives – Mr Egert Belitšev, Head of Integrated Border Management Bureau, Estonian Police and Border Guard Administration

• Improving Border Security in the Mediterranean through Comprehensive Border Governance: case study of Lebanon, Tunisia and Morocco – Mr Borut Erzen, Head of Border Management and Security Programme, International Centre for Migration Policy Development (ICMPD)

• DIAL’s Efforts to Ease Border Crossings – Mr Sanjay Kumar, Safety Specialist, Delhi International Airport Limited

There will also be an evening networking reception hosted by Vancouver Airport Authority day-one at the conference.

The newly updated agenda is available to download at:

Sponsorship is now open, should you wish to speak or exhibit at Border Security 2019, please contact Sadia Malick on: +44 (0) 20 7827 6748 or

For delegate enquiries, contact James Hitchen on +44 (0) 20 7827 6054 or email


The 12th Annual Border Security Conference
12-13 February 2019
Rome, Italy

Gold Sponsors: Gatekeeper Intelligent Security, SITA, Vancouver Airport Authority

Sponsors and Exhibitors: Cellebrite, WorldReach Software

About SMi Group: Established since 1993, the SMi Group is a global event-production company that specializes in Business-to-Business Conferences, Workshops, Masterclasses and online Communities. We create and deliver events in the Defence, Security, Energy, Utilities, Finance and Pharmaceutical industries. We pride ourselves on having access to the world’s most forward-thinking opinion leaders and visionaries, allowing us to bring our communities together to Learn, Engage, Share and Network. More information can be found at

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DISRUPT Veteran Suicide

Summit Brings Together Innovators to Focus on Breaking the Rate of Veteran Suicide

ARLINGTON, VA, UNITED STATES, December 5, 2018 / — Stop Soldier Suicide has partnered with the National Association of Veteran-Serving Organizations (NAVSO) to lead a summit around veteran suicide in Washington, DC on Thursday, December 6th with the long-term goal of reducing the veteran suicide rate to the national average. The intent of the summit is for participants to brainstorm ideas on how they can DISRUPT the rate of veteran suicide in the United States. Stop Soldier Suicide and NAVSO have targeted innovators and key stakeholders to discuss how they can identify and acquire untreated and at-risk veterans. This is an invite-only event hosted by Booz Allen Hamilton and sponsored in part by Cohen Veterans Network.

“I have lost more than one soldier to suicide even though I kept them all safe in combat,” says Nick Black, Co-Founder of Stop Soldier Suicide. “We are frustrated because the truth is that we haven’t impacted the overall veteran suicide rate and we know we need to do something drastically different in order to change the trajectory. We partnered with NAVSO to help us put the right people in the room in order to tackle our lofty goal of bringing the veteran suicide rate down to the national average. We believe that by challenging the status quo, we can hack the problem of veteran suicide and prevent crisis before it's too late.”

“There is no greater mission than saving lives; so for NAVSO to partner with Stop Soldier Suicide on this important work it was an easy yes,” says Chris Ford, Founder and CEO of NAVSO. “We have worked together to invite people who can think differently about this issue but also many of those who have been doing this work for years so that we can have an intense discussion about the way ahead. As the national association focused on veterans we have a broad view of the work being done across the country and connect organizations making an impact. Our goal for this summit is to create a plan that will step-change the veteran suicide rate next year.”

Suicide is a public health crisis and the tenth leading cause of death in the United States. Recent reports confirm some members of the military community are especially prone to suicide — approximately 20 veterans commit suicide per day. While many great organizations focus on research and clinical efforts, these have not been sufficient in reducing the stigma or suicide rates in the military community. It is imperative that those at higher risk for suicide are identified and engaged immediately as suicide does not discriminate against rank, gender, race, or sexual orientation. Of the 20 million veterans in the United States, approximately 70% are not actively seeking care with the Department of Veterans Affairs. To bring this rate down, the community needs to focus on those veterans outside VA care so we can find and engage the 7,000 veterans that are at greatest risk for taking their own life next year.

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