Mayor Deke Copenhaver will spotlight the work of the Augusta Warrior Project during a high-profile panel discussion today in New York.
Copenhaver, invited to participate by retired Admiral and former Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Michael Mullen, joins the mayors of Jacksonville, Fla., and Houston in a 12:15 p.m. roundtable discussion about public-private partnerships that support veterans and their families.
“Through its innovative focus on collaborating with all of our local organizations, providing care to our nation’s heroes, the Augusta Warrior Project has spearheaded these efforts and I am excited about the opportunity to share with a national audience lessons learned here in Augusta,” Copenhaver said in a statement.
The Augusta Warrior Project, headed by Jim Lorraine, connects veterans with federal, state and local resources such as job skills, employment and housing programs, medical care and rehabilitation, higher education and family support services.
The lunch session, moderated by NBC Nightly News Anchor and Managing Editor Brian Williams, is part of the daylong Robin Hood Veterans Summit at the Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum.
Moderators and panelists participating in the summit include Mullen, NBC News Special Correspondent Tom Brokaw, ABC News Special Correspondent Katie Couric, Daily Show host and Executive Producer Jon Stewart, and Gen. Stanley McChrystal, former commander of U.S. and International Forces in Afghanistan, Joint Special Operations Command.
“It is a real honor to be invited to participate in this national event, as I believe this recognition underscores that Augusta and our region has become the national model for caring for our nation’s veterans,” Copenhaver said.