Call for Abstracts

To encourage broad intellectual engagement and debate, we are seeking papers on a range of topics consistent with the thematic pillars of the symposium which will form part of the general discussion portion of the agenda- the principle themes of this year’s symposium will focus of on four pillars:

Disability and Compensation

Overview of disability and compensation – strengths, challenges and gaps – what are the current policies, trends and lessons learned for veterans throughout the Pacific Rim.


Overview of veteran suicide across the Pacific Rim – facts, reality, challenges and strategies to stem this disturbing trend.

GI Bill

Overview of the GI Bill – successes, challenges, gaps and future direction of the program.

Successful Transition to Civilian Life

Overview of successful transition to civilian life – what are the challenges, gaps and opportunities, what is the capacity of non-governmental and community organizations to respond to the call for successful transition.

The above list represents the symposium thematic pillars but it is not exhaustive in its scope and we welcome proposals that explore new directions in action oriented research from a range of approaches that touch on the symposium themes.


Please submit a 300 word abstract and a 1-page CV by 1 December, 2016.


  • December 1, 2016: 300-word abstract and a 1-page CV
  • January 30, 2016: The selection committee will notify applicants of its decision.
  • May 1, 2017: Drafts (10-page maximum) papers to be submitted and will be circulated to conference participants via the conference website.
  • May 17-19, 2017: Conference

Abstract Submissions

Please send all abstract submissions directly to Cat Vazquez at