To encourage a broad intellectual engagement and debate, we are focusing our discussion and panels on four thematic 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.
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.