Wednesday, May 13

7:30 a.m.
Breakfast buffet
8:00 - 9:00 a.m.
The Disappointing State of Veterans Organizations Today

Panelists will take stock of the current state of American veterans organizations and consider what opportunities lie ahead.

9:00 - 9:15 a.m.
Break
9:15 - 10:15 a.m.
From Entitlement to Civic Engagement

Panelists will analyze newly-formed veterans organizations and examine how they are filling gaps left behind by older organizations.

10:15 - 10:30 a.m.
Break
10:30 - 11:15 a.m.
Communities Need Veterans. Veterans Need Communities.

Tim Carney will spotlight how veterans became a lobby rather than a lifeblood of civic life, and how new thinking and leadership can reverse that.

11:15 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Combating a Disability Mindset

Authors Dan Gade and Daniel Xin will read excerpts from a forthcoming book on corruption of the VA disability system.

12:00 - 1:00 p.m.
Networking buffet lunch
1:00 - 2:00 p.m.
Bold Ideas for the Future

Shifting the focus from veterans as charity cases to unrealized resources, this session will feature short pitches from social entrepreneurs on how veterans can be deployed to solve America’s most pressing social challenges.

2:00 - 2:15 p.m.
Break
2:15 - 3:00 p.m.
Closing plenary session