During the seminar, you will have the opportunity to hear from national experts in grief, trauma, health and wellness and more. Below is a list of the speakers and presenters who will be in attendance.
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Retired U.S. Army Captain Florent "Flo" Groberg
Flo's military career began in July 2008 upon enlisting in the United States Army. After completing officer training and both U.S. Army Airborne and U.S. Army Ranger Schools, he was assigned to the 4th Infantry Division at Fort Carson, Colorado, serving as a platoon leader. After rising in the ranks following progressively more challenging assignments, Flo was promoted to the rank of Army captain in July 2012. Flo is a recipient of the Medal of Honor, the United States' highest military honor, for his extraordinary gallantry, intrepidity, and heroism while serving in combat operations in Afghanistan in 2012. He holds a Master's degree in management with a specialization in intelligence policies from the University of Maryland University College in College Park, Maryland.
Brett Jones, Singer Songwriter
Brett is also a captivating stage performer who started a 501c3 in 2017 for children and relatives whose family members were killed in the line of duty, including serving overseas and suicide. Having witnessed family tragedy himself, Jones is hoping to share the healing power of music thru Gold Star Mentors. The charity works independently and with TAPS to provide children with guitars and teaching lessons from Jones and other hit writers.
Matthew Miller, SES, PHD, MPH
Dr. Matthew Miller is the Executive Director for the U.S. Department of Veteran's Affairs (VA) Suicide Prevention as well as the Acting Executive Director of PREVENTS within the VA Suicide Prevention for the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), where he leads a team dedicated to the implementation and reinforcement of evidence-based community and clinical interventions addressing suicide prevention, intervention,and postvention. Dr. Miller previously served as the Director of the Veterans Crisis Line (VCL). Under his leadership, VCL became the world's largest and most efficient suicide crisis call center. He began his VA career as the Chief of Mental Health at Aleda E. Lutz VA Medical Center in Saginaw, Michigan, where he later became the Deputy Chief of Staff.