2018 At Ease USA Luncheon
Thank you to all of the sponsors and attendees who made this year’s At Ease USA luncheon a success! We truly appreciate your support of our military families.
AEU is committed to providing access to confidential trauma treatment and therapeutic support for active military, veterans and their loved ones, regardless of their ability to pay.
AEU continues to fund three clinics in Nebraska – Bellevue, Grand Island and North Platte in partnership with Lutheran Family Services’ At Ease program. Behavioral health services are also provided in Lincoln. In addition to one-on-one therapy, At Ease includes peer-to-peer group therapy and support sessions both for veterans and their family members. AEU also continues to partner with the Women’s Center for Advancement by funding a program called Healing Warriors. The Healing Warriors program includes crisis intervention, individualized case management, pro bono legal services, therapy, peer support groups, and self-sufficiency services for clients who are connected to the military.
AEU has seen a need to reach beyond the brick and mortar clinics to veterans and families located in remote areas of Nebraska. Toward that end, AEU is launching a new initiative, the Preferred Provider Network. We realize not everyone will travel to one of the three clinics, but by training therapists in population centers, we believe we will extend our reach to build a network of highly trained therapists. AEU will also launch a tele-therapy program in conjunction with this initiative as well as hire a licensed therapist.
Proceeds from the luncheon will support AEU’s programs. The luncheon will be held on Wednesday, April 18 at the CenturyLink Center Omaha beginning at 11:45 am. Honorary Chairs for this year’s luncheon are Dr. Michael McGinnis, President and CEO of Goodwill Omaha; and Doug Wilwerding, Managing Principle at The Optimas Group.
Former naval officer, inspirational speaker, author, entrepreneur and advocate for patients worldwide, Montel Williams, will serve as the keynote speaker for the eighth-annual At Ease USA (AEU) luncheon.
Williams began his professional career in the US Marine Corps and was the first black Marine selected to the Naval Academy Prep School to then go on to graduate from the United States Naval Academy. Williams earned a degree in general engineering; minoring in international security affairs. While serving in the military as a naval intelligence officer, Williams’ was the recipient of two Meritorious Service Medals, two Navy Commendation Medals, two Navy Achievement Medals and various other military related awards and citations.
Because of his military service and regard for those who serve, Montel serves on the board of Fisher House, an organization that provides free or low-cost lodging to veterans and military families receiving treatment at military medical centers. Montel has been involved with many initiatives focused on improving the lives of people living with brain impairments and injuries. He has participated in trials surrounding non-invasive brain stimulation therapy and continues to work with researchers and the U.S. Army to further develop their findings with the hope of helping soldiers who have experienced blast-related traumatic brain injuries.
We hope your commitment to assist our military families continues by supporting the annual At Ease USA luncheon on April 18th at the CenturyLink Center.
If you would like to serve as a 2018 luncheon sponsor, use the form under the Sponsor tab or mail your donation to:
At Ease, USA
PO Box 24465
Omaha, NE 68124
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