U.S. Naval Institute & Military Officers' Association of America Announce Date and Confirmed Speakers for 'Wounded Warrior' Conf

ANNAPOLIS, Md. , July 29 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The U.S. Naval Institute (USNI - www.usni.org), one of the oldest and most-respected professional military associations in the United States , today announced confirmed speakers and date for its widely-anticipated Defense Forum Washington conference, "Measuring Success: Keeping Faith with Wounded Warriors and Their Families." The day-long event will be held on September 17th at the Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C.

The conference, co-sponsored by the Military Officers Association of America (MOAA), has attracted high-level participation from the military and government including:

Keynote Speakers

-- The Honorable Carl Levin, Chairman of the Senate Committee on Armed Services

-- The Honorable James B. Peake (Ret.), M.D., Secretary of Veterans Affairs

Moderators and Panelists

-- Colonel Jack Jacobs , AUS (Ret.), Military Analyst and Vietnam War Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient

-- Colonel Scotty D. Grigsby , USAR, former Director Army Reserve Family Programs, Warrior & Family Assistance Program-Wounded Warrior Issues

-- Melinda McMillon Darby , Executive Director, Wounded, Ill and Injured Senior Oversight Committee Office

-- Dr. Lynda Davis , Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Navy (Military Personnel Policy), Department of Defense-Veterans Affairs Joint Executive Council Case Management Line of Action

"Every American should be concerned with the care and recovery of wounded warriors and their families," says Major General Tom Wilkerson , USMC (Ret.), USNI's chief executive officer. "They have written us blank checks to defend our freedom and our way of life. In exchange, we have made a sacred promise to serve them as faithfully as they have served us when they are harmed or suffering. The purpose of this conference is to bring the public up to date on the status of our promise."

"I'm honored to participate in this conference," says Colonel Jack Jacobs (Ret). "It addresses one of the most important issues that will continue to challenge us for the foreseeable future. It's time that something like this took place."

To learn more about "Measuring Success: Keeping Faith with Wounded Warriors and Their Families" or to register, visit www.usni.org. Active-duty military may attend without charge.

About The U.S. Naval Institute

Founded in 1873, the U. S. Naval Institute is a non-profit, non-partisan professional membership association whose threefold mission is to provide an independent forum for thoughtful dialogue on issues of national security; to support the men and women of the Armed Forces and their families; and to preserve and promote our Naval Heritage. USNI publishes Proceedings and Naval History magazines; its Naval Institute Press publishes more than 75 professional and mission-related books each year.

About the Military Officers Association of America

Military Officers Association of America (MOAA), www.moaa.org, is the United States' largest veterans' organization for active duty, National Guard, Reserve, former, and retired military officers and their families and surviving spouses. MOAA is a full-service association with two magazines, benefits information, an officer placement service, and lobbying. The association promotes a strong national defense by lobbying for equitable benefits for those who serve and have served their country in military, including health care, pay, allowances, and family issues.

SOURCE The U.S. Naval Institute