2017 NCRC Annual Conference

2017 National Community Reinvestment Coalition (NCRC) Annual Conference is scheduled for March 28-30, 2017 at the Capital Hilton Hotel in Washington, DC. The theme for this year’s conference is “Creating a Just Economy” keynote addresses will be presented by prominent officials and leaders in the field such as Sherrod Brown, U.S. Senator for Ohio, Richard Cordray, Director, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau; Thomas J. Curry, Comptroller of the Currency, Gregory Meeks, U.S. Representative for New York’s 5th District; Marc H. Morial, President and CEO, National Urban League, John Taylor, President and CEO, NCRC, Maxine Waters, U.S. Representative for California’s 43rd District, and Janet Yellen, Chair, Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System to name a few.

For more information, call (202) 628-8866 or visit www.ncrc.org/conference/

“Columbia DORN VA Medical: One community, many Voices!

Appreciating our Nation’s Veterans by Team Backpack Journalist”

News today contain multiple reports on the lack of good medical care offered our Veterans at local Veterans Administration locations across the United States. Team Backpack Journalist learned of a Vets Charity Ride in Columbia, SC that benefitted Veterans at the DORN VA. After an initial investigation and the sharing of the Team Backpack Journalists’ – “In their own words, Oral Histories of SC Vietnam Veterans,” it was decided to pursue an extended visit, cover the Vets Charity Ride, but also to spend days at the DORN VA visiting with the staff and patients gathering their stories.

“We found a totally different, an inspiring story at the DORN VA. Once the patients found out we were there, they wanted to talk to us and tell us, how great their DORN VA service experience was! We also found the medical staff to be open to discussion about their responsibilities, and especially their service to Veterans. Many of the programs providing support to Veterans are unique to the DORN VA, created by their staff. More importantly, the VETS Charity Ride was coordinated through the DORN VA Voluntary Service Department, and in its 16th year, we quickly saw why it was successful. Community Service Outreach at the DORN VA is one to be admired and modeled nationwide.” Linda Dennis, Program Manager

For more information, call cell (843) 582-2794; office (843) 284-8026; address 323 Harbor Pointe, #15, Mt. Pleasant, SC 29464; www.abackpackjournalist.com and https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8KLDHmmx_6g