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Stacy Bannerman is an author, advocate, executive, and professor with an accomplished background as a subject matter expert on military family issues, Guard & Reserve veterans, and virtually all aspects of the non-profit arena and mission-driven organizations.  A powerful voice for today’s military families and veterans, (her husband is an Iraq war veteran), Bannerman’s experience speaking out against the war in Iraq has positioned her to talk with authority about having the courage of your convictions. 

The former Executive Director of the Martin Luther King Jr. Outreach Center, and the founding Director of both The Sanctuary for Veterans & Families and Sanctuary One, Stacy has created a variety of flagship programs for women, children, minorities, veterans, and military families.  Stacy has also created and co-produced high profile multimedia campaigns, and grassroots actions, and successfully spearheaded several state and federal legislative campaigns.  Stacy can assist your staff and volunteers in meeting the needs of today’s veterans and military families; creating new legislation, programs or advocacy campaigns; increasing your media coverage; or re-connecting with the essence of your mission.

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Training & Seminars

  • Healing the Forgotten Front: What You Need to Know to Help Post-9/11 Military Families and Veterans' Caregivers.
    Today's military family members are suffering mental health issues at rates virtually the same as the troops themselves. Spouses and caregivers of veterans with combat-related invisible injuries have diminished physical and psychological health over their lifetimes, including significant stress and suicidal ideation. This session will discuss secondary trauma, betrayal trauma, social isolation, loss of intimacy, anxiety, attachment and adjustment disorders in military and veteran's family members, as well as the high rates of interpersonal violence reported by wives/caregivers of post-9/11 veterans with PTSD and/or TBI. The workshop introduces participants to the unique culture of the military family/veteran's caregiver, and offers concrete tools and practical strategies for working with this population. Workshop will include lecture and facilitated discussion with participants. This course is recommended for social workers, counselors, clergy, first responders, primary care providers and therapists and is appropriate for all levels of practice.
  • The Other War Horse: How equine therapy and therapeutic riding are helping today's veterans and military families heal.
    For millennia, horses served as powerful allies on the warfront, carrying troops into battle. Now, they're taking on a new role as healing allies for returning veterans and their families. Struggling with the physical and psychological wounds of more than a decade of war, today's wounded warriors and their families and caregivers are finding new hope for healing and recovery by way of equine-assisted therapy, equine experiential learning, and therapeutic riding. Find out more about how these programs help, and why horses may be our best weapon yet for fighting the battles that begin when the war comes home.

  • Veteran Intimate Partner Violence & the Family
    Even as the overall rate of intimate partner violence in the United States declined by 64% from 1994 to 2010, rates of domestic abuse and lethal interpersonal violence within the post-9/11 military and veteran's communities began to explode. The National Domestic Violence Hotline (NDVH) reported that calls from people affiliated with the military more than tripled from 2006 to 2011. Between 2006 and 2009, the number of Fort Carson soldiers charged with domestic violence rose more than 250%, from 57 to 145. Between 2003-2010, rates of domestic abuse in the Army skyrocketed by 177%. Combat veterans are responsible for 21% of Interpersonal Violence (IPV) nation-wide - mediated by the development of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) (Prigerson, et. al., 2002).

    Male veterans with PTSD are two to three times more likely to engage in intimate partner violence compared to those without PTSD - a rate up to six times higher than the general civilian population. Wives/partners of combat veterans with PTSD appear to have a higher risk of experiencing potentially lethal domestic violence than any other demographic in the nation, particularly if the Veteran also has a Traumatic Brain Injury1. This workshop will assist participants in understanding more about this population and how better to serve them and their loved ones. Workshop will include lecture, case examples, facilitated discussion, and role-play to help participants learn new techniques and improve their skills.

    1 Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) has been tagged the signature wound of the post-9/11 wars. The VA estimates that between 300,000-400,000 of OIF/OEF veterans have sustained a TBI during deployment. Since the wars began, roughly 150 returning troops have committed, or been charged with, murder. The majority of their victims are family members, often spouses and sometimes children. In fact, there have been days when there are more military family member casualties at home than there are service member casualties at war. Poor impulse control, anger, aggression, and violent behavior have been associated with a Traumatic Brain Injury.

  • Events & Fundraising for non-profits and PACs: How to craft a compelling request letter, getting to “yes,” and the basics of successful grant writing.  The sessions can also include pointers for corporate partnerships and profit centers, creating fee-for service options, and putting together events that keep people coming back for – and giving – more!

  • Non-Profit Board Recruitment, Retention, & Responsibilities:  How to get and keep the best Board members for your agency.
  • Media & Public Relations Training for Mission-Driven Organizations: How to establish your brand, craft a press release, communicate with the media, and tell your story to the public. Highlights of Media Qualifications

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  • Coaching for writers and aspiring authors: One-on-one assistance to help you get results, whether it’s a powerful Op.Ed. or a complete book proposal package.
  • Legislative Campaigns & Political Advocacy:  Learn the tips and tools for effective advocacy, what it will take to turn your issue into legislation, how to present Congressional testimony, and what you need to do to see your bill become a law.
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