As some of you may know, Maureen was selected to be one of 150 guests from around the United States to attend the 68th U.S. Army War College (USAWC) annual National Security Seminar, held June 5-8, 2023.
Pete Burdett, Easterseals NH’s (ESNH) Veterans Count Executive Committee Vice Chair, retired US Naval Aviator, and Civilian Aide to the Secretary of the Army, (CASA) named Maureen as one of three, New Hampshire nominees for the program. Other nominees were Phil Taub, co-founder of Swim With A Mission, and Jeff Hiatt. As a Civilian Aide to the Secretary of the Army, Pete gets to nominate attendees for the program — those who have a message and know how to tell the story of their experience.
“The goal for program attendees is to gain a basic understanding of military culture, history, and the kind of people who serve,” he explained. “I sent three dynamos – they are filled with electricity!”
Maureen was selected because of her leadership within the nonprofit community, specifically with Easterseals NH & VT, and because of her integral role in our Military and Veterans Campus now under development in Franklin, NH for the benefit of those who have served.
“The National Security Seminar was an amazing event, and I was deeply honored to be selected to attend,” said Maureen. “Easterseals NH & VT has a history of dedication to veterans, military service members, and their families, especially through our Veterans Count Program and now our new Military and Veterans Campus. Participating in the National Security Seminar truly gave me a better understanding of the viewpoints and concerns of rising military and government leaders. The event exposed me to a cross-section of American perspectives and deepened my understanding of those who have given so much for our country.”
“As we move forward with the Easterseals NH Military & Veterans Campus, I think the National Security Seminar fired up Maureen with a deeper connection,” said Pete. Having served as a Civilian Aide for 10 years, Pete’s term is expiring, but he will continue in an advisory capacity as a Civilian Aide Emeritus.
The National Security Seminar is a four-day event that examines current national security issues and encourages candid dialogue. Maureen and other guests from across the country met and engaged with 371 resident USAWC graduates, including 76 international officers from 73 different countries. It is the final event for the Army War College’s Resident Students before graduation.