Alumni-inspired conference at West Point will address challenges facing veterans

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Cadets at an ROTC Oath of Enlistment ceremony. (Photo by Michael Marsland)

Yale alumni, students, faculty, and staff are invited to the West Point Veterans Invitational (WPVI), a two-day conference on April 22 and 23 organized by and hosted at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point.

WPVI was directly inspired by and builds upon last year’s Yale Veterans Summit, an event at the university that fostered a national dialogue on U.S. civil-military relations and addressed the most pressing issues and challenges facing veterans and service members today. The Association of Yale Alumni and the Yale Veterans Association have been actively involved in helping to shape the WPVI program.

The theme of the invitational is “Many Ways to Serve.” Its goal, according to the organizers, is “to expand the dialogue to recognize the many different ways in which Americans provide service to the nation through participation in a variety of local, national, and international endeavors.” A range of panels will address topics such as “Civil-Military Relations in the Field and at Home,” “Veterans in the Classroom,” and “The Veterans Administration and Wounded Warriors,” among others.

The organizers of WPVI are seeking speakers, moderators, and panelists for the conference, which will run from the evening of Friday, April 22 to the evening of Saturday, April 23. Anyone with an interest in the broad concept of service, veterans’ affairs, or civil-military relations is invited to attend. Admittance to the invitational is free and open to the public but seating is limited and reservations must be made in advance. To reserve a seat at the conference, or to volunteer to participate, or contribute to the conference in some other manner, send email to

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