General Martin Dempsey and General (ret) Eric Shinseki to Keynote in DC
Justice For Vets is honored to announce that the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Martin Dempsey and the Secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs General (ret) Eric Shinseki will deliver keynote remarks during the inaugural Vet Court Con December 2-5, 2013 in Washington, DC.
“This December we will gather in the nation’s capitol to address the most critical issue of the day: coming to the aid of our veterans who are struggling on the home-front. There is no better way to honor those on the front line of that effort than to have two American heroes who have dedicated their lives to preserving our freedom,” said NADCP CEO West Huddleston. “General Dempsey and Secretary Shinseki know firsthand the sacrifices endured by those who wear the uniform and the debt this nation owes its veterans. Their leadership is paramount to the expansion of Veterans Treatment Courts and we are honored that they have chosen to make keynote addresses at the first-ever Vet Court Con.”
General Dempsey is currently the highest-ranking military officer in the United States Armed Forces. He is a 1974 graduate of the United States Military Academy and served in assignments ranging from Platoon Leader to Combatant Commander. In June of 2003, General Dempsey took command of the 1st Armored Division in Baghdad, Iraq. After 14 months in Iraq, he redeployed the division to Germany and completed his command tour in July of 2005. He then returned to Iraq for two years in August of 2005 to train and equip the Iraqi Security Forces as Commanding General of MNSTC-I. From August 2007 through October 2008, General Dempsey served as the Deputy Commander and then Acting Commander of U.S. Central Command. Before becoming Chief of Staff of the Army, he commanded US Army Training and Doctrine Command from December 2008-March 2011.
Retired U.S. Army General Eric K. Shinseki was nominated by President Obama to serve as Secretary of Veterans Affairs on December 7, 2008 and was sworn in as the seventh Secretary of Veterans Affairs on January 21, 2009. Following the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, he led the Army during Operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom and integrated the pursuit of the Global War on Terrorism with Army Transformation, successfully enabling the Army to continue to transform while at war. Secretary Shinseki served two tours of duty in Vietnam and was injured in action twice.