Tuesday, Oct. 26

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General Session II-i

Leo K. Thorsness Leadership Award Presentation

3:00pm ET

America's Warrior Partnership is honored to announce Gary Sinise as the recipient of the 2021 Leo K. Thorsness Leadership Award. This award honors and recognizes individuals who demonstrate exceptional leadership qualities and outstanding service to veteran communities. It is named after the late Col. Leo K. Thorsness, a Medal of Honor recipient, one of the most highly decorated American airmen of the Vietnam War, and a founding board member of AWP. Gary and the Gary Sinise Foundation continue to lead by example in their incredible service to our nation's veterans and their families.

General Session II-II

Fireside Chat with Jon Scott & Gary Sinise

3:10pm ET

General Session III

Panel: Investigating an Upstream Approach to Suicide Prevention

4:10pm ET

Introduced by Catharine Grimes, Director of Corporate Philanthropy, Bristol-Myers Squibb Foundation; Moderated by Jim Lorraine, President & CEO, America's Warrior Partnership


  • Bonnie Carroll, President and Founder, Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS)
  • James Hartsell, Executive Director, Florida Department of Veterans Affairs
  • Deb Stone ScD, MSW, MPH, Lead Behavioral Scientist, Division of Injury Prevention, National Center for Injury Prevention and Control
General Session IV

Panel: View from the Hill - A Policy Discussion

4:50pm ET

Introduced by Jim Lorraine, President & CEO, America’s Warrior Partnership and Moderated by Darrell Owens, Director of Government Relations, America's Warrior Partnership


  • Lindsay Dearing, Professional Staff Member (PSM), U.S. Senate
  • Faye Fernandes, Counsel, Senate Committee on Veterans Affairs
  • Christine Hill, Republican Health Staff Director, Subcommittee on Health, House Committee on Veterans Affairs
  • Shauna Rust, Professional Staff Member, Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs

Closing Remarks

5:30pm ET

Closing remarks from Darrell Owens, Director of Government Relations at America's Warrior Partnership

America’s Warrior Partnership is committed to empowering communities to empower veterans. We fill the gaps between veteran service organizations by helping nonprofits connect with veterans, their families, and caregivers. Our programs bolster nonprofit efficacy, improving their results, and empowering their initiatives.

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