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Join us on November 12, 2012 at 8PM EST featuring guest panelist Tess Banko, BSW. Tess is a Social Worker, Marine Corps veteran and active-duty spouse currently living in Stafford, Virginia. She has worked actively with student veteran groups in San Diego, and within the larger veterans community in areas such as veterans transition, homelessness, and military sexual trauma.

Tess served as the First Vice Chair of the United Veterans Council from 2010-2011 and was named a 2012 Friend of San Diego Pride for her advocacy work surrounding the repeal of ‘Don’t Ask Don’t Tell’. She is currently completing her master’s degree thesis, “Social Work Students, Self-Care, Compassion Fatigue, and Burnout” at San Diego State University. Tess is interested in PTS/COS, its prevention and treatment; and recently completed Level 1 of Trauma Resiliency training with the Trauma Resource Institute. Tess will be using the twitter handle @tessitheterribl.

After two wars, our military men and women are returning home. Recently, Dr. Jill Biden spoke at the National Association of Social Workers National Hope Conference on aiding our active military personnel and veterans.  Dr. Biden and First Lady, Michelle Obama, has worked on the Wounded Warrior Project to assist our men and women returning home to transition into peace time.  View her speech here:

Our chat turned up some interesting discoveries. Here are a few of the tweets:

View full archive of chat at

Deona Hooper, MSW is the Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Social Work Helper, and she has experience in nonprofit communications, tech development and social media consulting. Deona has a Masters in Social Work with a concentration in Management and Community Practice as well as a Certificate in Nonprofit Management both from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

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