Program on Creating a New Normal

STRONG FOR VETERANS is an all-volunteer non-profit focused on Leadership, Strength, and Community. We support Veterans and their Families by creating a platform that brings different resources together, enabling collaboration to better serve the Veteran community.

Join us for a very special evening of memories, reflection, and insight. Non-profits serving Veterans and their Families will also attend.

Our events are free and all are welcome.


  • Remembering, April 2017 (Portland, OR)
  • Creating a New Normal, 13 October 2017 (Portland, OR)
  • Understanding PTS and Post-Traumatic Growth, Spring 2018 (Portland, OR)
  • Vietnam, Fall 2018 (Portland, OR)

For registration, please join our meetup group.


Date, Time, Place

  • 13 October 2017 – Oregon Historical Society, 1200 SW Park Ave, Portland, OR 97205
  • 6:00 p.m. – Event open: Mingle, meet speakers
  • 7:00 p.m. – Program
  • 9:00 p.m. – Wrap up

Presentation Speakers

  • Command Sergeant Major Brunk W. Conley – Served as the 10th Command Sergeant Major of the Army National Guard. His immediate previous assignment was as State Command Sergeant Major for the Oregon National Guard. He began his military career in December 1981 and he completed One Station Unit Training (OSUT) at Ft. Benning, Georgia in the fall of 1982, where he was awarded the Military Occupational Specialty (MOS) of 11B, Infantryman. He completed Airborne School and was assigned to Company A, 3rd Platoon, 2nd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment, Ft. Lewis, Washington. He held positions as a rifleman, grenadier, automatic rifleman, senior rifleman and team leader. Upon completion of his initial enlistment, Command Sergeant Major Conley joined the Oregon Army National Guard.
  • Dawson Officer – Owner and craft distiller of 4 Spirits Distillery. Dawson served a full tour in Baghdad, Iraq with the 2-162 Infantry Battalion. Dawson dedicated the distillery to the casualties of four combat soldiers he served with in the Oregon National Guard 2 Battalion, 162 Infantry Brigade. Lt. Erik McCrae, Sgt. Justin Linden, Sgt. Justin Eyerly and Sgt. David Roustum lost their lives in 2004 serving in Baghdad, Iraq.
  • Alison Perry, MS, LPC – Licensed Professional Counselor and Founder of Central Oregon Veterans Ranch, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization whose mission is “A working ranch that restores purpose and spirit to veterans of all ages.” In April of 2015 COVR closed on a 19-acre ranch with 12 acres of irrigation where it involves Veteran volunteers in the development of agriculture operations, including permaculture and holistic management. Veterans helped with the remodel of a four bedroom home that provides supportive housing and healing to Veterans who are terminally ill or approaching end of life. The ranch property is used to provide education and service work/volunteer opportunities to Veterans from the broader community, and as a sanctuary where Veterans of all ages can come to find peace.
  • Beach Pace – Chief Executive Officer, Big Brothers Big Sisters. Beach has a passion for leadership and service. She loves the challenge of building teams and collaboratively overcoming obstacles with the goal to make our community stronger. Beach holds a B.S. from the United States Military Academy at West Point and an MPA from Northern Michigan University. She served in the US Army domestically and overseas, the latter as a Bomb Squad Company Commander. Her corporate experience comes from the medical industry in sales and marketing. She has been in the NPO/social change sector for 10 years. She loves spending time with her family especially in the outdoors or watching great soccer.

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