“White Oak” is the informal name used to denote a series of conferences originally titled “America Joins Forces for Military Families” and initially held at the White Oak plantation in Jacksonville, FL in 2010 and 2012. White Oak retreats encourage creative thinking, collaboration and relationship-building across sectors in support of military members, veterans, their families, caregivers and survivors among the major non-profit military service organizations, related government offices, and other key philanthropic partners and contributors to this cause. Participants at White Oak do not constitute a concrete organizational membership, but rather emphasize “White Oak” as a process by which positive transformation is made possible through dialogue, collaborative sharing of information and perspective, inspiration of ideas and future commitment to action amongst cooperative but uniquely focused individual participants. The result is a rare blend of national, regional and grassroots efforts working toward the ultimate goal of creating conditions through which various sectors can better serve the interests and needs of military members, transitioning veterans and their families. Learn more on the Blue Star Families webiste.
This is a summary report of the retreat held September 8-10, 2017.