VBC General Membership Meeting
Speaker Laura Stradley (Director, Monroe County Veteran Service Agency)
Topic- Veteran Benefits
Monroe County Veterans Service Agency
Laura Stradley is an Army veteran who spent eight years on active duty, during which time she was stationed in Korea, Fort Benning, Fort Rucker and Germany. While in Germany, she was deployed to Bosnia in support of Operation Stabilization Force. Just before leaving the service, Laura earned her Master of Science in Business Administration from Baker College.
Since the military, Laura has worked with veterans in a number of capacities, including transition assistance counseling, higher education, and helping veterans at risk for or experiencing homelessness. In July of 2012, Laura became the Director for the Monroe County Veterans Service Agency.
Laura is actively involved with a number of professional organizations. She serves on the Board of Directors for a local non-profit organization called the Veterans Outreach Center. In 2015, she was inducted into the NYS Veterans Hall of Fame and she’s co-authored two books – The Pocket Idiot’s Guide to the ASVAB and The Complete Idiot’s Guide to the ASVAB.* Finally, Laura is a volunteer for the Girl Scouts of Western NY and has been a troop leader for four years.
*ASVAB stands for Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery, which is essentially the military’s entrance exam. It is also used as a high school career exploration tool.