Julie Cherry, a native Baton Rougean, was elected Secretary-Treasurer of the Louisiana AFL-CIO in March of 2006. Prior to her employment at the AFL-CIO, she was a teacher in the East Baton Rouge Parish School System, and president of the East Baton Rouge Federation of Teachers.
She holds a degree in Music Education from Louisiana State University, and is certified to teach music and mathematics. While employed in the school system, she was active in teacher quality issues, serving as a mentor for new teachers, and becoming a mentor trainer for the school system, as well as participating in several Louisiana Systemic Initiatives projects designed to improve the teaching and learning of mathematics and science.
She monitors healthcare issues for the AFL-CIO, and is on the Louisiana Healthcare Commission.
What are the programs and initiatives helping our veterans successfully transition to civilian life?
Since 2001, 2.6 million service men and women have been deployed to support operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. Twenty-six percent of Louisiana’s veterans fought in these conflicts. The needs for these veterans are plentiful including securing employment and housing, and dealing with the mental rigors of transitioning from military back to civilian life.
Louisiana Public Square explores the unique programs and initiatives that are helping our state’s younger veterans successfully overcome these challenges on “Louisiana Veterans Back Home” Wednesday, October 24 at 7 p.m. on LPB and in New Orleans on WLAE. (Recording Thursday, October 18.)
Veterans Coming Home is a collaborative, multi-platform public media project between Wisconsin Public Television and Kindling Group in partnership with local stations and other national organizations. Veterans Coming Home is made possible with support from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.