Elected in July 2005, and sworn into office just three weeks before Hurricane Katrina hit Louisiana and destroyed her home, Julie Quinn nevertheless brought fresh leadership and dedication to the Louisiana State Senate. In her first General Session, Senator Quinn passed a key Constitutional Amendment, approved by the voters of this state, to protect local school districts and its children from costly unfunded mandates from the legislature, and founded the Legislature’s first Children’s Caucus. As a freshmen Senator, she was named Senator of the Year by the Childcare Association of Louisiana. She is the current Chair of the Judiciary Committee A.
A graduate of Loyola Law School, Senator Quinn has over the years, volunteered her time as a Court Appointed Special Advocate representing abused children in custody proceedings. She has served on the Jefferson Parish School Board where she was instrumental in implementing a school drug testing program that is now serving as a national model. Senator Quinn also currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Methodist Home for abused and neglected children. Senator Quinn has two children, Spencer Quinn (7) and Ashton Quinn (5).
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.