Retired Army Capt. Ronald “Jake” Clark will join the Society of Skeptics on November 27 to explore reintegrating U.S. combat veterans into society and the importance of his organization, Save A Warrior. His presentation will take place in the Chiang Center for Innovation and Collaboration at 7 p.m.
Having dedicated his whole life in service to others, Capt. Clark has saved hundreds of military personnel, veterans and first responders with his innovative, transformational program which teaches them how to survive the devastating effects of post-traumatic stress disorder.
Capt. Clark is a veteran of the Cold War and served in the California Army National Guard following 9/11. During a lengthy break in military service, he served with the U.S. Secret Service, the Los Angeles Police Department and as a special agent for the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). After the events of 9/11, he reenlisted in the National Guard, completed officer candidate school and served multiple tours in the former Yugoslavia.
While attending Pepperdine University as an MBA candidate, he interrupted his studies to create Save A Warrior. Capt. Clark’s novel program addresses the areas of reintegration and PTSD-related suicide prevention. He is a sought-after public speaker for his experience with the challenges of veteran transition and reintegration, as well as his work with first responders exposed to workplace trauma. His passion for serving those who serve has inspired several films and major news articles. In 2015, he received the WebMD Health Hero Award for his work in veteran advocacy. In 2017, Save A Warrior was declared a winner at the second annual VA BrainTrust: Pathways to Innovation for its innovative approach to ending veteran suicide.
The History of Skeptics
The Society of Skeptics was established as a forum for students and faculty to discuss and debate important global issues; it has grown to become one of the premier high school lecture series in the United States. Each week, speakers from the political, social, scientific, economic and literary arenas share their unique perspectives with students, who are encouraged to engage with presenters, asking questions and debating points of view.
The program was an outgrowth of the Blair International Society, begun in 1937. Forty years later, former history department chair Elliott Trommald, PhD, Hon. ’65, established the modern Skeptics program as a regular forum for student discussion and debate; history teacher Martin Miller, PhD, took over in the mid-1980s and molded the program into a weekly lecture series, one that has since continued without interruption. Under the tutelage of Dr. Miller, Skeptics has featured a wide variety of speakers who are engaging, accomplished in their respective fields and often controversial. For a listing of upcoming Skeptics programs, please click here.