About the Author

Joanne Steen, MS, NCC

Joanne Steen, military resilienceMilitary Parents: We Regret To Inform You was written with an insider’s understanding of the military. Joanne Steen, military survivor, counselor, author and instructor on military loss, blended more than twenty years of experience with the best research on traumatic grief, topping it off with the wisdom of countless parents who have cradled a folded American flag at their child’s graveside.

Joanne is a recognized resource in grief and loss, with a specialty in military and line-of-duty losses. A skilled instructor and speaker, Joanne’s audience outreach totals more than 10,000. With twenty years in the grief and loss field, she has worked with more than forty diverse organizations in the corporate, government and non-profit sectors.

With Regina Asaro, Joanne coauthored Military Widow: A Survival Guide (Naval Institute Press, 2006), earning them the Distinguished Authors of the Year award from the U.S. Naval Institute. Old Dominion University named her an Alumni Fellow for her contributions to the counseling field in military loss. Joanne is also a contributing author to other books on military loss.

Prior to the loss of her first husband in the line of duty, Joanne was a senior instructor with the Department of the Navy, spending time in the classroom with leaders of the US Navy, the US Marine Corps and NATO allies. In her first career, she spent ten years in engineering with Johnson & Johnson and General Motors.

Joanne holds a BS in engineering from Rutgers University and an MSEd in counseling from Old Dominion University. Joanne and her husband Tom live in Virginia with a couple of rescued dogs and cats.