Veteran Mental Health Discussed at Conference
One of the highlights of the Mental Health America Centennial Conference earlier this month in Washington, DC, was a panel discussion: Addressing the Mental Health Needs of America's Veterans.
The panelists were:
• Mark Benjamin, investigative reporter, Salon.com, Washington Bureau;
• Rick Weidman, Executive Director for Policy and Government Affairs, Vietnam Veterans of America;
• Brigadier General Loree Sutton, M.D., special assistant to the ASD/Health Affairs Director, Defense Center of Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury; and
• Matt Kuntz, executive director, NAMI Montana and honored guest on President Obama’s “Whistle Stop Tour.”
Parts of the discussion were so passionate and heart wrenching that many of us were moved to tears.
This video is the best I could do from the audience, and it will at the very least give you an idea of what the needs are and the passion of those who are endeavoring to meet those needs.
The mental health and wellness needs of US soldiers, both active duty and veterans, is an issue we take very seriously at HealthCentral. I'll be writing more about this important issue.