MOAA and the National Defense Industrial Association (NDIA) cohosted the Warrior-Family Symposium Sept. 12 at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center in Washington, D.C. This year’s program, “Mental Health: Linking Warriors and Their Families, Government, and Society,” takes a broad look at mental health and the challenges facing wounded warriors and their family members in a post-war environment.
Panelists and key speakers discussed the scope of mental health among military families; the mental health implications on individuals, government, and society; and innovative solutions taking place in the mental health field — culminating in a call to action for individuals and organizations to effect change outside of the forum to help warriors and their families today and tomorrow. Emerging themes focused on erasing the stigma associated with mental health issues, peer support as a way to encourage seeking treatment and during the treatment process, innovations in the mental health field, and integration between the mind and body, the public and private sectors, and DoD, the VA, and the Department of Health and Human Services.
A transcript and extensive video footage can be found here. http://www.moaa.org/wfs2013/#v1