This Veteran's Day

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NAMI Wisconsin would like to honor all past and present war veterans in observance of Veteran’s Day, November 11, 2013. Veteran’s Day is a lasting memorial to the spirit and humanity of the brave men and women who have sacrificed their lives for their country and to celebrate the service of all of our nation’s veterans and soldiers stationed around the world. For too many of our veterans, the scars, disabling injuries and dangerous illnesses work to keep the memories of war fresh in their minds. Veterans deserve the promise from our nation that what they did, at a high personal cost, allows us to enjoy our freedoms and a brighter future.

NAMI places highest priority on meeting the treatment and community support needs of individuals with severe mental illness that have done so much to protect our freedom. According to Lt. Col. Christopher Ivany, the Army’s chief of behavioral health, military physicians have learned better ways of treating sick service members through outpatient care. Enhanced efforts to screen soldiers for mental health problems and provide more accessible therapy sessions may have led to the record numbers in treatment in the military. But more needs to be done.

Respect your loved ones this Veteran’s Day. Mental Health America of Wisconsin has partnered with many other organizations in Dane County to host the Wisconsin Warrior Summit, November 13 & 14, 2013, at the Bishop O’Connor Center, 702 S High Point Rd, Madison, WI. The Warrior Summit targets veterans, family members of veterans, clinicians and all human rights advocates or social services. Keynote sessions include Understanding Deployment and Homecoming: What Civilians May Not Know & What Veterans May Not Say, by John Mundt, PhD, and Military Sexual Trama, by Nicole McCoy. Animal Therapy session will take place Wednesday evening, along with a vet panel that will discuss the arts and healing. Take the next step towards getting our noble veterans the treatment they deserve. Register

today. mhawisconsin.org/warriorsummit2013.aspx