According to the Veterans Administration, an average of 22 military veterans have taken their own lives every day since January of this year. Countless more are struggling with PTSD and other challanges stemming from military service and countless deployments, compounded by difficulties re-integrating into civillian life. Here in Western Washington, a number of organizations, including Sound Mental Health, are working to help veterans push past the stigma surrounding their mental health issues, to find the help and hope they need to regain control of their lives.
Seri Madgett, a clinician at Sound Mental Health joined Margaret to talk about a special program called Veterans Employment Support Team, or VEST, program, along with Ariana Williams and Ramon Barrientes, two military veterans who used the program to regain control of their lives.
Ariana will be one of the featured speakers at Sound Mental Health's annnual gala tonight (Thursday, May 15th) at the Sheraton Seattle Hotel. Tonight's event is dedicated to veteran mental health issues. Former US Congressman Patrick Kennedy will deliver the keynote address. Kennedy has spoken publically about his own struggles and has been a longtime advocate on behalf of mental health and addiction recovery issues. Margaret will emcee the event.
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