WASHINGTON (June 15, 2017) — The three associations that give National Guardsmen and Reservists a voice on Capitol Hill will host a special seminar Tuesday on mental-health care in the reserve components at the National Guard Memorial, the headquarters of the National Guard Association of the United States.
NGAUS, the Reserve Officers Association and the Enlisted Association of the National Guard of the United States are conducting the event to stimulate discussion of the challenges Guardsmen and Reservists often face when seeking care for the “invisible wounds of war.”
The seminar runs from 8:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. Tuesday at One Massachusetts Ave. NW, which is one block from Union Station.
“Guardsmen and Reservists lack the built-in support system of the active components,” said retired Brig. Gen. Roy Robinson, the NGAUS president. “They often live in small towns or rural areas where awareness and care for military mental-health issues are in short supply. And, of course, there is also the stigma of seeking help.
“Our goal for this seminar is to drive the conversation in the direction of possible solutions.”
Scheduled speakers include:
- Sen. Jon Tester, D-Mont., the ranking member of the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee;
- Rep. Mike Coffman, R-Colo., the chairman of the House Armed Services Committee’s military personnel subcommittee;
- Dr. Wayne Chappelle and Col. James McEachen, members of the Air Force aeromedical psychology team;
- Capt. Matt Kleiman, the director of psychological health at the National Guard Bureau;
- and combat veterans who have sought treatment for mental-health issues, like post-traumatic stress.