Congressional Briefing: Communities on the Front Lines

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Photo Credit: Leo Shane III, Military Times

Photo by Leo Shane III, Military Times

On Wednesday, October 1, the Bristol-Myers Squibb Foundation hosted a Congressional Briefing on “Communities on the Front Lines: Innovative Models for Addressing Veterans’ Mental Health and Reintegration Needs” at the Hart Senate Office Building. The Briefing was attended by fifty or so legislative staffers and others.

BMS is funding a study of the impact of our work and our partner’s, Connecticut Veterans Legal Center, on veterans. On behalf of LegalHealth and our Connecticut partner, I discussed the impact of and need for civil legal services to improve mental health and quality of life outcomes.

Ms. Retkin asked Congress to authorize and appropriate the VA to fund legal services provided through the medical-legal partnership model.

Phillip Carter, from Center for a New American Security, moderated the panel which also included Rachel Latta, PhD, Director of the Safing Center at the Bedford Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Massachusetts, Richard Gengler, Founder and CEO of Prevail Health Solutions, and Bob Goodale, Director of UNC Chapel Hill’s Citizen Soldier Support Program.

Click here to download a PDF of our statement.