In collaboration with the Veterans History Project, the National Institute of Corrections will host a panel discussion in anticipation of PTSD Awareness month on May 15, 2019 at the Library of Congress. The panel discussion will bring awareness to post-traumatic stress disorder for veterans who may be struggling to deal with their experiences from the military, particularly those who have been deployed to a combat zone.
It will illuminate law enforcement programs at several locations across the country, from small towns to large cities, and highlight how each jurisdiction went about creating and implementing teams or programs to improve practices meant to serve veterans who are in crisis. Law enforcement officers, and Veteran Justice Outreach specialists from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), and community-based agency representatives collaborate to implement approaches to calm down veterans in crisis in our communities. These programs are improving public safety. They are creating opportunities for veterans struggling to re-acclimate to civilian life. These traumatized men—and increasingly women—receive the help they need to address mental health issues, such as post-traumatic stress disorder or traumatic brain injury, related to their military experiences. This is a far better resolution than becoming incarcerated or otherwise involved in the criminal justice system.
The panel will include key representatives from several jurisdictions, to share their stories and experiences working with veterans in crisis in their communities and how their innovative efforts are making a difference.
NOTE: This event will be livestreamed on Facebook and YouTube. However, the link will not be created until the day of the event. If you cannot attend in person, please check the library’s website under events for the link.
Library of Congress: https://www.loc.gov/