Give an Hour Hosts Series of Events to Raise Awareness about Troops’ Mental Health

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A Celebration of Service will include an official signing ceremony with the Army National Guard, a community service project, a benefit concert, and a day-long conference for students in mental health disciplines.

Give an Hour™ (http://www.giveanhour.org), a national nonprofit organization providing mental health services at no cost to members of the military, veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan, their loved ones, and their communities, is hosting a series of events in New York, June 1-3, under the banner “A Celebration of Service” to raise awareness about troops’ mental health. The schedule of events is as follows:

Screening of “Hell & Back Again” and Panel Discussion
Saturday, June 1, 2013
Doors Open at 6:30 P.M.; Screening at 7:00 P.M.
In partnership with Working Films, Give an Hour will screen this award-winning documentary, which explores what it means to lead troops in war and what it means to come home—injured physically and psychologically—and build life anew. The couple at the center of the film, Ashley and Sgt. Nathan Harris, will participate in a panel Q&A after the screening.
Downtown Community Television Center
87 Lafeyette Street
New York, NY 10013

MOU Signing Ceremony and Breakfast with the Army National Guard
Sunday, June 2, 2013
8:00 A.M. – 10:00 A.M.
The Westin New York at Times Square
270 West 43d Street
New York, NY 10036
As Give an Hour and the Army National Guard launch an association for the shared goal of expanding mental health services to military personnel and their families, remarks will be made by Lieutenant General William E. Ingram Jr., Director of the Army National Guard, and Lieutenant General Patricia D. Horoho, Surgeon General and Commanding General of the United States Army Medical Command. The event will also feature a performance by Darby Ledbetter and a special message from the White House.

A Celebration of Service Community Project
Sunday, June 2, 2013
Noon – 4:00 P.M.
P.S. 197 John B Russwurm School
2230 5th Avenue
New York, NY 10037
Community and military leaders, conference attendees, and students will roll up their sleeves and work side-by-side with veterans on building and landscaping tasks at the school.

A Celebration of Service VIP Reception and Benefit Concert
Sunday, June 2, 2013
6:00 P.M. – 11:00 P.M.
B.B. King Blues Club & Grill
237 West 42d Street
New York, NY 10036
Located between 7th & 8th Avenues
An evening of music, healing, and awareness will showcase Little Big Band featuring Mark Rivera, longtime member of The Billy Joel Band and Ringo Starr's music director; American Idol winner Kris Allen; singer, actress, and social activist Gloria Reuben; country music star Danielle Peck; up-and-coming indie rock band The Secret State, which counts three veterans among its band members; and alternative funk rock musician The 9th.

Training the Next Generation Conference and Reception
Monday, June 3, 2013
9:00 A.M. – 5:00 P.M.
New York-Presbyterian/Columbia University Medical Center
Vivian and Seymour Milstein Family Heart Center
Myrna L. Daniels Auditorium
Conference Center, First Floor
173 Fort Washington Avenue
New York, NY 10032
Mental health and military professionals will help Give an Hour educate students on the unique issues of veterans and military families. The conference will be live streamed to college campuses around the country and conclude with a performance by Theater of War and a post-conference reception. For the full conference schedule, visit http://connected.giveanhour.org/show/a-celebration-of-service/wiki/Conference+and+Post-Conference+Reception.

More detailed information on each event may be found here: http://connected.giveanhour.org/celebration_of_Service.shtml.

“These events are part of our commitment to Got Your 6 (a national public awareness effort led by the entertainment industry and top-tier national nonprofits) and to the Clinton Global Initiative to educate 100,000 students in mental health disciplines about the issues affecting military families. We are honored to bring together colleagues from the military, government, corporate, educational, and nonprofit worlds to focus on service and train the next generation of mental health professionals while encouraging voluntarism, engaging communities, and creating awareness of the need for critical mental health services,” notes Barbara Van Dahlen, founder and president of Give an Hour. “We are excited to celebrate our good work and the work of those who serve, in uniform and out.”

Concert tickets range from $25-$300 and may be purchased through Ticketmaster at: http://www.ticketmaster.com/event/00004AA2DC18F73F?brand=bbkingblues&camefrom=cfc_bbking_website

About Give an Hour™
Give an Hour is a nonprofit 501(c)(3), founded in September 2005 by Dr. Barbara Van Dahlen, a psychologist in the Washington, D.C., area. The organization is dedicated to meeting the mental health needs of military personnel, their families, and the communities affected by the ongoing conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan. Currently, Give an Hour has nearly 7,000 providers across the nation—in all 50 states, D.C., Puerto Rico, and Guam—with more volunteer mental health professionals joining its network every day. In addition to counseling, providers also consult to schools, first responders, employers, and community organizations. Give an Hour has already provided over 87,000 hours of no-cost service, valued at more than $8.7 million. To learn more, visit http://www.giveanhour.org or connected.giveanhour.org.

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