Registration is Open for the 2013 Warrior-Family Symposium Hosted by Military Officers Association of America and National Defense Industrial Association

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The 2013 Warrior-Family Symposium (WFS) will focus on the theme “Mental Health Linking Warriors and their Families, Government, and Society,” and is scheduled for Thursday, Sept. 12, from 7:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center in Washington, D.C.

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Military Officers Association of America (MOAA) and the National Defense Industrial Association (NDIA) have opened registration for the 2013 Warrior-Family Symposium (WFS) scheduled for Thursday, Sept. 12, from 7:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center in Washington, D.C.

This year's WFS will focus on the theme “Mental Health Linking Warriors and their Families, Government, and Society.” This event promises to offer a unique and valuable opportunity to hear directly from the nation's wounded warriors and their families.

Event cosponsors, MOAA and NDIA, will continue the efforts of governmental and nongovernmental organizations by providing a public forum for exploring opportunities to collectively improve the physical, psychological, and overall well-being of those who are wounded, ill, and injured and their families.

The program takes a broad look at mental health and the challenges facing the nation’s warriors and their family members across the generations, government, and society today and in the years ahead, particularly in a post-war environment. The forum will delve into three discussions on the significance of psychological-cognitive injuries, including the impact on individuals, health care systems, and communities:

  •     What is the scope of mental health among our military members and veterans and their families?
  •     What are the mental health implications to individuals, government, and society?
  •     What are some of the innovative solutions taking place in the mental health care field — ways individuals and organizations can effect change outside of the forum to help warrior-families today and tomorrow?

Unlike previous military operations, 2.6 million troops have deployed during the 12 years in Iraq and Afghanistan, placing unprecedented demands and stressors on warriors and their families. Most troops come home relatively unchanged and perhaps more resilient; others will be forever changed by their traumatic and life-altering experiences that can transpire for generations.

DoD and the VA continue to work hard to improve their systems of care and benefits. Yet, they, like many of their government and civilian partners, struggle to find practical solutions to meet the rapidly growing demand for mental-behavioral and cognitive programs and services, particularly in light of the rising rates of PTSD, depression, traumatic brain injuries, homelessness, alcohol and substance use, and suicides within the military and veteran populations.

Who Should Attend:
Administration; congressional representatives and staff; leaders and staff from DoD, the VA, the Department of Labor, the Department of Health and Human Services, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, and the Centers for Disease Control; military service, governmental, and nongovernmental leaders and staff; medical and nonmedical professionals; academia; community leaders; servicemembers and veterans and their families and caregivers; and other interested organizations and individuals.

Registration for this year's WFS is open. For more information and to register, visit

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About MOAA:
Military Officers Association of America (MOAA) is the nation’s largest officers association with more than 380,000 members from every branch of service, including active duty, retired, National Guard, Reserve, and former officers and their families and survivors. MOAA is a nonprofit and politically nonpartisan organization and an influential force in promoting a strong national defense. MOAA represents the interests of service members and their families in every stage of their lives and careers, and for those who are not eligible to join MOAA, Voices for America’s Troops is a nonprofit MOAA affiliate that supports a strong national defense. For more information, visit or

About NDIA:
The National Defense Industrial Association (NDIA) is America’s leading Defense Industry association promoting national security. NDIA provides a legal and ethical forum for the exchange of information between Industry and Government on National Security issues. NDIA members foster the development of the most innovative and superior equipment, training and support for warfighters and first responders through our divisions, local chapters, affiliated associations and events.


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