Chairman of the Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs and Secretary of Veterans Affairs to Speak at Warrior-Family Symposium

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Sen. Johnny Isakson of Georgia, chairman of the Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs, will join Robert A. McDonald, secretary of Veterans Affairs, as distinguished speakers at the 2015 Warrior-Family Symposium (WFS) Wednesday, Sept. 9, in Washington. The event, “Our Nation’s Military: Caring for Our Own,” is cosponsored by the Military Officers Association of America (MOAA) and the Wounded Warrior Project and examines the nation’s collective responsibility and commitment to improve the mental wellness of service members and veterans and their families.

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Sen. Johnny Isakson of Georgia, chairman of the Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs, will join Robert A. McDonald, secretary of Veterans Affairs, as distinguished speakers at the 2015 Warrior-Family Symposium (WFS) Wednesday, Sept. 9, in Washington. The event, “Our Nation’s Military: Caring for Our Own,” is cosponsored by the Military Officers Association of America (MOAA) and the Wounded Warrior Project and examines the nation’s collective responsibility and commitment to improve the mental wellness of service members and veterans and their families.

The WFS will be held at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center from 8:30 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. (registration opens at 7:30 a.m.). Isakson will speak at 8:50 a.m., and McDonald will deliver the closing remarks at 2:30 p.m.

Morning and afternoon panel discussions will focus on two key questions surrounding the issue of warrior-family mental wellness:

  •     How has the government moved the needle forward in improving the well-being and care of the nation’s service members and veterans and their families and caregivers?
  •     As a nation, how and what do we need to do to further deliver quality mental health care for warrior-family needs within the next five years?

Following each panel, industry experts will join audience members for an interactive, in-depth dialogue. Panelists and speaker biographies can be viewed at http://bit.ly/1OoriaF.

The master of ceremonies is Brian Delate, TV, film and Broadway actor; award-winning screenwriter; filmmaker (“Soldier’s Heart”); Vietnam veteran; and playwright (“Memorial Day”).

The morning and afternoon panels are

  •     Connecting for Prevention: Impacting Mental Wellness (moderated by Patrick J. Murphy, partner, Fox Rothschild; anchor, MSNBC show “Taking the Hill”; and former U.S. representative and U.S. Army veteran) and
  •     Transitioning Nation: Our Response on Mental Wellness (moderated by Tracie Potts, national affiliate correspondent, NBC News/NBC News Channel).

To register and view the complete event agenda with a full panel and speaker list, please visit http://www.moaa.org/wfs2015. Registration is free and includes lunch.

Who Should Attend: members of the administration, congressional staff, DoD representatives, military service departments, VA employees, Department of Labor employees, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration employees, and other governmental and nongovernmental leaders and staff members, clinicians (including but not limited to psychologists, physicians, nurses, social workers and counselors), researchers, industry professionals, academics, community leaders, caregivers, service members and veterans and their families and other interested organizations and individuals.

Thank you to our corporate sponsors:

  •     Executive Sponsor: USAA
  •     Platinum Sponsor: UnitedHealth Group
  •     Gold Sponsor: Lockheed Martin and Northrop Grumman
  •     Lunch Sponsor: Fisher House Foundation
  •     Silver Sponsor: Delta Dental, US Family Health Plan
  •     Continental Breakfast Sponsor: American Physical Therapy Association
  •     Bronze Sponsor: Zeiders Enterprises
  •     Refreshment Sponsor: NAVSO
  •     Media Sponsor: Military.com

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MEDIA NOTE: All media attendees interested in covering the event can register by emailing pr(at)moaa.org; include your name, outlet, email and phone number. There will be a media check-in at the event.

Speakers, panelists and MOAA staff will be available for interviews.

Follow the discussion on Twitter with #WFS2015.

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:
MOAA website: http://www.moaa.org
MOAA Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/moaa
MOAA Twitter: twitter.com/MilitaryOfficer
Voices: http://www.voicesfortroops.org/

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