GEN. GEORGE CASEY TO VISIT BOSTON FOR GALA BENEFITING AREA VETERANS
Appearance supports innovative mental health services for vets, active duty service personnel and their families at facilities including: New England Center for Homeless Veterans, Bedford VA, Chelsea Soldiers Home, Haverhill CBOC, Jamaica Plain VA
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MAY 15th GALA in BOSTON WILL BENEFIT OUR VETERANS
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“Serving Those Who Serve Us” Gala Hosted By Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology
The Serving Those Who Serve Us benefit gala, hosted by the Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology, will be highlighted by an appearance by Gen. George Casey, Jr. the former Commander of the Multi-National Forces in Iraq and the 36th U.S. Army Chief of Staff. Individual tickets are available at $200 and tables can be reserved for $1750 by calling 617-327-6777 ex 1231 or going to www.mspp.edu/gala .
May 15th, cocktails and silent auction begins at 6:00 p.m. Dinner and program starts at 7:00 p.m. at the Seaport Hotel, Seaport Boulevard, Boston. Self-parking is available at the Seaport Boston Parking Garage located on Seaport Boulevard. Valet parking is also available at the main entrance of the Seaport Hotel.
MORE ON MSPP MILITARY and VETERANS PSYCHOLOGY PROGRAM: “Train Vets to Treat Vets” is the unique educational model from the Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology (MSPP). MSPP recruits veterans to become students enrolled in their Military and Veterans Psychology Program—in order to instruct them to meet the mental health needs of their fellow service men and women. Now in its 2nd academic year, Train Vets to Treat Vets' students are actively providing thousands of free hours of skilled care to their peers in Boston-area VA Hospitals and other Veteran-related settings.
Train Vets to Treat Vets brings real world benefits of peer-to-peer counseling to meet the increasingly dire needs of vets and active duty service personnel, and their families for accessible, culturally competent mental health care.
While spending by the U.S. on national defense approximates 20% of our national budget, programs for veterans continually face critical shortages. The ratio of mental health professionals in the Veterans Administration is 1 professional to 734 troops. This reality occurs concurrently with the greater sacrifices being asked of this generation of military personnel and their families.
Many have served multiple deployments, most all have spent their days in harms way and an unprecedented number return home with insomnia, post-traumatic stress, depress, anxiety and thoughts of suicide. On average 18 veterans commit suicide each day. Over a third of the homeless in the U.S. are veterans. Likewise, the children and partners of our military have made sacrifices on our behalf that must be addressed.
MORE ON MSPP GALA: At the May 15th Gala General Casey will assist in honoring Brigadier General Rhonda Cornum, MD, PhD, with the MSPP Mental Health Humanitarian Award. Dr. Cornum was US Army Brigadier General in charge of the Comprehensive Soldier Fitness Program developing the physical, emotional, social, family and spiritual dimensions of soldiers and their families. During the Gulf War, while a flight surgeon aboard a helicopter in search of a downed pilot, Dr. Cornums was shot down, injured, wounded and taken as a prisoner of war. Dr. Cornum is an inspirational hero, researcher, mental health advocate and author.
Also being honored will be Jaine Darwin, PsyD, former president of the APA's Division of Psychoanalysis, who, with her colleagues, created the Strategic Outreach to Families of All Reservists (SOFAR) program, which offers pro bono psychological consultation and support to family members of deployed military personnel and those transitioning home. And Alan Dodge Beck, PhD, who was the Dean of MSPP's Clinical Psychology Department for 33 years, Dr. Beck will be retiring from the MSPP faculty this June.
MSPP, a graduate college of psychology founded in 1974, is committed to training mental health professionals to meet the needs of underserved populations.