Public Interest GRO and ED GRO Partner Together to Provide a Hill Briefing
In May, PI-GRO worked in collaboration with Education GRO, the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies (ISTSS), and the Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA) to co-sponsor a congressional briefing entitled "Addressing the Mental Health Needs of Service Members, Veterans, and their Families: Innovative Strategies for Prevention, Treatment, and Recovery". This event was hosted in collaboration with Representatives Grace Napolitano (D-CA) and Tim Murphy (R-PA) and the Congressional Mental Health Caucus. Briefing presenters included APA members Bonnie Green, PhD, Georgetown University; William Saltzman, PhD, UCLA/National Child Traumatic Stress Center; Lt. Col. Jay Stone, PhD, Defense Center of Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury; Amy Street, PhD, National Center for PTSD, VA Boston Healthcare System; and Iraq veteran, Tom Tarantino, representing IAVA. Briefing presenters spoke about a variety of important initiatives, including the work of the DoD Center for Deployment Psychology; the VA National Center for PTSD and their efforts focused on women veterans; and the National Child Traumatic Stress Network and their work with families of deployed soldiers.