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KEY ISSUE 6

Initiate a statewide public awareness campaign to address stigma utilizing a multi-pronged community approach.

Recommendation A: Coordinate community efforts with governmental, public, and private services that provide services to veterans and their families.

Strategies:

  • 1.

    Identify existing programs providing services to returning veterans and their families.

  • 2.

    Create networking opportunities to facilitate information exchange between and among all government,

public and private sectors.

3.

Develop website containing information identifying services, programs, etc.

Recommendation B: Develop community outreach, support and educational programs for veterans, families, parents and grandparents that address issues of privacy and confidentiality.

Strategies:

  • 1.

    Implement a statewide educational program for veterans, families, parents and grandparents and other key stakeholders that address issues of privacy and confidentiality.

  • 2.

    Implement a statewide outreach and educational campaign to help assist all stakeholders better understand the issues that veterans and their family members face, dispel the myths and stigmas surrounding getting help, learn about local providers that can provide relevant assistance, and connect those in need with immediate support from others who have been through, or are going through, the stress of deployment and the post-war transition from military to civilian life.

  • 3.

    Encourage spokespersons/leaders/family members among the National Guard, the Vet Center, Veterans Organizations, local health care, businesses, etc. to speak at school events, to local community organizations and other public forums to increase awareness.

  • 4.

    Develop culturally appropriate media campaigns that are tailored to respond to local needs and challenge social norms.

Recommendation C: Convene meetings and provide education to military personnel at all levels designed to enhance understanding of the issues that veterans and their family members experience.

Strategies:

1. Develop and deliver educational seminars to all key personnel of the active, reserve and guard units addressing: the psychological, physical, emotional, spiritual, etc. issues veterans and their families may experience; appropriate treatment options; privacy and confidentiality regulations; and supportive services available in the community.

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