Alabama veterans organization fighting for mental health

Alabama veterans organization fighting for mental health

FORT BENNING, GA (WTVM) - The Central Alabama Veterans Health Care System is bringing its mental health summit to the Chattahoochee Valley to help veterans transition back to civilian life.

This is the first year the Alabama Veterans Health Care System is bringing the summit to Columbus.

This year's theme is Building Strengths, highlighting making successful transitions for service members and their families.

Today, they are bringing educational information on mental health services and health care needs that may affect veterans before, during or after deployment.

There will be breakout sessions touching on certain topics, like traumatic brain injuries, substance abuse, PTSD and more.

They say it is very important to include and help educate the veterans' families and their caregivers.

"Mental health awareness is very important and many of our veterans, unfortunately, suffer from this," says Kim Betton, VA Chief of Public Affairs and Community Relations. "But, the good thing is treatment can make a difference, treatment can save a life, education can save a life. Coming together like what we are doing today can save a life. So, we are educating the community, we invite the veterans and the public to come over to this event to learn about best practices and what we are doing."

This is a free all-day event from 8:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. inside of the National Infantry Museum.

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