National launch of PTSD/TBI Awareness Flag set
The Veterans’ National Recovery Center for the Homeless and PTSD Distressed Inc. will be nationally launching the Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and Traumatic Brain Injury flag at 12:30 p.m. Thursday at the Iowa State Capitol in Des Moines.
The PTSD and TBI flag is intended to increase awareness of the condition among the support community — lawmakers, families, employers, law enforcement personnel and human services givers — that is necessary for these veterans to live close to normal lives.
The speakers will include author Andrew O’Brien, a PTSD wounded veteran and suicide survivor; Sen. Steve Sodders, a legislative advocate for increased PTSD services in Iowa; retired Vietnam Veterans of America Veterans Service officer Steve Mulcahy, a PTSD wounded veteran; Michelle Uitermarkt, a PTSD wounded veteran; State Sen. Daryl Beall, chairman of the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee; Jewell MacDonald, yoga trainer for holistic PTSD therapy; Peter Lamoureux, meditation for holistic PTSD therapy; Paul Harrison, veterans in prison with PTSD and mental illness; and Bob Krause, president of the Veterans National Recovery Center.
The Veterans National Recovery Center is a group of veterans and friends of veterans who are concerned about the lack of comprehensive treatment services and the lack of national cultural understanding of the needs of the 1 million veterans who are wounded by PTSD and/or TBI.