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Fighting Stigma in the Military
NAMI
December 12, 2007

The U.S. federal Resource Center to Address Discrimination & Stigma Associated With Mental Illness (ADS Center) will sponsor a free teleconference training on Reducing Stigma for American Soldiers on Thursday, December 20, 2007 from 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. (ET).

Register online before Tuesday, December 18 at 5:00 p.m.

NAMI recently called on the Army to end stigma and discrimination, protesting the Army?s prosecution of 1st Lt. Elizabeth Whiteside for the ?crime? of mental illness. An Army hearing officer has since recommended against a court-martial, but a final decision is pending. The Army also does not pay for the lodging of family members of soldiers being treated for mental illnesses in Army hospitals, to support recovery, even though it is provided to families of soldiers with physical wounds.

Read NAMI?s letter and please send a Christmas card to the Secretary of the Army, asking for immediate steps to provide education on mental illnesses at all command levels and to stop discrimination against families of soldiers being treated for mental illnesses.

The Honorable Pete Geren
Secretary of the Army
101 Army Pentagon
Washington, DC 20310-0101​
 

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