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On May 26th at 1PM EST the Department of Veterans Affairs and our community partners, to include State VA, Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS), American Red Cross Military Veteran Caregiver Network, Blue Star Families, and Elizabeth Dole Foundation will be here to answer questions about survivor resources, benefits, caregiver support, memorial affairs, and mental wellness. Ask your questions now!

You can ask questions to the following people:
» Coleton Whitaker - Senior Director of Programs, Elizabeth Dole Foundation
» Leigh Edmonds - Sr. Manager of Communications, TAPS
» Melissa Comeau - Director, Military and Veteran Caregiver Network
» Jay Gorman - Psychologist, VA
» COL Les' Melnyk - Chief, Public Affairs and Outreach, National Cemetery Administration
» Sgt Ed McEvoy - National Outreach Specialist, Vet Center, VA
» RDML Ann Duff - Director of the Office of Survivors Assistance, VA
» LTC Hugo Lentze - Chief Strategic Partnerships Officer, Travis Manion Foundation
» Leah Christensen - Clinical Program Coordinator, VA Caregiver Support Program
» Mary Beard - National Employment Coordinator, VBA
» Geri Maples - Chapter Coordinator, Blue Star Families

Veterans Crisis Line:
The Veterans Crisis Line connects Veterans and Service members in crisis and their families and friends with qualified, caring VA responders through a confidential toll-free hotline, online chat, or text.

· Call [login to see] and Press 1, 24/7.
· Chat online (https://www.veteranscrisisline.net/get-help-now/chat)
· Text to 838255.

Get Help - Mental Health (https://www.mentalhealth.va.gov/mentalhealth/get-help/index.asp)

Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS):
The Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS) is the leading national organization providing compassionate care and survivor support services for the families of America’s fallen military heroes. Since 1994, TAPS has offered support to all those grieving the death of a military loved one through peer-based emotional support, connections with grief and trauma resources, grief seminars and retreats for adults, Good Grief Camps for children, casework assistance, connections to community-based care, online and in-person support groups and the 24/7 National Military Survivor Helpline, all at no cost to surviving families. For more information, please visit TAPS.org or call 202.588.TAPS (8277).
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Thanks for sharing.
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Melissa Comeau
Melissa Comeau
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Thank you for being with us today.
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Thanks for the notice.
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Melissa Comeau
Melissa Comeau
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Thank you for being with us.
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Sgt Ed McEvoy
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Hello, my name is Ed from VA’s Vet Centers. Vet Centers offer community based counseling services, community engagement, and referral services to eligible Veterans, active duty service members and their families (when it is found to aid in the readjustment or transition of the Veteran or service member).

I am happy to answer your questions and help put you in touch with your local Vet Center if interested.

You can reach us 24/7 by calling the Vet Center Call Center at [login to see] or find us online at http://www.vetcenter.va.gov.
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Melissa Comeau
Melissa Comeau
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Thank you Sgt Ed McEvoy We love our Vet Centers! Thank you for including families, caregivers and survivors.
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Sgt Ed McEvoy
Sgt Ed McEvoy
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Thank you Melissa Comeau ! We are honored to be there for our hero's and their families. We value our relationship, and the amazing work done by the Red Cross.

Semper Fi!
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