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Service Members, Veterans, and their Families Advisory Group

Formed in 2020, this advisory group provides strategic direction in order to systematically integrate service members, veterans, and their family members’ perspectives across the Action Alliance’s portfolio of work. The advisory group:

  • Provides subject matter expertise
  • Serves as a collective voice to on behalf of the Action Alliance on matters related to service member and veteran suicide prevention
  • Provides consultation to internal audiences on integrating service member and veteran perspectives into Action Alliance strategies
  • Keeps the Action Alliance updated on new and emerging efforts and opportunities in fields related to service member and veteran suicide prevention
  • Identifies opportunities to amplify and coordinate existing efforts in the field

Co-Leads

  • Matt Miller, PhD, Director for Suicide Prevention, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (Public Sector)
  • Kim Ruocco, MSW, Vice President of Suicide Prevention and Postvention, Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (Private Sector)

Members

  • Cicely Burrows-McElwain, MSW, Military & Veterans Affairs Liaison, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
  • Melissa Comeau, MS Director of Military and Veteran Caregiver Network, Service to Armed Forces, American Red Cross
  • Jack Hammond, Brigadier General USA (Ret.), Executive Director, Home Base
  • Kacie Kelly, MS, Deputy Director, Military Service Initiative, George W. Bush Presidential Center
  • Karin Orvis, PhD, Director, Department of Suicide Prevention Office, U.S. Department of Defense - DoD Liaison
  • Kari Stoever, EML, Chief External Relations Officer, Lieber Institute for Brain Development
  • Robert Stohr, MS, LMFT, Executive Director, U.S. VETS
  • Cheree Tham, LCSW, Co-founder and Vice President of Programs and Initiatives, America's Warrior Partnership
  • Caitlin Thompson, PhD, Vice President, Community Partnerships, Cohen Veterans Network

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