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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

Note: This group is no longer active. Titles and affiliations are from the time of membership and may have since changed.


Matt Miller, PhD, Director for Suicide Prevention, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (Public Sector)


  • Cicely Burrows-McElwain, MSW, Director Technical Assistance Resource Center, Community-Based Interventions for Suicide Prevention, Veterans Health Administration
  • Melissa Comeau, MS Director of Military and Veteran Caregiver Network, Service to Armed Forces, American Red Cross
  • Sherman Gillums, Jr., Chief Strategy & Advocacy Officer, AMVETS
  • Jack Hammond, Brigadier General USA (Ret.), Executive Director, Home Base
  • 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

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