General Raymond T. Odierno, US Army Chief of Staff, has accepted our offer to deliver the keynote address for the ceremonies.
The brass quintet from the Marine Corps Band, “the Presidents Own”, will be performing to open the ceremonies
Mary Callahan Lynch will be singing Pie Jusu to honor the victims of suicide from all wars
The third annual VISIBLE HONOR FOR INVISIBLE WOUNDS special event to commemorate National Post Traumatic Stress Awareness Day will be held Saturday, June 22, 2013, beginning at 9:30 AM in Upper Senate Park on the US Capitol Grounds
Honor for ALL is dedicated to establishing recognition of the invisible wounds of post-traumatic stress, traumatic brain injury, depression, and survivor’s guilt. Our mission is to conquer the stigma, preserve the dignity of families, and most importantly, stop the tragic loss from suicide of veterans and family members suffering these wounds.
This event is open to the public and will be addressed by representatives of the Armed Services Chiefs, members of the Federal Executive and Legislative Branches, distinguished individuals from the national healthcare sector and last, but certainly not least, affected service members and veterans. Ceremonies will begin promptly at 10:00 AM in Upper Senate Park directly adjacent to the Russell Senate Office Building.
An open mike will be offered at the end of the ceremonies for those in attendance to speak if they wish.
On this day, we shall pay special tribute to those hallowed souls from all wars who have fallen to suicide as the ultimate consequence of their wounds.
Our goal is national awareness of the true nature of PTSD, and all invisible wounds.
Our goal is to leave no one behind, on the field of battle or among the gathering of honored veterans.
Our goal is to conquer stigma, instill dignity and preserve lives.
UNITED STATES ARMY
THE CHIEF OF STAFF
1 February 2012
Mr. Thomas Mahany
President, Honor for ALL
3122 Warick Road
Royal Oak, Minnesota 48073
Dear Mr. Mahany:
I wanted to personally thank you for your leadership in
honoring our Veterans and conquering the stigma associated with
Post Traumatic Stress (PTS).
PTS is a combat injury. Veterans suffering from PTS deserve
the same dignity and respect as our fellow Wounded Warriors.
With the continued support and encouragement of organizations
like Honor for ALL, the Army and this Nation have made enormous
strides in treating this injury, removing the stigma and instilling
dignity in our recovering Veterans.
More work must be done, but I am thankful to have you and
the members of Honor for ALL on our side. Army Strong!
RAYMOND T. ODIERNO
General, United States Army