Event supports frontline and returning troops

More than 150 supporters of Stand For The Troops (SFTT) recently came together at the first You Are Not Alone event, in support of the organization’s Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Initiative.

SFTT was established in Greenwich in 1997 by Colonel David H. Hackworth, America’s most valor-decorated soldier, and his wife Eilhys England. The foundation supports our frontline troops and those returning home by giving them a voice that reaches Congress, the media and the public concerning their physical, mental and emotional well-being. As support and the need for services has grown, so has the geographic reach of SFTT.

The inaugural event, held at Mitchells of Westport, honored the late Col. Hackworth and America’s returning frontline troops. The guest of honor, Maj. Gen. John Batiste U.S. Army (ret.), is the newly elected president of the SFTT Board. Senator Richard Blumenthal and SFTT Co-Founder and Ms. England, both Greenwich residents, served as honorary chairs.

In his remarks, General Batiste spoke of the great challenges facing returning veterans, noting that PTSD affects at least one in every five soldiers and Marines and statistics indicate that about 18 veterans a day commit suicide.

“The VA is great,” he said. “But it’s not equipped to deal with this problem. Community-based programs are the solution.”

Stand For The Troops provides therapy, housing, transportation, job training and placement. SFTT’s goal is to establish these programs nationally so that all veterans in need are served.

“The success of this event will allow SFTT to concentrate on our PTSD initiative, mobilizing a top medical task force to give seriously traumatized warriors access to the latest PTSD therapies, collaborating with CDS Warrior Salute on a Pilot Treatment Program, and developing a comprehensive national referral resource,” Ms. England said,

For more information, to become a member or make a donation, please visit Sftt.org.

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