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Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff to Discuss Wounded Warrior Issues at the USNI & MOAA 2009 Defense Forum Washington

'Coping With Unseen Injuries: From Battlefield to HomeFront'

ALEXANDRIA, Va., Aug. 24 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Military Officers Association of America (MOAA) and the U.S. Naval Institute (USNI) will host a one-day Defense Forum Washington - "Coping With Unseen Injuries: From Battlefield to HomeFront" on Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2009, at the Hilton Alexandria Mark Center, 5000 Seminary Road in Alexandria, Va. Admiral Mike Mullen, USN, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, will kick off the event as the keynote speaker. Registration opens at 8 a.m. Registration and the schedule are available at

Key uniformed service and Administration leaders, legislators, health care providers, and wounded warriors and family members will join fellow concerned professionals to discuss subjects such as suicide, the unseen injuries of war -- especially traumatic brain injury (TBI), post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) -- and progress to date on various pilot projects to improve programs and support for wounded warriors. MOAA organizers say the symposium will measure progress to date, highlighting problems encountered, and assessing additional options to sustain momentum and achieve common objectives. Questions from the audience will be taken.

Panel topics include:

  • "Managing the Battlefield & Beyond - A Leadership View"
  • "Implications of Unseen Injuries: How Do We Respond on the Homefront?" and
  • "Caring for Families & Caregivers: Facing the Truth"

"Response to this Forum in the past two years has been overwhelming and extremely productive," said retired Navy Vice Adm. Norb Ryan, MOAA's president. "It is clear that this Forum goes a long way toward promoting discussion and action as we tackle this set of issues that are so vitally important to military people, their families, and our nation."

The Defense Forum, including lunch, is free to active duty, National Guard and Reserve military members; USNI-MOAA member's cost is $40, MOAA spouses are $40, non-members are $65, and students are $25. To learn more about "Coping With Unseen Injuries: From Battlefield to HomeFront" or to register, visit Online Registration closes at noon on Wednesday, 9 September 2009. To register by phone please call: (800) 233-8764 or (410) 268-6110.

There will be two Hilton Alexandria Mark Center shuttles running all day to and from the Pentagon Metrorail Station, and one to and from the King Street Metrorail Station.

MOAA is the United States' largest veteran's organization for active duty, National Guard, Reserve, former and retired military officers, their families and surviving spouses. The association promotes a strong national defense by lobbying for equitable benefits for those who serve and have served their country in military, including health care, pay, allowances, and family issues.

Founded in 1873, the U. S. Naval Institute is a non-profit, non-partisan professional membership association whose threefold mission is to provide an independent forum for thoughtful dialogue on issues of national security; to support the men and women of the Armed Forces and their families; and to preserve and promote our Naval Heritage. USNI publishes Proceedings and Naval History magazines; its Naval Institute Press publishes more than 75 professional and mission-related books each year.

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SOURCE Military Officers Association of America
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