Shortly after 1LT Lauren Stuart Mabie and her mother Brattleboro, Vermont State Representative Valerie Stuart led the 3rd Annual 22-4-22 Mile March on Sunday, July 8, 2018, WKVT (92.7) Reporter Olga Peters interviewed Lauren about PTSD and the high rate of suicide among American veterans.
The goal of the March, partially underwritten this year by the Brattleboro Retreat Uniform Service Program (Purple Heart Sponsor) and supported by the Warrior Connection (Gold Star In-Kind Sponsor) is to reduce veteran suicide by building public awareness about this tragic public and mental health issue. The event's objective is to encourage soldiers who suffer from PTSD and the physical and mental health ravages of war to step forward and get the support they deserve. Removing the stigma associated with seeking help is a key goal of programs offered by the March's sponsors.
Click here to hear more from 1LT Stuart Mabie on why she has come back to Brattleboro for the last 3 years to host the March. Olga also interviewed Lauren's mother State Representative Valerie Stuart about the event. You can hear Valerie's perspective on this important public and mental health issue by clicking here.