BELLEVILLE — Allsup, a nationwide provider of veteran’s disability appeals representation, invites the public to a free screening of the award-winning documentary, “Thank You For Your Service,” on Veterans Day, Nov. 11, from 6 to 8 p.m., at Faith Family Church, in Shiloh.
Hosted by Operation Honor, the movie screening and panel discussion kick off the No Family Left Behind Behavioral Health Conference and Connection Fair, Nov. 11 and 12.
“Nearly 25 percent of suicides in Illinois and Missouri involve a veteran,” said Brian Russell, conference director and Iraq and Afghanistan veteran. According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, three primary mental health concerns for veterans are post-traumatic stress disorder, depression and traumatic brain injury.
“The need for an event like No Family Left Behind can’t be overstated,” said Russell. “As a community, we’ve got to show up, listen, and show our veterans they have not been forgotten.”
According to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, PTSD is the third-most common service-connected disability among current VA disability recipients.
“PTSD can cause problems with trust, closeness and communication,” said Allsup Veterans Disability Appeal Service and VA-accredited Claims Agent Brett Buchanan. “Survivors may feel angry, detached, or worried in their relationships, and this can put enormous stress on families.”
Buchanan added that veterans often have medically complex issues. In addition to PTSD and other psychiatric conditions, they may have orthopedic conditions, cancers, cardiovascular and respiratory diseases.
“There has been a 200 percent increase over the last 10 years in original VA disability claims that contain eight or more medical issues,” said Buchanan. “These are not easy issues being decided. There are special laws and regulations for Gulf War illness, combat veterans, PTSD claims and total disability due to individual unemployability.”
No Family Left Behind is designed to help veterans and military families connect with resources to address these and other issues and improve their quality of life. The Connection Fair features local and national organizations that provide products and services to veterans and their families, including employment, mental health services, VA disability appeals, financial planning and more.
The keynote speaker is Dr. Mark Russell, founding director of the Institute for War Injuries and Social Justice of Antioch University, featured in Thank You for Your Service.
Conference registration is $10. To register, visit the website at OperationHonor.net or call (618) 277-0232. Scholarships are available. Continuing education units are available for professional counselors and social workers.
For more information on Allsup Veterans Disability Appeal Service, visit Veterans.Allsup.com.
Allsup and its subsidiaries provide nationwide Social Security disability, veterans disability appeal, re-employment, exchange plan and Medicare services for individuals, their employers and insurance carriers. Allsup professionals deliver specialized services supporting people with disabilities and seniors so they may lead lives that are as financially secure and as healthy as possible. Founded in 1984, the company is based in Belleville. Visit http://www.Allsup.com or connect with Allsup at http://www.facebook.com/allsupinc.
— From the Illinois Business Journal