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September 8, 2004

Please join the Center for American Progress for an expert panel discussion:

The Hidden Toll of Iraq: Mental Health and the Military

Featuring

Sue Bailey, Former Assistant Secretary of Defense (Health Affairs)

Kaye Baron, Clinical psychologist working with veterans and military families

Stephen L. Robinson, Executive Director, National Gulf War Resource Center

Moderated by

Lawrence J. Korb, Senior Fellow, Center for American Progress

The Iraq war and other U.S. combat operations are producing mental health problems at rates comparable to Vietnam. Mental health needs remain unmet as soldiers have found barriers to care in the field and at home, including stigma. Taking care of our troops and their families must be a top priority. The panel will discuss some of the recent studies and numbers on troops’ mental health, the experiences of affected soldiers, and how to mitigate this burden on our troops.

Tuesday, September 14, 2004
Program: 9 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.

Breakfast will be provided.

St. Regis Hotel - Potomac Room
923 16th Street NW, near the corner of K Street

Washington, D.C. 20006

Nearest Metro: Farragut North

To RSVP
Click here to register.
Or call 202.741.6388

Biographies

Sue Bailey was confirmed as Assistant Secretary of Defense (Health Affairs) in 1998. In that capacity, she was responsible for the protection of the health of United States military forces, including pre-and post-deployment health, battlefield casualties, endemic disease and environmental hazards. During her tenure, Dr. Bailey traveled to war zones and locations of engagement including Guantanamo Bay, Haiti, the Persian Gulf, Bosnia and Kosovo. She is a board certified physician and achieved the rank of Lieutenant Commander in the Navy prior to her appointment at the Department of Defense.

Kaye Baron is a clinical psychologist based in Colorado Springs, Colorado, with an expertise on the mental health effects of war. The majority of her practice involves working with military families from Fort Carson and the Air Force Bases in Colorado Springs. In addition, she works locally for a federal agency as a contract psychologist conducting evaluations for veterans who have participated in World War II, the Korean War, Vietnam, Desert Storm and now, Operation Iraqi Freedom. She has conducted approximately 650 psychological evaluations for retired and existing military personnel. Currently, Dr. Baron is working on the development of programs aimed at providing a safe environment for military personnel and their families to obtain proactive help for dealing wit the effects of wartime stress.

Lawrence J. Korb is a Senior Fellow at the Center for American Progress and a Senior Adviser to the Center for Defense Information. Prior to joining American Progress, he was a Senior Fellow and Director of National Security Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations. From July 1998 to October 2002, he was Council Vice President, Director of Studies, and holder of the Maurice Greenberg Chair. Mr. Korb served as Assistant Secretary of Defense (Manpower, Reserve Affairs, Installations and Logistics) from 1981 through 1985. He also served on active duty for four years as Naval Flight Officer, and retired from the Naval Reserve with the rank of Captain.

Stephen L. Robinson is the Executive Director of the National Gulf War Resource Center. A tireless advocate for veterans, Robinson has been at the forefront of the debate on a broad spectrum of veterans’ issues resulting from the 1991 Gulf War and the present conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan. He is a former Airborne Ranger and Instructor, and served in northern Iraq in 1991, providing humanitarian and repatriation assistance to the Kurds during Operation Provide Comfort. During his time in the Army, Robinson also served in the Office of the Secretary of Defense as a briefer and analyst on Gulf War Illness research. He currently serves on the 12-member Veterans Affairs Research Advisory Committee on Gulf War Illnesses and is a Special Advisor on chemical and biological weapons exposures to Vietnam Veterans of America.

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