A joint town hall meeting and accompanying resource fair is scheduled for recovering warriors and their family members Nov. 8.
“The joint town halls are geared toward disseminating feedback and educating the warriors and their families on issues or concerns that have arisen either informally or through formal channels,” said Gloria Twilley, a program analyst for the Warrior and Family Care Division, Joint Task Force National Capital Regional Medical Command (JTF CapMed), which hosts the quarterly town hall meetings.
The town halls are composed of a panel that includes the: JTF Commander, Maj. Gen. Steve Jones; Walter Reed National Military Medical Center (WRNMMC) Commander, Rear Adm. Alton L. Stocks; the Service Leads Army, Air Force, Navy Safe Harbor and Marine Corps; the Naval Support Activity Bethesda Commander, Capt. Frederick Kass; and the Warrior Family Coordination Cell (WFCC) Commander, Capt. Thomas Craig.
The upcoming town hall will be held from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m., in the Building 17 gym. Guest speakers will speak concerning relevant issues for the warriors and their care givers, said Twilley.
“The upcoming town hall commander’s panel will address installation and facility improvements (such as a new playground area and new barbecue area), and medical updates from the WFCC, including any new WFCC programs,” said Twilley. “Then, the panel will open the town hall up to a question and answer session to ensure that issues of concern to the warriors and their caregivers are addressed.”
Feedback from previous town hall meetings has led to several improvements at the installation, she said.
“Many new initiatives have been implemented as a direct result of the town halls, and many wounded warrior program improvements have occurred as a result of the feedback from the warriors and their families,” said Twilley.
WRNMMC’s Operation Brave Families, a division of the Child and Adolescent Behavioral Healthcare Clinic which falls under the Department of Psychiatry, will host a resource fair alongside the town hall. The fair will be held from 8:00 to 11:00 a.m., in the Building 17 Atrium to celebrate November’s Military Family Appreciation Month, featuring support from 17 benevolent and WRNMMC-based organizations, said Twilley.
Military Family Appreciation Month was established in 1993 by the Armed Services Young Men’s Christian Association (YMCA), with the U.S. government recognizing the occasion every year since.
Wounded, ill and injured warriors and their families are encouraged to attend the upcoming town hall and resource fair, said Twilley. “Please join us as we celebrate Military Family Appreciation Month.”