Veterans mental health forum focus

Published Sep 19, 2017 at 4:00pm

The Veterans Mental Health Training Initiative, in collaboration with the Mohawk Valley Division of the National Association of Social Workers’ New York State chapter, will host a veterans mental health forum on the topic of moral injury at noon Wednesday at the Capitol Theatre, 200 W. Dominick St., event organizers have announced.

The forum will be presented and moderated by Aynisa Leonardo, founder of the Military Resilience Project, and will include a documentary screening of “Almost Sunrise,” the event announcement added.

The film, released in 2016, follows two Iraq veterans, Tom Voss and Anthony Anderson, both tormented by depression for years after they returned home and were pushed to the edge of suicide.

The two embark on an extraordinary journey – a 2,700-mile walk across the country from Wisconsin to California, in order to reflect on their haunting experiences of war and to ultimately save themselves, event organizers said.

Directed by Michael Collins, this documentary explores the concept of “Moral Injury” as it relates to war veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder.

Following the screening, there will be a
discussion panel featuring veterans and military service members, according to the event

The workshop will provide an overview of military culture and the challenges of transitioning to civilian life, with particular focus on the concept of moral injury — the factors that can lead to a moral wound and its lasting implications for one’s spirituality, identity and ethics.

The cost is $35, $20 for members of the National Association of Social Workers and free for veterans and service members.

Event registration and additional information, including the event’s program schedule, can be found online at