City to Host Third Annual Veterans Forum, May 10

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The Long Beach Department of Health and Human Services is hosting the Third Annual Veterans Forum on May 10, from 9 am to 12 noon, at the Alpert Jewish Community Center, 3801 E. Willow St., Long Beach.

“The Veterans Forum provides an important opportunity to support our veterans in transitioning into community life, as well as present strategies for veteran service providers to support this process,” said Long Beach Mayor Bob Foster.

The forum is titled “It’s Zero-Dark Thirty-one, Now What?” to remind the community that when hostilities cease, there are important issues facing veterans upon their return home. The forum will focus on how veterans, their families, and significant others can learn coping and resiliency tools to promote a healthy transition into their home communities.

An estimated 40 percent of veterans will have some type of mental health issue to address while re-integrating back into the community upon release of military service. The Long Beach Health Department and its community partners are working together to establish a collaborative and seamless process to ensure access to mental health treatment and other needed services.

For more information on the Long Beach Veterans Forum, please contact Patti LaPlace, Mental Health Coordinator, at 562.216.1966 or Patti.Laplace@longbeach.gov.

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