MOULTRIE — November’s NAMI Night meeting tonight will reach out to veterans — less than a week before the celebration of Veterans Day.
NAMI is the National Alliance on Mental Illness, which formed a Moultrie chapter early this year. NAMI Nights are held on the first and third Thursdays of the month at 6 p.m. at First United Methodist Church in Moultrie. The first meeting includes an educational session, followed by support groups for those facing mental illness and for their families, while the meeting later in the month is devoted solely to support groups.
Tonight, the speaker will be Navy veteran Larry Barfield and his wife Pam, who’ll tell about K9s for Warriors. They got their dog, Camo, through the program.
“Larry and Pam live in Leesburg, Ga.,” NAMI spokeswoman Lynn Wilson told The Observer in an email. “I have watched them as Camo has helped the entire family along the path of recovery from this devastating mental illness. They are an inspiration.”
Wilson said the group has turned its attention toward veterans because they’ve been a hard group to reach.
“We find that some veterans are reluctant to participate in NAMI because they perceive asking for help as a sign of weakness, which runs counter to the personality traits of military personnel,” Wilson said. “Therefore many veterans suffer the consequences of untreated PTSD, which can have dramatic negative effects on a person’s life and on the life of family members.
“The K9s For Warriors initiative offers hope for rebuilding lives disrupted by the trauma of a combat experience,” she said.
For more information about K9s for Warriors, visit www.k9sforwarriors.org. For more information about NAMI or its Moultrie chapter, contact Lynn Wilson at firstname.lastname@example.org or chapter President Joyce Burley at email@example.com.