Free Military Mental Health Fair in Chandler Friday


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Chandler is teaming up with a nonprofit to host a free veterans health event on Friday, June 25.

Veterans are invited to the Matthew B. Juan American Legion Post 35 located at 2240 W. Chandler Blvd., Chandler, AZ.

People can attend workshops on topics such as work of breathing for mental health, living with post-traumatic stress disorder, and the home buying experience. The full schedule is shown below.

Information kiosks will include college enrollment services, VA claims and care, a veterans court, and faith-based counseling and support services. Free haircuts and massage chairs will also be available.

Military Mental Health Resilience is the inaugural event between Chandler and Operation Shockwave, a non-profit organization focused on preventing suicide among veterans.

“Since working with Operation Shockwave, we’ve learned that there are over 13,000 veterans living in our city,” said Niki Tapia, Chandler Diversity Office. “We are committed to helping raise awareness to ensure our veterans community is aware of all the resources available during this event and Operation Shockwave. “

Participants can register for any workshop on the day of the show:

  • Emotional liberation technique: tapping
    Presenter: CaS Facciponti, co-founder of Operation Shockwave
    8 a.m. to 8:45 a.m.

  • Living with PTSD
    Presenter: Adam Bigelow, PTSD Foundation, Arizona Chapter
    10 am-10.45am

  • How trauma affects your window of tolerance
    Presenter: Laura Wood, Benavieri Counseling
    11-11.45 a.m.

  • Breathwork for mental health and a discussion of cold therapy
    Presenter: Ryan Anderson
    12 p.m.-12:45 p.m.

  • Signs that you are questioning your faith
    Presenter: Marcus Ray
    1 p.m. to 1:45 p.m.

  • VA Loans and the Homebuyer Experience
    Presenter: Lee Griffith, MilSpec
    2 p.m.-2:45 p.m.

For any questions about the event, contact [email protected]

The National Resource Directory, an online resource for wounded, ill and injured service members and veterans, and their supportive friends and family, contains information on finance, health, housing, education and employment.

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