As part of Destination Zero, an initiative aiming to reduce the number of suicides in Fond du Lac County, Fond du Lac’s first ever Warrior Summit will be held 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 18, in the Marian University Stayer Center.
According to the Medical Examiner’s office, Fond du Lac County has seen a spike in the number of people who have died by suicide this year – 15 people have taken their lives in 2019, up from 2018’s total of 11.
The goal of the summit is to improve the emotional and spiritual well-being of veterans, current service members, and their families, and it will aim to inform clinical professionals, social service organizations, faith communities, and the general public about the unique needs and strengths of veterans and their families, as well as provide information about the various programs, treatments, and services that exist to support them.
Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary-Designee Mary Kolar will speak to open the event, followed by two keynote presentations: Ralph Ozmun, of Opus Peace and Smoky Mountain Home Health and Hospice, will discuss Soul Injury, while retired U.S. Army Reserve LTC Cynthia Rasmussen, RN, MSN, CANP, will address Reintegration.
After lunch, attendees will have the opportunity to attend two breakout sessions featuring the lived experiences of veterans and those who support them, followed by a plenary presentation.
For more information and to register before the Oct. 9 deadline visit csifdl.org/WarriorSummit.