I rode to Washington, D.C. from Richmond at 0530 this morning. Despite the chilly 40 degree temperature and DC traffic, I was determined to arrive at VA headquarters on time to meet the other members of the SSS Board of Directors who drove up to meet me (Nick Black, Adam Buchanan, Yuri Blazar).
At VA headquarters we met with senior members from the Office of Policy and Planning, Veterans Health Administration, VA/DoD Collaboration Service, and Office of Public Affairs. Special thanks to Assistant Secretary Dr. Raul Perea-Henze and his team for all of their help setting up today’s meetings. It is progressive leaders like Dr. Henze that have made the Ride for Life a success.
We look forward to formalizing the partnership between the Department of Veterans Affairs and Stop Soldier Suicide in the coming month.
I am heading to Baltimore tomorrow to meet with senior mental health care professionals from the Johns Hopkins Hospital.