Posting on behalf of Brian Lewis:
I am respectfully requesting lot of assistance right now from anyone who follows me. If you have an interest in ‪#‎veteran‬ or ‪#‎military‬ issues (especially in Minnesota and western Wisconsin) and can share this status, I would appreciate it.
After a conference today with Mr. Patrick Kelly, Director of the Minneapolis VA Health Care System, I was given his personal assurance that, if we can assemble a group of female ‪#‎MST‬ survivors and a separate group of ‪#‎MaleMST‬ survivors who receive their care from the Minneapolis VAHCS and would be interested in attending a support group, he will establish such groups for both male and female survivors inside his facility of the Veterans Health Administration (VHA) - U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. Right now, Director Kelly is ambivalent about starting a mixed gender process group for MST, so we need a sustainable nucleus of about 6 survivors from each gender. To be clear, even if we cannot get a sustainable nucleus of both genders, whichever one that gets to a sustainable nucleus will go forward.
If you would be interested in participating in such a peer-to-peer support group, please contact whoever shared this status and give them permission to share your information with me, or private message me directly, and let's make this happen.
Thanks in advance for helping Protect Our Defenders and bringing this service to survivors of sexual assault/harassment in the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD), either through sharing this status or stepping up and participating in this endeavor.
Also - MST care is free of cost in VA. I'll even help veterans get registered in VA if they want to join this group.