Soldier advocacy group to hold benefit
Published 4:25 pm, Tuesday, May 1, 2012
Stand for the Troops, a nonprofit organization that aims to give soldiers a voice before Congress, will host a reception to benefit its post-traumatic stress disorder initiative from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, May 8, at Mitchells of Westport, 670 Post Road.
The initiative focuses on mobilizing a medical task force to give traumatized military personnel access to disorder therapies by collaborating with CDS Warrior Salute on a pilot treatment program and developing a national referral resource. The disorder affects at least one in every five soldiers and marines returning from Iraq and Afghanistan, while overall statistics indicate that about 18 veterans a day commit suicide, according to a news release from the organization.
Tickets are $75 per person or $100 per couple.
The fundraiser will honor the late Col. David H. Hackworth and America's returning frontline troops. Honorary chairmen for the event are retired Army Maj. Gen. John Batiste and Henry Grayson of Westport.
In 2005, Batiste, a two-star general, refused to accept his third star -- which would have made him the No. 2-ranking officer in Iraq -- in protest of the war, the release states. He and six other senior retired generals went public with their condemnation of the war and called for the immediate firing of then-Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld.
Batiste, president and CEO of Klein Steel in New York, is a member of various boards, including the board of advisers for Johns Hopkins University's Carey Business School and the Veterans Outreach Center.
The evening will also include cocktails, hors d'oeuvres, music and silent and live auctions.
The organization was established in Greenwich in 1997 by Hackworth, the nation's most valor-decorated soldier, and his wife Eilhys England.
For tickets, call 203-629-0288 or visit http://sftt.org/sftt-events.