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Capitol Hill Event Will Explore Ways to Meet Behavioral Health Needs for Military Families

September 15, 2014

National Military Family Association & UnitedHealth Group Work Together to Create Effective Solutions

Alexandria, VA - The National Military Family Association (NMFA), a nonprofit that works to strengthen and protect military families, and UnitedHealth Group, a diversified health and well-being company, announced today that they are hosting an event on September 16th titled “Growing Our Own – Meeting the Behavioral Health Needs of Military Families.”

This program will examine behavioral health challenges faced by military families. Speakers will also highlight innovative solutions to improve access to behavioral health care and meet the increasing demand for qualified health providers. The program will feature representatives from NMFA, UnitedHealth Group, and RAND.

Topics that will be covered during this discussion include:

  • Advice for military spouses wishing to pursue a career in behavioral  health

  • Challenges faced in the private sector regarding the availability of behavioral health providers

  • How military spouses can become part of the solution in meeting the increasing demand for behavioral health providers in their communities.

“Military spouses tell us all the time that they want to give back to their community. They know service members, veterans, and their families are seeking mental health support as they never have before and want help from someone who understands their lives,” said Joyce Raezer, Executive Director of NMFA. “Spouses also want a career that will enable them to find employment wherever the military takes them.”

“UnitedHealth Group and the United Health Foundation are honored to be a part of NMFA’s effort on behalf of military families,” said Cory Alexander, executive vice president of UnitedHealth Group. “We know there is a growing demand for experienced mental health professionals to support service members and their families.  As a program partner and national sponsor of NMFA’s Military Spouse Scholarship program, we can help ensure the education of mental health professionals who bring to their work both a deep understanding of the military community, and the ability to relate to the needs of fellow spouses and service members.”  

UnitedHealth Foundation funds an NMFA scholarship that enables military spouses to facilitate their accreditation in the growing mental health field.

“We appreciate this opportunity to work with the United Health Foundation to raise awareness about the need for more behavioral health support in the military community and the untapped potential of military spouses who choose careers in this field,” said Raezer.

The breakfast and panel discussion begin Tuesday, September 16, 2014 at 8am in the Rayburn House Office Building.

About UnitedHealth Group

UnitedHealth Group (NYSE: UNH) is a diversified health and well-being company dedicated to helping people live healthier lives and making health care work better. With headquarters in Minnetonka, Minn., UnitedHealth Group offers a broad spectrum of products and services through two distinct platforms: UnitedHealthcare, which provides health care coverage and benefits services; and Optum, which provides information and technology-enabled health services. Through its businesses, UnitedHealth Group serves more than 85 million people worldwide. For more information, visit UnitedHealth Group at

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About the National Military Family Association

The National Military Family Association is the leading nonprofit dedicated to serving the families who stand behind the uniform. Since 1969, NMFA has worked to strengthen and protect millions of families through its advocacy and programs. They provide spouse scholarships, camps for military kids, and retreats for families reconnecting after deployment and for the families of the wounded, ill, or injured. NMFA serves the families of the currently serving, retired, wounded or fallen members of the Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force, Coast Guard, and Commissioned Corps of the USPHS and NOAA. To get involved or to learn more, visit

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