Free Military Mental Health Fair In Chandler On Friday

Published: Monday, June 21, 2021 - 5:15am

Chandler is partnering with a nonprofit to host a free health event for veterans on Friday, June 25.

Veterans are invited to the Matthew B. Juan American Legion Post 35 located at 2240 W. Chandler Blvd., Chandler, AZ.

People can attend workshops on things like breath work for mental health, living with post traumatic stress disorder, and the homebuying experience. The full schedule is listed below.

Informational booths will include college enrollment services, VA claims and care, veteran court, along with counseling and faith-based support services. Free haircuts and massage chairs will also be available.

The Military Mental Health Resilience is the inaugural event between Chandler and Operation Shockwave, a nonprofit focused on suicide prevention for veterans. 

“Since working with Operation Shockwave, we’ve learned there are more than 13,000 veterans that live in our City,” said Niki Tapia, Chandler Diversity Office. “We’re committed to assisting with outreach to ensure our veteran community is aware of all of the resources available at this event and through Operation Shockwave.”

Attendees can sign up for any workshop on the day of the fair:

  • Emotional Freedom Technique: Tapping
    Presenter: CaS Facciponti, co-founder of Operation Shockwave
    8–8:45 a.m.

  • Living with PTSD
    Presenter: Adam Bigelow, PTSD Foundation, Arizona Chapter
    10–10:45 a.m.

  • How Trauma Affects Your Window of Tolerance
    Presenter: Laura Wood, Benavieri Counseling
    11–11:45 a.m.

  • Breath Work for Mental Health and a Discussion in Cold Therapies
    Presenter: Ryan Anderson
    Noon–12:45 p.m.   

  • Signs You Are Questioning Your Faith
    Presenter: Marcus Ray
    1–1:45 p.m.  

  • VA Loans and the Homebuyers Experience
    Presenter: Lee Griffith, MilSpec
    2–2:45 p.m.  

For questions about the event, contact [email protected]

The National Resource Directory, an online resource for wounded, ill and injured service members and veterans and their friends and family who support them, has financial, health, housing, education and employment  information.

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