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Mark Graham on hiring veterans to train veterans

By WorkingNation Editorial Team
September 25, 2019

Major General (retired) Mark Graham is Director of Vets4Warriors and several other programs. He says employing a veteran for Vets4Warriors is a win-win, especially when veterans can train other veterans. This makes work is to raise money and grow the veteran workforce very rewarding.

MG Graham retired from the U.S. Army on August 1, 2012, after almost 35 years of service. His final position was as the Director (G-3/5/7) U.S. Army Forces Command, Fort Bragg, North Carolina. MG Graham and his wife, Carol, are tireless champions of military and civilian efforts to promote mental health and suicide-prevention awareness and to eliminate the stigma surrounding mental health care.

To honor the memory of their sons, 2LT Jeff Graham who was killed by an IED in Iraq in February 2004, and their son Kevin a Senior Army ROTC cadet who died by suicide in June 2003 while studying to be an Army Doctor at the University of Kentucky, the Grahams established the Jeffrey C. and Kevin A. Graham Memorial Fund to provide the “Question, Persuade, Refer” suicide prevention program at the University of Kentucky.

The Grahams were instrumental in establishing the Jeffrey and Kevin Graham Memorial Endowed Lectureship in Psychology for the study of depression and suicide prevention at Cameron University, in Lawton, Oklahoma. Additionally, they support the ongoing efforts of the Pikes Peak Suicide Prevention Partnership, Colorado Springs, Colorado (El Paso County), through the “Jeff and Kevin Graham Memorial Crisis Hotline” and the “Jeffrey and Kevin Graham Support Services”.

The Grahams’ story is featured in the award-winning book, “The Invisible Front: Loss and Love in an Era of Endless War,” by Yochi Dreazen.

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