WASHINGTON, D.C. (WUSA)-- An event entitled "Visible Honor for Invisible Wounds" will be taking place in Upper Senate Park on Capitol Hill Wednesday morning, June 27th.
The idea is to recognize how post traumatic stress, traumatic brain injuries, severe depression, and survivor's guilt can wound our veterans as much as roadside bombs or a sniper's fire.
In particular, the urgent focus is on the tremendous loss of our veterans to suicide and how to help them before it is too late.
In addition to remarks by high-ranking members of the Armed Services, lawmakers, and mental health professionals, there will be a young but powerful voice coming from the podium.
Barbara Webb is just 10 years old. She will be speaking about the day she almost lost her father Steven to suicide, and what needs to be done to help other veterans suffering in silence.
Barbara and her mother Megan joined WUSA 9's Anita Brikman in the studio to talk about their family's experience with PTSD. (See Video attached.)
Anita is the emcee for the rally sponsored by the "Honor For All: Stop the Loss Foundation", and will be introducing Barbara.
There will also be an 'open mike' portion of the event in which any active duty service member or veteran can share his or her story, all in an effort to further chip away at the stigma of PTSD and to seek mental health help.
WHAT: Visible Honor for Invisible Wounds
WHERE: Upper Senate Park (Corner of New Jersey NW & Constitution NW
WHEN: Wednesday, June 27th 10:00 AM