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Navy Psychologist Speaks About Military Mental Health

JACKSON, Tenn. - Former Navy psychologist Heidi Squier Kraft spoke at Union University  about mental health care needs for the military community on Thursday.

Kraft, a nationally known speaker concerning post-traumatic stress disorder, joined the Navy as a flight and clinical psychologist. She was later deployed to Iraq for seven months with a Marine Corps surgical company in 2004 - an experience from which she wrote a memoir, "Rule Number Two."

Kraft discussed mental health care for military personnel and their families as a "pressing social issue," said Mary Anne Poe, the acting associate dean of social work.

"The needs are great," said Poe, who also serves as a social work professor and the Center for Just and Caring Communities director. "We are pleased to have an opportunity to offer this lecture at Union."

All the proceeds from Kraft's book will go to the Semper Fi Fund, which is an organization that provides financial assistance to wounded Marines and their families while they recover. 

Find out more here about the Semper Fi Fund: http://semperfifund.org/