- Executive Office of Veterans' Services
Media Contact for New Appointments to the Veteran’s Reintegration Advisory Committee (VRAC)
Boston, MA — The Executive Office of Veterans Services (EOVS) proudly announces the revival of the Veteran’s Reintegration Advisory Committee (VRAC) and the appointment of seven new committee members. VRAC is entrusted with actively investigating, studying, and scrutinizing various aspects of veterans' reintegration into civilian life. Its primary objectives include reducing suicide rates and addressing the profound effects of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), depression, and anxiety among veterans. Furthermore, the committee will explore the impact of community peer liaisons on veterans' successful reintegration into society and delve into the critical link between isolation and veteran suicide.
"We remain steadfast in our commitment to veterans' well-being. The EOVS team and I are wholeheartedly dedicated to standing up this Committee, which comprises renowned leaders from the healthcare community. I eagerly anticipate the Committee’s findings and recommendations," said Secretary Jon Santiago of the Executive Office of Veterans Services.
VRAC's establishment directly results from the statutory mandate outlined in S3097, the "Act addressing barriers to mental health care," enacted on August 10, 2022. The committee will comprise a diverse group of individuals, including representatives from prominent organizations such as Massachusetts General Hospital’s Home Base Program, the Wounded Warriors Project, the Mass Mentoring Partnership, Inc., the Massachusetts Coalition for Suicide Prevention, the Massachusetts Psychological Association, Inc., as well as esteemed professionals and experts from various fields.
The inaugural meeting is scheduled for October 10, World Mental Health Day. For more information about VRAC and its members, please refer to the attached list or contact Jacqueline Manning at email@example.com for inquiries.