Combating Stigma.


Medal of Honor Recipients

The Fight Against Stigma

In addition to providing high-quality, confidential mental health care to veterans and their families, the Cohen Veterans Network works to dispel the stigma associated with receiving treatment. Joining us in the fight: a pair of post-9/11 Medal of Honor Recipients, CVN representatives Ryan Pitts and Kyle White.

White, who served in the U.S. Army in Afghanistan, credits the treatment he received after combat with allowing him to transition successfully into civilian life.

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Pitts and White in Philadelphia.

“I admitted I needed help — and here I am today, and everything is OK… Maybe I can use my example to encourage a veteran or a family member that it’s going to be OK. If I can do it, they can do it,” White says.

Pitts, who also served in the U.S. Army in Afghanistan, believes strongly that all veterans have earned a right to lead healthy and fulfilling lives.

“A lot of times we as veterans marginalize the invisible wounds, when they are every bit as significant if not more so debilitating than the physical ones…It’s bothered me when friends thought the invisible wounds aren’t as important as the physical wounds. This is where it’s important to have CVN, to have a network throughout the U.S. where veterans can get mental health care to overcome those challenges,” Pitts says.

The pair talks through many of the issues veterans face when returning home in this four-part series: