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Mental Health Summit Aims To Build, Sustain Community Relationships

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WALLA WALLA, Wash. - The Department of Veterans Affairs said it rates mental health care needs of veterans and their families as a top priority. 

The Jonathan M. Wainwright Memorial VA Medical Center is one of 152 sites across the country taking part in these day long summits. They have been happening all summer long and are meant to bring together key community members who can work together to offer the best mental health care possible to veterans. 

City officials, hospital leaders and other local agencies like the United Way are invited to talk out the issues and come up with a strategy to help.

"The communities in which our hospitals operate in, I think, are really excited by the idea that we're reaching out and really promoting collaboration to see how and what we can be doing better so that our veterans don't fall through the cracks," said Kacie Kelly of Veterans Affairs.

Kelly works out of Washington, D.C. but is traveling to some of these summits to help facilitate and provide support. The goal is to help build and sustain community relationships for VA clinics nationwide.