DVIDS – News – Army Golden Knights leap for sanity with ‘Team Unbroken’


The United States Army Parachute Team celebrates Mental Health Awareness Month by performing tandem jumps on May 3 at Laurinburg-Maxton Airport with Team Unbroken and the Steven A. Cohen Clinic in Centerstone in Fayetteville, NC to educate veterans and military family mental health and it’s complexities of care.
Since 1949, the United States has considered May as Mental Health Awareness Month. Each year, the Mental Health America organization fights stigma, provides support, educates the public, and advocates for policies that support people with mental illness and their families.
According to the website, the Steven A. Cohen Military Families Clinic is one of 19 clinics in the Cohen Veterans Network that provides client-centered therapy for a variety of mental health issues to veterans, serving workers and their families.
“We want to break down the barriers to finding a cure behind mental health. Anyone can overcome their adversities, ”said Sharjuan Burgos, Director of Outreach at the Cohen Clinic in Fayetteville. “Resilience is the key”,
The Cohen Clinic partnered with “Team Unbroken” and together they led tandems with the Golden Knights to raise awareness.
“Team Unbroken” is a team of veterans who took part in the Fiji Eco Challenge event of the “World’s Toughest Race”.
Gretchen Evans, Founder of Team Unbroken, says don’t let injuries, illnesses and / or trauma in your life define who we are.
Evans is a retired army command sergeant major who suffered multiple injuries while in service.
Everyone on the team had injuries that they had to overcome, whether it was a physical injury or a mental health trauma.
“The whole point of ‘Team Unbroken’ was that when people looked at us they saw something that they thought maybe was broken,” Evans said. “But we are a mixed ability team, we are not disabled.”
Please visit the US Army Parachute Team website at www.goarmy.com/events/golden-knights.html to view upcoming events in your area.

Date taken: 05.03.2021
Date posted: 05.05.2021 14:52
Story ID: 395681
Location: FORT BRAGG, NC, United States

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