For Immediate Release
Contact: Miles Migliara
National Communications Manager
AMVETS National Headquarters, March 4, 2019 – Spearheading a crucial month of advocacy for AMVETS, the organization has hired Cherissa Jackson, a registered nurse and retired Air Force combat clinician, to lead AMVETS’ HEAL program.
Jackson boasts 23 years of active duty service, deploying three times during Operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom as a battlefield clinician. She is the author of “At Peace Not in Pieces,” a bestselling memoir that outlines her principles of coping with the challenges of PTSD as a combat veteran and nurse. She was named one of PTSD magazine’s “25 Individuals of Influence,” as well as recently named to the “HillVets 100” class of 2019.
“I spent most of my nursing career assisting service members suffering from visible wounds,” said Jackson. “Now, however, the signature injury of today’s wartime era, the ‘invisible wounds,’ demands priority from AMVETS and those looking to heal American veterans. This position will allow me to reach those with opioid addiction, issues accessing adequate healthcare, and who suffer in silence after bravely serving their country.”
Jackson officially joined AMVETS on February 1, 2019 as Chief Medical Officer and will head the organization’s HEAL Program, which strives to confront the risk factors that lead to crisis and veteran suicide. She will also use her expertise to lead AMVETS’ efforts to address issues related to women veterans and champion legislation that improves access to quality healthcare. AMVETS formed the HEAL program in February of 2018, which consists of team of clinical experts with experience in eliminating barriers to access in healthcare for veterans nationwide.
HEAL, which stands for healthcare, evaluation, advocacy, legislation, encompasses all necessary steps the team will take to intervene directly on behalf of veterans, service members, families, and caregivers to reduce veteran suicide, unemployment, homelessness, and hopelessness as it relates to mental and physical wellness, particularly for those who are affiliated with AMVETS and utilize Polytrauma/Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) centers and mental health services within the Veterans Health Administration (VHA) and community healthcare facilities.