HST093 Code of Support with Kristina Kaufmann

Summary:

Kristina (Kristy) Kaufmann is the CEO and co-founder of Code of Support Foundation. During her 11 years as a wartime Army wife, Kristy recognized that the mental impact on soldiers and families was not being appropriately addressed. Her determination to improve the approach for providing the support needed to endure repeated deployments often ruffled feathers among senior leadership but Kristy pressed on. Upon realizing that driving change from inside the system was ineffective, she wrote an op-ed in The Washington Post, titled “Army Families Under Fire.” The piece resulted in a platform upon which she and her co-founder, Major General Alan B. Salisbury, USA (R) built the Code of Support Foundation.

Kristy is considered a subject matter expert regarding the mental health impacts of war on military families, and her publications and media appearances include The Washington Post, New York Times, NPR, CNN, and other major network channels. Kristy is a leading force in the cross-sector collaboration drive to facilitate the public-private collaborations necessary to meet the needs of the military and veteran community. She is a 2017 Presidio Institute Fellow and a graduate of the University of California Berkeley.

In this Episode, you will learn:

  • Kristy’s background and experince
  • How an OpEd in the Washington Post brought a conversation out of the darkness
  • Benefits and blowback from speaking out
  • Code of Support Case Coordination Program
  • The National Resource Directory
  • PatriotLink
  • Facilitating support for veterans and their families

Links Mentioned In This Episode:

The Code of Support Foundation

Army Families Under Fire article

PatriotLink

Starving at the Feast: A Parable of Military Transition

Code of Support on Social Media:

Twitter

Facebook

Instagram

 

 

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Duane K. L. France is a combat veteran of both Iraq and Afghanistan, as well as a mental health counselor practicing in the state of Colorado. Do you want to join the conversation regarding veteran mental health? Share, like, and comment. Read Duane's previous posts and follow him on Twitter and LinkedIn. Keep the conversation about #veteranmentalhealth going.

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