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Hattiesburg American: Joe Kinnan, Hattiesburg’s Veteran of the Year

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We are delighted that our friend and colleague, Col. Joseph Kinnan, was named the city of Hattiesburg’s Veteran of the Year for 2021. Not only does Joe have a long history of dedicated service to our country, but he is also a tireless mental health advocate. We appreciate how kind and encouraging he is to us at Families as Allies and all of the good work he does.

It is particularly touching that Joe brought his dedication to both the military and mental health by serving on the Governor’s challenge to develop a statewide suicide-prevention approach. We are also touched that Joe was chosen for this recognition by Mayor Toby Barker, who was himself a strong advocate for statewide mental health issues during his years in the legislature.

We express our heartfelt gratitude to Joe and all of the other veterans for your service. We also know that because of your bravery and the risks you have taken on behalf of all of us, some of you who are veterans are more at risk for mental health challenges. These are some national mental health resources for veterans and service members. 

Please take a few minutes to read more about Joe, his military service, his advocacy for mental health and all of the other ways he has given back to his country and community.

[Photo courtesy the Hattiesburg American]

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