NH DHHS - Theater of War Coming to New Hampshire

Concord, NH - The NH Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) Bureau of Community Based Military Programs is pleased to announce the highly acclaimed professional production: Theatre of War is coming to New Hampshire on October 6th. Theatre of War uses readings from Ajax, a 2,500 year old Greek play that timelessly depicts the psychological and physical wounds inflicted by war upon warriors, as a catalyst for engaging the audience in a Town Hall discussion about how combat impacts on today's service members, veterans and their families.

“Theater of War helps service members, veterans, and their family members to discuss and deal with the emotional and psychological effects of combat and the challenges of homecoming,” said Commissioner Nicholas Toumpas. “This production provides a unique opportunity for our State to learn more about helping NH’s military community.”

The Goals of “Theater of War” are to:
· Reduce stigma surrounding combat-related psychological injury
· Create a safe dialogue about the health challenges faced after combat
· Develop a deeper understanding of the health challenges faced after combat
· Connect warriors and families that need help to psychological health resources

Performances on October 6th will be held at:
· 12:00 pm at Grace Capitol Church, 542 Pembroke Street in Pembroke
· 5:00 pm at Concord High School, 170 Warren Street in Concord

A panel discussion with combat veterans, medical personnel and family members will follow the performances. The Franklin VFW will host a reception following the panel discussion.

This event is free and open to the public. To RSVP go to www.naminh.org/tow.php .

Theatre of War is being hosted by: NH National Guard, NH Department of Health and Human Services, NAMI NH, NH State Suicide Prevention Council and White River Junction VA Medical Center.