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TriWest Creates First-of-its-Kind Partnership to Offer Military Leaders With Grief Support Program

Wednesday, September 5, 2007 General News J E 4
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PHOENIX, Sept. 4 TriWest Healthcare Alliance is offeringan innovative program to help military leaders respond to families who havelost a loved one in service to our country. Responding to the needs ofNational Guard and Reserve unit commanders, TriWest is partnering with notedauthor and nationally certified counselor, Joanne Steen, a widow of a navalaviator killed in the line of duty.

Through a first-of-its-kind partnership, TriWest and Steen will offer"Grief Solutions" to military leaders in communities hit hardest bycasualties, to provide them with a deeper understanding of how to support andassist survivors, as they are the first to respond once families within theirunits have been notified of a loss.

"This initiative is part of our deep and ongoing commitment to those whohave made the ultimate sacrifice for our country," said TriWest President andCEO David J. McIntyre, Jr. "We have a longstanding commitment to the TragedyAssistance Program for Survivors (TAPS); this helps us to expand the scope ofour support of these families, who will continue to suffer from their losseslong after the war is over."

Programs will be offered to active duty, National Guard and Reserve unitsthroughout the 21-state TRICARE West Region administered by TriWest HealthcareAlliance.

"It has been more than 30 years since Vietnam and we have a wholegeneration of Americans who are learning in real time how to respond tomilitary loss," said Steen, co-author of Military Widow: A Survival Guide."These programs will arm leaders with the tools necessary to assist those whohave lost the family members dearest to them."

Steen has assisted hundreds of spouses, parents and children of fallenService members, as well as providing military leaders with practical skillsto cope with the complexities of military death.

This partnership is one of many behavioral health initiatives developed byTriWest to support the ongoing needs of U.S. service members and theirfamilies. More information is available on TriWest's Behavioral Health Portal,at http://www.triwest.com.

About TriWest

TriWest Healthcare Alliance partners with the Department of Defense to do"Whatever It Takes" to support the health care needs of 2.9 million members ofAmerica's military family. A Phoenix-based corporation, TriWest providesaccess to cost-effective, high-quality health care in the 21-state TRICAREWest Region, the 2007 TRICARE Region of the year. TriWest is a proudCorporate Team Member of America Supports You. Visit http://www.triwest.comfor more information.

SOURCE TriWest Healthcare Alliance
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