Sign up for 'PTSD vs. Moral Injury -- Unmasking the Truth' June 19

  • James H. Mukoyama Jr.

    James H. Mukoyama Jr.

Posted6/16/2021 1:01 PM

Support Over Stigma is hosting "PTSD vs. Moral Injury -- Unmasking the Truth" from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, June 19, in the outdoor pavilion at Cantigny Park, 1S151 Winfield Road, Wheaton. Sign up at

The program will talk about the almost two dozen veterans a day who take their life due to PTSD, moral injury and critical incident stress. It also will feature veteran-owned businesses and businesses that have veteran programming.


The keynote speakers will include James H. Mukoyama Jr. of Glenview, a retired U.S. Army major general; Chappy Ferrer, 82nd Airborne, U.S. Army; and Zoeie Kriener, founder and CEO of Support Over Stigma.

Mukoyama retired from the Army in May 1995, after more than 30 years of total active and reserve component service, including two combat tours.

During his five years on active duty, he served as a platoon leader in the Demilitarized Zone in the Republic of Korea and as an infantry company commander in the 9th Division in Vietnam. He was the youngest General Officer in the entire United States Army in 1987, and subsequently the youngest Major General three years later. In 1989, he became the first Asian American in the history of the U.S. to command an Army division.

Ferrer is the founder of Stand-by-me Heroes, a chaplain and license minister, and a member of American Legion, Rolling Thunder, Veterans of Foreign Wars.

Some of the nonprofit and other community organizations attending include: Support Over Stigma, Military Outreach USA, Honor Flight Chicago, Crystal Lake American Legion Post 171's Vets 4 Veterans, Chicagoland Blue Star Mothers, Operation Horses and Heroes Inc., Top Flight Defense Inc., Be A Hero To A Hero (Charity for American Veterans), Blue HELP, Road Home Program at Rush, Aperion Care West Chicago, K9s For Veterans NFP; A Call to Shoulders, DuPage County Probation Veterans Court, Lynch Foundation, and Winfield Township.

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Other vendors include: CorSpice, Hat Trick BBQ Company, Sugar Mama's Mini Donuts, Patriotic Frog, Allstate Insurance Agent Shawn Miller, Jennifer Slown from ReMax Professionals Select -- The Veteran Team, Howard Productions LLC, Red Glare Bullet Jewelry, and The Herbal Oracle LLC.


For information on this Geneva-based nonprofit offering PTSD help for active duty military, veterans, first responders, and their families, call (630) 492-0308 or email