Army Week Association is honoring MG(Ret) Mark Graham as this year’s Soldier for Life Awardee. They recognize MG(Ret) Graham as an incredible influencer in the suicide awareness and prevention space for years, and that they are happy to have him, and his family join them at The University Club in NYC on June 14th.

Major General (retired) Mark Graham is currently serving as the Executive Director, Rutgers University Behavioral Health Care (UBHC) National Call Center and Vets4Warriors. MG Graham retired from the US Army on August 1, 2012 after almost thirty-five years of service. His final position was the U.S. Army Forces Command G-3/5/7 where he oversaw the plans, operations and training for all Army forces in the United States and ensured conventional forces were prepared for worldwide deployment and combat.

MG Graham and his wife, Carol, are tireless champions who promote mental health and suicide-prevention awareness, and to eliminate the stigma surrounding mental health care. To honor the memory of their sons, 2LT Jeff Graham who was killed by an IED in Iraq in February 2004, and their son Kevin a Senior Army ROTC cadet who died by suicide in June 2003 at the University of Kentucky, the Grahams have established several programs in memory of their sons. MG Graham was commissioned Field Artillery in December 1977.

He served in key command and staff positions, and past assignments include Field Artillery Brigade Command in California as the first Active-Duty Army Colonel to command a National Guard brigade in peacetime; Commander of the Battlefield Coordination Detachment, Osan, Korea; Chief of Staff and Deputy Commanding General of the Army Field Artillery Center and Fort Sill; the Deputy Commanding General of Army North where he led the evacuation and supported relief operations following Hurricane Katrina; then as the Commanding General of Fort Carson, Colorado and Division West of First US Army.

In addition to his bachelor’s degree in political science, MG Graham holds a Master of Business Administration from Oklahoma City University, and a Master of Science in National Security Strategy from the National Defense University in Washington, D.C. MG Graham’s military awards include the Distinguished Service Medal, the Bronze Star Medal, the Defense Superior Service Medal, the Legion of Merit, the Meritorious Service Medal and the Humanitarian Service Medal.

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