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Veterans Mental Health Resources

Guest host Marcus McCoy sits down with US Army Veteran, Elizabeth Ramirez to discuss the veteran population in El Paso and the many mental health services that are immediately available to all branches of the military.

Elizabeth Ramirez served in the military for five and a half years, and her transition from an armed forces member to a civilian was anything but simple. Her experience and struggles with mental health led her to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, or NAMI. Now she is a facilitator in a Peer to Peer program for adults that have mental health conditions and are looking to understand their mental health better. In this special edition of Weekend Perspectives, she discusses programs available in NAMI, El Paso, which allow people to improve their mental health and how to find them.

The National Alliance on Mental Illness of Texas (NAMI Texas) is a nonprofit organization founded with the purpose of helping improve the lives of people affected by mental illness through education, support, and advocacy. NAMI Texas has a variety of education and support programs directed to individuals living with mental illness, family members, friends, professionals, and the community at large to address the mental health needs of Texans.

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Originally aired on March 16, 2024

Louie Saenz has been in the news broadcasting business for over thirty years. He has been a News Anchor and Reporter for KDBC-TV, KOAT-TV in Albuquerque, NM and KTSM-TV in El Paso. Saenz earned a degree in Journalism from NMSU, and a Masters in Communication from UTEP. He is currently the News & Public Affairs Director for KTEP-FM, and a lecturer in the Communication Department. He is also the host of Focus on Campus and co-host on El Paso Prime Time.
Sam Cassiano is a native Californian who spent his formative years in the Bay Area. An army brat, his family toured Germany and Japan before settling in El Paso in 1973. Initially a Communications Major at UTEP, a radio internship at KPAS-FM 94, the PASS launched his broadcasting career. He can be heard as the morning news anchor on KTEP during NPR's Morning Edition, and Friday evenings at 10 pm as the host of Friday Night Blues.
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