Coming up on Connections: Monday, March 12

Mar 12, 2018

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First hour: Discussing President Trump's planned military parade

Second hour: The difficulty of hiding - and speaking out about - mental health issues

President Trump is moving forward with plans for a national military parade this coming November. The parade, estimated to cost $3 million and $50 million, will celebrate the American military and its achievements throughout history. Our panel consists of veterans who will discuss the meaning of such a parade, and whether they think it should happen. In studio:

  • Todd Baxter, Monroe County Sheriff who has 22 years of service with the U.S. Army
  • Dominick Annese, U.S. Army veteran of the Vietnam War
  • Gary Beikirch, Medal of Honor recipient for his actions in the Vietnam War
  • Matt Barnes, Fairport Police Sgt and veteran of the U.S. Army

Then in our second hour, two of the best players in the NBA recently went public about their struggles with mental health. Kevin Love of the Cleveland Cavaliers wrote a piece for the Players Tribune in which he opened up about an anxiety attack during a recent game. DeMar DeRozan of the Toronto Raptors tweeted and then gave interviews about his long-standing battle with depression. Within days, each player had heard from thousands of fans who decided to finally open up about their own challenges with mental health. We'll discuss stigma, opening up, and the difficulty that comes with hiding mental health issues. Our guests:

  • Kristina Mossgraber, events coordinator and walk manager for NAMI Rochester
  • Melanie Funchess, director of community engagement for the Mental Health Association of Rochester
  • Steven Mojsovski, lifelong OCD and anxiety sufferer
  • Desiree Pernaselci, teacher at Greece Olympia High School, and coach of the girls' soccer team and girls' and boys' track and field team