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This Navy Wife Shines A Spotlight On Military Family Mental Health

Mental health is a growing area of concern for military service members and their families alike. One Navy spouse, Jenny Lynne Stroup, is working to bring light to this concern and help others in need. Read on to learn more about Stroup’s contributions to the military community!

WTKR ~ ” Jenny Lynne Stroup is a [Suffolk, Virginia] native, but she’ll be the first to admit while she knew about the Navy, she didn’t really have much interaction with it growing up. All that changed when she met her now-husband.

‘Matthew and I met the traditional Navy story: Sailor, bar, cute girl – the whole nine. We’ve been married for 13 years and have been coast to coast, North, South, East, West and are back here in Hampton Roads and really, really happy to be back.’

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Talk with her for just a few minutes and Stroup’s passion for supporting military families and their mental health is evident. ‘I figured if it was happening in my house, it was probably happening in somebody else’s, and somebody has to be the first one to talk about it and so I did.’

She’s turned it into a professional pursuit as well. Just as the pandemic began, she started a new role as outreach coordinator for the Steven A. Cohen Military Family Clinic at Veterans Village of San Diego. It’s a job she’s continued to do remotely ever since moving to Hampton Roads last year with her husband’s Navy orders.

Heather Wilson is her counterpart at the Steven A. Cohen Military Family Clinic at The UP Center in Virginia Beach. ‘We are who we serve. Jenny Lynne is a military spouse, literally walks, talks and breathes, so who better to relate and collaborate with than someone who is a military spouse?’ Wilson said.

‘I am now some people’s first call, they know that they can share with me the hard stuff that’s going on in their house and know that I have been down the road of finding resources, like the Cohen Veterans Network that they can use for their family to get the help they need,’ Stroup said. ‘Having it be a recognizable network and knowing that you’re going to get that accessible, affordable, military competent care is, it’s awesome’.” ~ WTKR

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