Jacqueline Garrick, Public Service
Recognizing outstanding achievement and excellence in providing opportunities and support to veterans by a government employee
Jackie Garrick is a social worker, U.S. Army veteran and policy analyst whose own military and clinical experiences inspired a 30 year career focused on educating and advocating for service members, Veterans and their families, and advancing treatments for posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Since 2011, Garrick has served as Director of the Defense Suicide Prevention Office, where she is responsible for the strategic development, implementation, centralization, standardization, communication, and evaluation of DoD suicide and risk reduction programs, policies, and surveillance activities to reduce the impact of suicide on service members and their families.
Garrick is involved with many professional and civic organizations, including the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies. She regularly participates in conferences and workshops and volunteers her time to advance the discussion on how to best help our wounded warriors recover from the invisible wounds of war. She counsels and mentors wounded warriors on how to access the benefits available to them, offers career advice, and helps those that are struggling to cope with their injuries.
Garrick has supported the Aleethia Foundation, which provides critical assistance for newly injured Service members, including short-term therapeutic recreation, small financial grants, family emergency aid, assistive technology items, and home improvements to assist with mobility and other needs. Additionally, Garrick regularly supports the Walter Reed