The director of the Teresa McGovern Center in Madison, Wis., says the late George McGovern's willingness to talk about his daughter's problems is part of his legacy.
George McGovern established the treatment center for victims of alcoholism and mental illness after Teresa was found dead in a Madison snowdrift in 1994 after battling alcoholism for years.
Center Director Mike Floreksaid George McGovern visited the center after it was built and talked with patients about his experiences with his daughter.
"His courage to talk about this disease and what it's done to his family is amazing," said Florek. "If more people did that, if more families talked about the impact of this disease, the stigma of alcoholism would be much less."
George McGovern, who lost the 1972 presidential race, died Sunday at a Sioux Falls hospice at age 90.