PTSD & Substance Abuse

PTSD/Substance Abuse Committee Update July/August 2021

July 15, 2021

BY THOMAS C. HALL, PH.D., CHAIR During a national critical shortage of mental health professionals in which demand is surging, many Vet Center counselors have been sidelined. This decision was made despite the fact that…

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PTSD/Substance Abuse Committee Update May/June 2021

June 28, 2021

BY THOMAS C. HALL, PH.D., CHAIR Upon returning to America, Vietnam veterans learned that each of us had experienced our own private wars alongside our brothers and sisters in arms. For those of us managing…

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PTSD/Substance Abuse Committee Update March/April 2021

March 29, 2021

BY THOMAS C. HALL, PH.D., CHAIR Over the past year as the COVID pandemic raged, the PTSD/SA Committee continued to hold virtual meetings and work hard to build and strengthen resources and advocacy efforts. That…

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Thomas C. Hall, Ph. D., PTSD/Substance Abuse Committee Chair

PTSD/Substance Abuse Committee Update January/February 2021

February 6, 2021

BY THOMAS C. HALL, PH.D., CHAIR The holiday season, coupled with the impact of almost a year of isolation and loneliness because of the pandemic, has had an impact on our ability to communicate. As…

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Thomas C. Hall, Ph. D., PTSD/Substance Abuse Committee Chair

PTSD/Substance Abuse Committee Update November/December 2020

November 25, 2020

BY THOMAS C. HALL, PH.D., CHAIR There is no known cure for post-traumatic stress disorder. But PTSD symptoms can be managed to a point at which they no longer interfere with a person’s ability to…

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Thomas C. Hall, Ph. D., PTSD/Substance Abuse Committee Chair

PTSD/Substance Abuse Committee Update September/October 2020

September 10, 2020

BY THOMAS C. HALL, PH.D., CHAIR As the chair of VVA’s National PTSD and Substance Abuse Committee, I, and other mental health experts, have relied on guidance from the Department of Defense’s Center for the…

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Thomas C. Hall, Ph. D., PTSD/Substance Abuse Committee Chair

PTSD/Substance Abuse Committee Update July/August 2020

June 29, 2020

BY THOMAS C. HALL, PH.D., CHAIR Our freedom stands on the sacrifices of many. And what is sacrifice? It’s the “act of giving up something that you want to keep, especially in order to get…

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Managing Our Demons While Sheltering in Place

May 14, 2020

Tom Hall, Ph.D., Chair, VVA National PTSD/Substance Abuse Committee As we enter our 7th, 8th, or even 9th week of sheltering in place, many of us are really starting to feel the burden this is…

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Managing Problem Gambling

April 24, 2020

Dr. Thomas Hall, PhD, Chair, PTSD Committee Since the onset of the pandemic, with stay-at-home orders, the gambling industry has increased its online push, advertising on television and radio, and offering countless ways to gamble…

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An Open Letter to Health Care Providers from Vietnam Veterans

April 18, 2020

We recognize the hardships and challenges our healthcare providers are facing in the midst of the Covid-19 health crisis. We applaud the brave, lifesaving work being done on the front lines. In the midst of…

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