PTSD & Substance Abuse

PTSD/Substance Abuse Committee Update May/June 2018

May 23, 2018

BY THOMAS C. HALL, PH.D., CHAIR Accountability, it has been said, is “the glue that ties commitment to results.” The PTSD/SA Committee is committed to accountability from the VA to achieve the best possible results…

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

PTSD/Substance Abuse Committee Update January/February 2018

February 28, 2018

BY THOMAS C. HALL, Ph.D., CHAIR There is an old film on family therapy, The Family Trap, by family counselor and therapist Sharon Wegscheider-Cruse. In it, she is approached by a young boy. She asks…

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Chapter 910 Christmas We Missed

Chapter 910 Members Recall Christmas During the War

January 29, 2018

VVA Chapter 910 hosted its annual ‘Christmas We Missed’ event Corpus Christi, TX to reflect on Christmases in the Vietnam War.  (more…)

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

PTSD/Substance Abuse Committee Update November/December 2017

January 18, 2018

The PTSD/Substance Abuse Committee has been active with suicide prevention town halls throughout the country.  (more…)

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Chapter 299

Members of Chapters 299 and 669 Participate with Quilts of Valor

November 21, 2017

Chapter 299 presented a check to Terry Austin in Rock Island, Iowa to give Chapter 669 members and veterans of other wars ‘Quilts of Valor’.  (more…)

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Chapter 899 Color Guard

Chapter 899 Hosts Weekly PTSD Breakfast

October 4, 2017

Bill West, the president of Burlington County, NJ Chapter 899, is one of the founders and the current chair of the Monday Morning PTSD Support Group that meets for weekly breakfast and rap sessions at…

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PTSD/SA Committee Provides Apps to Help Cope

June 19, 2017

The PTSD/Substance Abuse Committee is a strong supporter of creating mobile device applications (apps) to provide self-help, education, and support for those managing PTSD, substance abuse, and other self-destructive approaches to coping. (more…)

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Chapter 776 PTSD

Chapter 776 Offers Information on PTSD

June 9, 2017

Gateway Chapter 776 in Scott County, IA, recently teamed up with Operation Engage America, which works to provide education, support, and resources for veterans, first responders, and family members with PTSD and TBI, at a…

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Veteran Service Dogs

Chapter 850 Makes Donation to Train Service Dogs

March 22, 2017

Chapter 850 of Kent County, DE recently donated $10,000 to Rebuilding Warriors to continue training service dogs for veterans. Rebuilding Warriors provides trained and socialized service/companion dogs to disabled veterans and veterans battling PTSD/TBI. Training…

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PTSD & Compassion Fatigue

March 21, 2017

“Taking care of myself doesn’t mean ‘me first.’ It means ‘me, too.’” — L.R. Knost Small encounters can lead to momentous changes. In Vietnam Marine Cpl. Charles Figley began visiting children in his off hours…

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