PTSD & Substance Abuse

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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Counseling Session

Chapter 1116 Works on Suicide Prevention

February 22, 2017

Chapter 1116 is working with the Disabled American Veterans in Morganton, NC to offer a suicide prevention workshop. The two groups will be using the training from the QPR Institute, which stands for “Question, Persuade,…

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Artilleryman Overcame Drug Use and PTSD

September 8, 2016

Pfc. Ron Sales graduated from the then William Hooper Councill High School in Huntsville, AL in 1966. He left Alabama A&M University in February 1967 and went to live with his uncle in Los Angeles.…

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The Majority of Veteran Suicides Are 50 and Older – We Still Don’t Know Why

September 7, 2016

On July 7, the Veterans Health Administration released new data about veteran suicides, based upon the examination of over 55 million veteran records from 1979 to 2014, from every state in the nation and U.S.…

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Mental Health-Related “Bad Paper Discharges”

July 14, 2016

Recent reports from advocacy and media outlets (1, 2, 3) have highlighted what is not a new phenomenon: the military’s failure to properly consider the effects of Post-traumatic Stress Disorder, Traumatic Brain Injuries, Military Sexual…

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Military Golf

Chapter 196 Helps Disabled Vets with Their Golf Swing

June 13, 2016

Chapter 196 in Lynchburg, VA has teamed up with Hill City’s American Legion and the local chapter of the Military Order of the Purple Heart to hold golf clinics for disabled veterans in central Virginia.…

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U.S. Air Force photo illustration/Senior Airman John Nieves Camacho

PTSD & Substance Abuse Committee Update May/June 2016

May 31, 2016

In March the National Veterans Legal Services Program and the Veterans Legal Clinic at the Legal Services Center of Harvard Law School published the report, Underserved: How the VA Wrongfully Excludes Veterans with Bad Paper…

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PTSD & Substance Abuse Committee Update March/April 2016

March 17, 2016

There is much more work to be done in 2016 and 2017. Access to treatments for PTSD continues to fall behind need at the VA. Suicide by veterans and active duty personnel continues to increase.…

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PTSD & Substance Abuse Committee Update January/February 2016

February 19, 2016

VVA’s Committee on PTSD and Substance Abuse recognizes—and will do what they can to help—the underserved and under-publicized struggles damaging their sisters-in-arms. The realities of PTSD and Military Sexual Trauma, the ravages of substance abuse, and the…

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