PTSD & Substance Abuse

MISSION


PTSD is an anxiety disorder that results from experiencing a dangerous, frightening, or uncontrollable event such as military combat, violent crime, or a life-threatening accident. The PTSD program is dedicated to providing support for veterans and their families and advocates for the necessary health care to treat PTSD, including diagnoses, research, specialized programs and educational efforts.

VVA’s substance abuse program provides outreach and support for all veterans and their families. The program advocates for the mental health care needed to treat substance abuse, recognizing the continued need for these services for many veterans.

Around 1980, the American Psychiatric Association designated PTSD to describe a delayed-stress syndrome commonly experienced by combat-veterans. Although PTSD is often associated with Vietnam veterans, it appears in veterans of all wars and eras.


THREE OTHER TERMS FOR PTSD:
  1. Soldier’s heart
  2. Shell Shock
  3. Battle Fatigue

what we're doing


The Latest:
Chapter 899 Color Guard
Chapter 899 Hosts Weekly PTSD Breakfast
Bill West, the president of Burlington County, NJ Chapter 899, is one of the founders and the current chair of the Monday Morning PTSD…

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PTSD/SA Committee Provides Apps to Help Cope
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,…

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Chapter 776 PTSD
Chapter 776 Offers Information on PTSD
Gateway Chapter 776 in Scott County, IA, recently teamed up with Operation Engage America, which works to provide education, support, and resources for veterans,…

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Our Leaders
Thomas Hall, Ph.D.

Title: Chair of PTSD/Substance

Program: PTSD/Substance Abuse

Committees: PTSD


Resources


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HELPFUL DOCUMENTS FOR VETERANS AND THEIR FAMILIES

Veterans Crisis Line
24 hours a day, 7 days a week: 1-800-273-TALK (8255).
If you are interested in joining the Veterans Against Drugs Program please contact: Dave Simmons at 1-800-882-1316 or e-mail dsimmons@vva.org.

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HOW YOU CAN HELP:

Many veterans don’t have access to the health care services they need, making it difficult to seek proper treatment. You can help veterans obtain the services they need by making a monetary donation or by donating your used clothes, furniture, and other household items.

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