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:
TOM BERGER (2)
The Majority of Veteran Suicides Are 50 and Older – We Still Don’t Know Why
On July 7, the Veterans Health Administration released new data about veteran suicides, based upon the examination of over 55 million veteran records from…

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Military Golf
Chapter 196 Helps Disabled Vets with Their Golf Swing
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…

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U.S. Air Force photo illustration/Senior Airman John Nieves Camacho
PTSD & Substance Abuse Committee Update May/June 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…

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Our Leaders
Thomas Hall, Ph.D.

Title: Chair of PTSD/Substance

Program: PTSD/Substance Abuse

Committees: PTSD


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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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