In my work as a volunteer Clinical Psychologist for Give an Hour, I am often asked , “why do you do it”. My answer is always the same: it comes from a Robert Browning poem, “Those who have survived war, deserve to do well in peace.”
- Arnie Marks, Psy. D, LCSW
Couples and Family Therapy as Essential in the Treatment of Veterans
Written by Norbert A. Wetzel, Th.D., co-founder & director of training at The Center for Family, Community, & Social Justice, Inc., and co-founder & director at The Princeton Family Institute
Provider Stacy Y. shares her experience as a mental health provider and Give an Hour volunteer.
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Erin Timmermans, Program Specialist for Got Your 6, Army National Guard & Army Reserve Programming with Give an Hour, writes on her experience as a Family Readiness Group leader for the Reserve Officer Association newsletter.
Sana P. is an American Psychological Association (Division 19: Society for Military Psychology) Student Affiliate.
As the VA bemoaned shortages in its mental health workforce, veterans languished under protracted wait-times while LPCs continued to seek greater recognition.
ARNIE MARKS, PSY.D, LCSW, BOARD CERTIFIED DIPLOMATE
Socrates taught us: Strong Minds discuss ideas, Average Minds discuss events, and Weak Minds discuss people. The ideas that I wish to share are birthed in the words of Abraham Lincoln who one hundred and fifty years ago reminded us “to care for him who has borne the battle, and his widow and his orphan”
Our nation is now challenged with caring for 23 million American Veterans, and perhaps more acutely responding to the needs of the 2.2 million Warriors who have returned to our shores after over twelve years of warfare in the Middle-East.
We are all familiar with the staggering images of Warriors with prosthetic limbs, wheel-chair bound, or profound head injuries. Indeed there are well over 50,000 of those men and women who need our constant care and attention. Perhaps less well known to our nation are the 450,000-500,000 men and women who daily struggle with the “invisible wounds” of war. They look fine physically, but internally and cognitively they are battling every day with the challenges presented by their combat stress, acute stress, post-traumatic stress and their mild traumatic brain injuries. Who will provide care for this population?