You may know already that I worked for the Washington DC VA hospital as a neuropsychologist consultant. Veterans Day is an opportunity to honor those individuals who have served to protect our country. Psychologists work throughout the year to acknowledge that spirit, supporting military personnel and veterans, their families and their communities.
The American Psychological Association ￼strongly advocates for funding and support for veterans’ health research and clinical services, including therapies to address post-traumatic stress disorder, traumatic brain injury, also known as TBI, anxiety,￼ and depression and more effective suicide prevention efforts in military and veteran populations. The suicide rate for veterans is disproportionately higher than the rest of the country.
I encourage people to honor military personnel, men, women, families, and service dogs (mainly Labrador retrievers, German Shepherds, and Dobermans)￼,￼ today in whatever way they can.