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Barbara Van Dahlen, Ph.D. is a licensed clinical psychologist and the founder and president of Give an Hour™
A journalist recently asked why I founded Give an Hour. She wanted to know what lead me to walk away from the successful clinical practice that I built to start a nonprofit organization in a sector I knew nothing about. I spoke about my father, a WWII veteran who lied about his age to join the Navy long before I was born. I talked about how he fought in the Pacific, was injured during the war, and never talked about the pain and trauma he must have experienced. I reflected on growing up during the Vietnam War in rural California and how decades later, as a mental health professional, I worked with Vietnam veterans in the community mental health system who continued to suffer as a result of invisible injuries that never healed.
But I also spoke about my desire to be an example for my two daughters--the way my father had been an example for me. I wanted to show my girls the importance of compassion and conviction, and the value of service. I wanted to show them the power of one. The journalist seemed intrigued by this concept and asked if I really believe that one person can make a difference in addressing the daunting issues that face our military and our society.
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|Nov 14, 2012||The Vision and the Will to Help Those Who Suffer|
|Oct 25, 2012||Signs of Hope in Caring for Those Who Serve|
|Sep 27, 2012||Making Progress in Serving Those Who Serve|
|Sep 2, 2012||Hire a vet: It's good business, not politics or charity|
|Aug 27, 2012||Addressing the Current Suicide Crisis|
|Aug 14, 2012||Military Olympians: World Class Performance in London 2012|
|Jul 18, 2012||Swift and Respectful Care|
|Jun 14, 2012||Remaining Focused on Our Commitment|
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