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Old 11-04-2013, 12:47 AM   #21
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I commend you Jinx. I'm on a hiatus right now, but I'm getting my associates degree in applied science, then On to my bachelors to become a social worker/therapist for vets with PTSD. I had planned to work with abused children but after getting involved with the Vietnam Veterans of America, I realized how great the need is. It's truly a shame.
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Old 11-04-2013, 05:53 AM   #22
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Jinx, good for you. Jimmy Beans is much cheaper than any other form of therapy plus you end up with hats, sweaters and all sorts of good things. Wonderful work that you are doing at the VA. I like and admire the staff I've met at the VA hospital in Washington.
Janis, good luck in pursuing your degree. It's in a much needed specialty.
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Originally Posted by Woofens View Post
I commend you Jinx. I'm on a hiatus right now, but I'm getting my associates degree in applied science, then On to my bachelors to become a social worker/therapist for vets with PTSD. I had planned to work with abused children but after getting involved with the Vietnam Veterans of America, I realized how great the need is. It's truly a shame.
Oh, that's great! We have two programs at my VA hospital. One is a mental health clinic that is at another location, but we also have behavioral health right in our clinic, with several social workers and two clinical psychologists. Whenever we get someone who's suicidal we can do a "warm handoff," to any of them. We have tai chi and yoga, biofeedback and meditation.

The need for therapists and LCSWs is huge, as some of the vets coming back from the Middle East are also very traumatized. There is no shortage of men and women who have been scarred by war!
So good luck and keep chipping away towards you degree/s. It helps to be passionate about it, and it sounds like you are!
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Jinx, good for you. Jimmy Beans is much cheaper than any other form of therapy plus you end up with hats, sweaters and all sorts of good things. Wonderful work that you are doing at the VA. I like and admire the staff I've met at the VA hospital in Washington.
Janis, good luck in pursuing your degree. It's in a much needed specialty.
Thanks, Salmonmac! The knitting is great therapy, and now that I'm venturing into socks, all family and friends will reap the bounty!

Most of the people working at the VA are great folks, and I really enjoy my coworkers. And, every so often I get presents from patients:
home grown tomatoes, gift cards for Whole Foods, Starbucks, Barnes and Noble, crocheted mug rugs, candy bars, a knife???? and one guy wanted to give me a pound of marijuana (which I politely refused, eegads!). Best of all is when a little old WWII vet gives me a hug! So I really do have a great job most days!
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