Last Call Veteran's Day Special

11/11/13 Robert Lorei
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On this special expanded version of The Last Call, we honor Veteran’s Day by talking about veteran’s health issues and meet some local people who are working to heal the wounds of war.

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Dr. Carol O’Brien came to our studio. She received her Ph.D. in Psychology from the University of Minnesota in 1987. Dr. O’Brien is currently the Chief of the PTSD Programs at the Bay Pines VA Healthcare System. She established the Center for Sexual Trauma Services. The Center includes residential and outpatient treatment programs for female and male veterans who experienced sexual trauma during military service. Dr. O'Brien is also responsible for the Stress Treatment Program which offers residential and outpatient programs for veterans with war-related PTSD and for the Substance Use/PTSD Integrated Recovery Program (SPIR) that provides services for Veterans with PTSD and co-occurring substance abuse.

Bob Blackwood, Chief of Social Work Service at James A. Haley Veterans’ Hospital and Clinics also joins the show. He graduated with a Masters in Social Work in 1994 from University of South Florida. His father was Korean War-era veteran, and Bob worked as a contractor overseas with the Department of Defense in the 1980s prior to working at the Department of Veterans Affairs.

Later, Haywood Pittman the Enrollment Coordinator at James A. Haley Veterans’ Hospital talks about enrollment administrative issues, enrollment concerns and health benefits administration for local VA management officials, Veterans Service Organizations and other issues. He is certified as a Health Benefits Advisor. He has worked at the VA for the past 5 years. Mr. Pittman served with commendation in Desert Storm/Desert Shield as a Petty Officer in the United States Navy.

Mr. Pittman’s career interests include working with veterans to facilitate timely access to quality health care, quickly identifying those in need of services and striving for the highest quality and improvement while providing care.

We also speak with Anthony Hardie who has been actively engaged in veterans affairs professionally and as an advocate during most of the last two decades. He has a particular background on Gulf War illness, and is well versed in issues such as TBI, PTSD, veteran suicides, the VA healthcare system, veterans claims, burn pits and other toxic wounds.

Andrea Assaf, creative director of Art2Action talks about "Creative Arts Reintegration" the Veterans Open Mic night, theatre workshops with the VA-PRRC, and the "Speed Killed My Cousin" project with Carpetbag Theatre.

Lastly, we speak with Greg Para the Courts Assisting Veterans Coordinator in the Sarasota/Bradenton area.

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