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Give an Hour(TM)'s Volunteer Mental Health Professionals Provide More Than $1.4 Million in Services to Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans, Families, and Communities
Date:6/24/2009

and demystify mental health care for those who serve as well as for those who seek to support our troops. Give an Hour(TM) has excellent relationships with the VA, the DoD and several Veterans Service Organizations. Give an Hour(TM) also has the support of the major mental health associations in the United States, including the American Association of Pastoral Counselors, the American Psychiatric Association, the American Psychological Association, the National Association of Social Workers, the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapists, and the Anxiety Disorders Association of America.

"We are very grateful to our generous providers," says Dr. Barbara Van Dahlen Romberg, founder and president of Give an Hour(TM). "While we know how critical our work is to those who serve our country, these numbers help to illustrate the impact we are having. Our survey also revealed that we have many providers who have not yet been contacted by someone in need of assistance. We are working to engage these providers in other ways -- to help educate communities and to promote our services, for example. We still have a great deal of work to do to reduce the stigma attached to mental health care and to normalize the experience of those who experience combat. We are very hopeful that as we educate the public about these issues, more and more returning warriors and family members will feel comfortable coming forward and getting the help they deserve," Dr. Romberg adds.

Mental health professionals interested in joining Give an Hour(TM) can complete an easy online form at www.giveanhour.org. Visitors in need of services can log on and use the zip code finder to locate a provider in their area who meets their needs. If there is no provider in their area, Give an Hour(TM) will locate one.

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