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Date:11/10/2008

erative that veterans and their families are supported and assisted in accessing appropriate levels of care."

Dr. Carolyn Robinowitz, immediate past president of the American Psychiatric Association, notes "Not all wounds are visible. Post-traumatic stress, depression and other mental health issues can have a devastating effect on those who serve in the military and their families. The American Psychiatric Association (APA) believes it is imperative to provide and expand on mental health support services for returning veterans. This is why we encourage psychiatric physicians to become a part of the Give an Hour network of professionals in providing mental health services to returning military members and their families. I joined the program to make a difference. I recognized how important it is to provide confidential, compassionate care that is available locally for all military, national guard and reserves. The military and Veterans Administration have expanded their programs for mental health and substance abuse treatment, but more needs to be done. Programs such as Give an Hour help veterans to heal the invisible wounds of war."

"The American Psychological Association is proud to support Give an Hour," says Norman Anderson, PhD, CEO and Executive Vice President of the American Psychological Association. "Psychologists and veterans have a long and rich relationship, and we are honored to be part of a program that fosters healing for military members and their families."

"We know that our colleagues in the military community should not respond to this national crisis alone," says National Association of Social Workers' Executive Director Elizabeth J. Clark, PhD, ACSW, MPH. "NASW is proud that nearly one-third of all Give an Hour volunteers are professional social workers. Helping returning troops and their families successfully manage the stress and demands of post-war civilian life makes every community and our nation stronger."

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