ERIC Number: ED214482
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1981-Jun-15
Reference Count: N/A
Readjustment Counseling Programs for Vietnam Veterans. Hearing Before the Subcommittee on Hospitals and Health Care of the Committee on Veterans' Affairs, House of Representatives, Ninety-Seventh Congress, First Session. Parts I and II.
Congress of the U.S., Washington, DC. House Committee on Veterans' Affairs.
Testimonies regarding readjustment counseling programs for Vietnam Veterans, held by the Subcommittee on Hospitals and Health Care of the House of Representatives Committee on Veterans' Affairs, are presented. Views on the way which vet centers are being used, the effectiveness of the centers, and ways in which the service provision of the centers can be improved are presented by representatives of a VA Medical Center, various Vet Centers, veterans associations, and individuals. Stephen B. Levenberg suggests that (1) the Vet Center program use a novel concept in mental health treatment by using trained survivors of a trauma to treat other victims of the same trauma, and (2) that the diagnostic entity of post-traumatic stress disorder did not exist until 1980. Wyche Fowler notes that a large part of the suffering of Vietnam veterans is not only from war experiences but also from the lack of reception they received when they came home. Harry Doughty notes some symptoms that occurred in Vietnam veterans, including the inability to conform to stateside duty, a lack of respect for superiors, marital problems, alcohol and drug abuse, and feelings of isolation. He suggests that not recognizing the Vietnam experience and its impact on the youthful soldiers resulted in alienation among some veterans. However, the Vet Centers have provided veterans with a sense of caring about them as individuals. He suggests that Vet Centers should remain autonomous and outside the VA medical centers. Joseph Gelsomino suggests that in addition to readjustment counseling for the Vietnam veterans, community sensitization to the plight of the veterans had been a part of the whole process. Additional testimonies are presented. (SW)
Descriptors: Alienation, Career Counseling, Counseling Services, Emotional Adjustment, Environmental Influences, Federal Legislation, Federal Programs, Hearings, Higher Education, Human Services, Outreach Programs, Peer Counseling, Public Policy, Rehabilitation Counseling, Stress Variables, Veterans, Veterans Education, Well Being
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Publication Type: Legal/Legislative/Regulatory Materials
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Congress of the U.S., Washington, DC. House Committee on Veterans' Affairs.