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Give an Hour Newsletter - January 2012

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Issue 15

January 2012

In This Issue

GAH Inaugural Gala

GAH Announces Public Service Campaign

Joining Forces Community Challenge

Provider Spotlight

Apply for Tillman Military Scholarship

Supporting Give an Hour

Dr. Raymond Lorion Honored

Public Forum on Brain Injuries

NASW National Conference

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Mental Health Partners

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With the drawdown of troops in Iraq and Afghanistan and more and more troops returning home, the gap between our military and civilian cultures is becoming more apparent.  There is a definite disconnect between the 2.4 million men and women who have served in Iraq and Afghanistan since 9/11 and the rest of our population. If we assume that each one of the men and women who have deployed have approximately 10 family members and significant others in their lives, then over 20 million Americans have been directly touched by war, while the rest of us don't seem to be feeling the impact or concerned about the consequences.

Is it the military's responsibility to ensure that our public is well educated and engaged during a time of war? Do we civilians have a responsibility to educate ourselves and our children about these issues, so that we share the burden and the cost? It seems that our society did a better job addressing this issue during World War II. At that time, we were one nation at war, and civilians did their part--they sacrificed and they contributed. And everyone seemed to benefit as a result. Perhaps we have something important to learn from the past.

Though much work lies ahead, I am inspired by the people I meet each day and excited by the work we are doing to help bridge this gap in culture and understanding. I hope you are, too.  
Take care,

Barbara Van Dahlen, Ph.D.
Founder and President
Give an Hour™  


Save the date . . .


Give an Hour's Inaugural Gala

May 23, 2012

The Mandarin Oriental
Washington, D.C.


Jean Case, CEO of the Case Foundation
Jennifer Crane, OEF Veteran
Justin Constantine, OIF Veteran
Steve and Cokie Roberts, Masters of Ceremony
For sponsorship information, contact: 
Katherine Wilkins at [email protected]
Click Here for Sponsorship Packet


Give an Hour™ Announces
Public Service Campaign to Raise Awareness about How Citizens can Help Military Families in Their Communities  

Community Blueprint Network Addresses Needs of Military Families


Give an Hour™ is proud to announce the launch of our nationwide public service campaign next month. Our TV and Radio spots will invite Americans to go online to the Community Blueprint Network Web site to get involved in their communities.

People want to help but they may be unclear as to how they can do so.

One of our TV spots focuses on everyday citizens who understand that we owe it to our brave warriors to help them reintegrate into their communities. The other spot introduces real soldiers deployed in the wars sharing their personal stories. Our troops served our country--now it's our turn to help them.  
"We are working to harness the resources available in our communities to support the military families who are left behind when their service members deploy and when they return home," says Dr. Barbara Van Dahlen, founder and president of Give an Hour™. "This kind of support, we've found, is critical to the successful reintegration of military families back into their communities. This initiative will help us to identify vital services, highlight promising practices, and create a comprehensive and coordinated system of care for the men, women, and families who serve our country. Our hope is that these public service announcements will resonate with citizens and direct them to a place where they can learn more about the needs of the military families in their community and how they can help."

The spots will begin to air in late February. Let us know when you hear them in your city. Or, if you can't wait, the videos of the public service announcements are available for downloading here: PSA 1 and PSA 2.

To learn more about the Community Blueprint Network, visit  



Give an Hour™ Named among 20 Finalists in White House's Joining Forces Community Challenge   


Give an Hour™ is one of 20 finalists in the White House's Joining Forces Challenge. 
We are excited and humbled by this honor and ask that you please log-on to vote (daily) and share the following link with your friends and colleagues--via rooftop shout-outs or twitter, facebook, and e-mail:

Finalists are profiled on, where the public will have the opportunity to vote for their favorite--the People's Choice winner.  Public voting and additional judging will take place after finalists are announced and continue into February, when the White House will announce a winner on February 24, 2012.  Winners' profiles will be featured at Champions of Change, the Obama Administration's Web site, where extraordinary community efforts in the areas of innovation and education are celebrated.     





Give an Hour™ Provider Spotlight
Tiffany Smith, Psychotherapist     

Tiffany Smith is a psychotherapist with her own practice in Flower Mound, Texas, and a great deal of experience working with veterans--not only members of the military who served in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars but also World War II veterans. "For a number of years I worked in psychiatric care in both a long-term care facility and a nursing home where many of my patients were veterans of WWII," Tiffany explains. "One lesson I learned was that mental health problems are endemic to every war, particularly symptoms of PTSD. I recall talking to both soldiers and their wives about when they came home from war in the 1940s with 'shell shock,' which is what they called PTSD then." Tiffany says that the WWII veterans described symptoms exactly like what she sees today in soldiers who are young enough to be their grandchildren. "They were emotionally withdrawn, volatile, unable to bond with their kids, unable to sleep. These are the same symptoms soldiers who have seen combat have today."

Tiffany remembers listening to a Marine who had served in the Pacific and who "just wanted to talk with me before he died. He told me how he had been in Hawaii when Pearl Harbor happened and how he had enlisted right away. He described how harrowing and difficult it was when his company landed at Iwo Jima. The water was so rough that some of the men were crushed between the boats as they disembarked and drowned before they even got to shore. He remembered every detail."

Currently it is the wives and mothers of soldiers who have served in Iraq and Afghanistan whom she helps as a Give an Hour™ provider. "One young woman's husband was finishing up basic training and they were both afraid he would be deployed to Afghanistan because he was in the Infantry," she says. "Another of my GAH patients was a mom whose son had committed suicide after returning from war with both PTSD and Traumatic Brain Injury. She had a younger son who I was able to refer to another GAH provider since it was inconvenient for him to come to see me."

Tiffany sees the mental health problems stemming from the current conflicts as only getting worse. "You know the military gives these kids months of training before they deploy, but only a week of training when they are returning to civilian life. It's just not enough when, after several deployments, the soldiers are facing failing marriages and financial problems with full-blown PTSD . . . The system makes transitioning back pretty tough, which is one reason I feel so good about being able to help as many as I can as a Give an Hour™ provider."



Pat Tillman Foundation Accepting
Applications for Tillman Military Scholarships a

The Tillman Military Scholars program supports our nation's active and veteran service members and their spouses by removing financial barriers to completing a degree program of choice. The scholarships cover not only direct study-related expenses such as tuition and fees, but also other needs, including housing and child care.

Since the program's inception, the Pat Tillman Foundation has invested over $2.2 million in financial support. These scholarship funds are just a portion of the Tillman Military Scholar experience, which also focuses on guiding an engaged community and providing essential resources that empower scholars to serve and lead in their local communities and ease the transition from military to civilian life.

The application process for the Tillman Military Scholars opens Monday, February 13, and will remain open until 11:59:59 PM PST on Friday, March 16.

Updated criteria for the program and essay questions can be found on the Tillman Web site:  


aSupporting Give an Hour™   
Give an Hour™ is extremely grateful to our generous sponsors:

  • Aetna Insurance Company  
  • Bristol-Myers Squibb Foundation  
  • Capital One  
  • Case Foundation 
  • Eli Lilly Foundation  
  • HBO 
  • Logistics Health Incorporated 
  • The Rhodes Foundation    
  • Veterans Advantage 
  • Walmart Foundation   

If you are interested in individual or corporate giving, please contact Katherine Wilkins, director of development, at [email protected].

You may also make an online donation here:   Donate to Give an Hour.


aBarbara Van Dahlen Honors
Inspirational Professor

Dr. Raymond P. Lorion, Dean at Towson University, was recently awarded the Elizabeth Hurlock Beckman Award for being an inspirational professor. Lorion was nominated by Dr. Barbara Van Dahlen, founder and president of Give an Hour™, and received his award at the Carter Center in Atlanta.

The Elizabeth Hurlock Beckman Award Trust honored 15 distinguished professors with $25,000 each for inspiring their students. The award was established in 2008 under the will of Gail McKnight Beckman in memory of her mother, Dr. Elizabeth Hurlock Beckman, one of the first female psychology professors at Columbia University. The Beckman award was created to benefit teachers who have inspired their students to make a difference in their communities. The award is given to current or former academic faculty members who have inspired their students to "create an organization which has demonstrably conferred a benefit on the community at large."

For more information or to nominate an outstanding educator, visit


aPublic Forum on Brain Injuries at American Society for Neurochemistry's Annual Meeting

Inside Brain Injury: Making an Impact
Saturday, March 3, 2012
4:00 pm to 6:00 pm

Baltimore Marriott Waterfront
700 Aliceanna St., Baltimore, MD

This free event is open to TBI survivors, family members, caregivers,
advocates, and anyone interested in learning more.

Please join the Society for Neurochemistry for an interactive discussion on concussion and traumatic brain injury. Topics will range from care of the initial injury to rehabilitation and what we are learning from brain scans and pathology.

Visit for more information.


aRestore Hope for Your Clients, Your Community, and Yourself at NASW's 2012 National Conference: Restoring Hope, the Power of Social Work


 This is the first national NASW Conference in  
over a decade! Do not miss this opportunity to participate in a discussion of new ways to incorporate hope and resiliency into your life and work. A portion of the NASW Hope Conference workshops and sessions will focus on social workers that work with members of the military, veterans, and their loved ones. The conference will also cover topics on the power of hope in overcoming trauma and grief.   

Network, obtain new skills and perspectives, learn about best practices, and be inspired to continue your work to help members of the military, veterans, and their loved ones. Social workers also have the opportunity to earn up to 30 CEs. Register today--space is limited.

Participants will enhance their understanding about the clinical and community uses of hope, discuss best practices, and identify topics for future research.

Social work is the profession of hope, and this conference will provide an opportunity for social workers from every area of practice to refocus on the ideal that brought them to the profession in the first place. Social workers recognize the resiliency and strengths in others and build on these to help clients and communities prevent crises and solve seemingly intractable problems.

While hope is a common theme in every field of practice, it is complex and often misunderstood. Hope is not denial, optimism, or simply wishing. True hope is based in reality. It is not passive in nature and does not take only positive factors into account. Hope is a prerequisite for action, and social workers know that hopeless people often become helpless people. Social workers help clients refocus and restore hope, and this conference will explore the numerous ways that participants can incorporate that concept into their work and life.

July 22-25, 2012
Marriott Wardman Park
2660 Woodley Road NW, Washington, DC 20008

For more information, visit:  
or contact [email protected].


aGuilford Thanks Give an Hour™ Volunteers for Their Work
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aMental Health Partners Support  
Give an Hour™ 

Give an Hour™is grateful for the support of all of our mental health association partners. If you represent a mental health association and are interested in learning more about how you can work with Give an Hour™ either nationally or on a local level, please contact [email protected].

American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy 
American Association of Pastoral Counselors 
American Group Psychotherapy Association  
American Mental Health Counselors Association
American Psychiatric Associaton 
American Psychiatric Nurses Association 
American Psychological Association 
Anxiety Disorders Association of America
Mental Health America
National Association of Social Workers 
North American Association of Christians in Social Work
Therapeutic Communities of America