January 16, 2005
Linda Greene to talk about Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome
January 02, 2005 [San Marcos Record]
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder touches the lives of many Americans every day.
The Veterans' Administration and mental health agencies estimate that one in six veterans are affected by the disorder. Linda Greene hopes to shine a light on the problem and possible ways to address it
when she speaks to local military veterans here this week.
Greene will talk to the local Chapter 923 of the Vietnam Veterans of America Wednesday in the back dining room of Luby's Cafeteria. Dinner is at 6 p.m. with Greene's presentation at 7 p.m.
Anyone interested is invited too attend the dinner and the presentation.
"Like Agent Orange and our concern for P.O.W./M.I.A.s, the Vietnam Veterans of America has been concerned about the debilitating effect of P.T.S.D. on veterans and their families," said Rod Metzler, president of the local Vietnam veterans organization.
Although the term Post Traumatic Stress Disorder became popular after the Vietnam Conflict, it was known as "shell shock" during World War I and World War II and "combat fatigue" in the Korean Conflict
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder , however, is not limited to the military. It may occur in anyone having lived through a severely stressful situation and is recognized by the American Psychological Association.)
Since 2000, Greene has held the position of the community director of DeGeorge at Union Station, a permanent housing facility for homeless veterans, a division of the Housing Corporation of Greater Houston.
Prior to her directorship with "DeGeorge" Greene worked with the Department of Veterans Affairs Homeless Veterans program in housing for homeless.
A former Red Cross worker during the Vietnam era, Greene has been a member of the Vietnam Veterans of America, Houston Chapter 343, since 1989. Her other affiliations include; Disabled American Veterans Auxiliary, American Legion Auxiliary and the Veterans of Foreign Wars Auxiliary.
She serves on the national advisory board of the Task Force for Homeless Veterans in Washington D.C. She is the founder and current president of Task Force for Houston Homeless Veterans.
She serves as the State Special Advisor from the Texas State Council of Vietnam Veterans of America for veterans incarcerated for the past 10 years and regularly attends weekend meetings and coordinates workshops in various state prisons with veterans incarcerated.
Among her awards are the "Navajo Nation Medal for Valor" in 1993 in recognition of work with homeless veterans in Windowrock, Arizona. She received the "Hear O' Israel International Award."
Greene was inducted into the "Chapel of Four Chaplains Legion of Honor" and in 2003, received their "National Humanitarian Award."
Posted by Nancy at January 16, 2005 10:23 AM