If you’ve somehow been led to believe that the psychological services we provide to our veterans is outdated and sub-par, then you haven’t med Don McCasland. Don is someone I’ve wanted back on this podcast for quite some time. He’s an inspiring blend of warrior, therapist and healer. A combination one doesn’t come across very often, yet one that is vital when it comes to healing our returning vets who’ve been traumatized.
Don McCasland, LMSW-CCTP, retired from the US Army after more than 21 years of service in August 2009. He served in Desert Shield/Desert Storm as well as 3 Tours in Iraq with the 101st Airborne Division. After seven years of unresolved PTSD, survivor’s guilt, and contemplating suicide Don began to lose control of his life. He finally sought out counseling, and came to grips with his soul wound.
Don is now a Readjustment Counselor with the Vet Center in Clarksville, TN and works with survivors of combat-related trauma and military sexual assault. Don’s wife is an LMSW, and his daughter is a BSW and will earn her MSW this Spring.
- You don’t have to have been in combat to work with veterans. Be the best you that you can be. Be genuine.
Don’s Go-To Books
- Warrior’s Return: Restoring the Soul After War, Edward Tick
- Don’s interview in episode 42 of The Trauma Therapist | Podcast
- Don’s email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- The Functional Veteran Blog
- Don on Twitter: @functionalvet