A New Challenge Coin Program for Veterans with PTSD

1
1923
Front and back of the new Challenge Coin

by Carri-Ann M. Gibson, MD and A. Michael Gibson

 

The James A. Haley Veterans’ Hospital in Tampa, Florida has started a new Challenge Coin Program for the Veterans served in our Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Clinical Program.

The challenge coin has been an American military tradition for almost 150 years. All major campaigns, going back to the Civil War, show evidence of the use of the challenge coin. Today, each military coin symbolizes unit identity and shows the pride and lineage of belonging to such a unit.

The challenge coins were designed by Dr. Carri-Ann M. Gibson, a physician at the James A. Haley Veterans’ Hospital, and her husband, A. Michael Gibson, a graduate of the United States Military Academy and CEO of G2 Fuel Technologies. The program was funded by Peter Martin, CEO of Ameripack Inc., and the challenge coins were produced by Ben Baar, CEO of B&R Tactical Corporation. Retired Major General Hawthorne L. “Peet” Proctor, a Vietnam Veteran, brought all parties together to make this project possible.

For our Veterans with PTSD receiving mental health services, receiving the challenge coin upon completion of PTSD treatment acknowledges a Veteran’s journey to recovery and validates their struggles as well as their dedication to continue forward.

It is important for VA employees to understand and appreciate the meaning and value of a challenge coin. We hope that sharing this outstanding program within our VA community will lead to more VA facilities and PTSD clinical programs offering this valuable military tradition in recognition of those who have borne the battle.

 

ATTENTION READERS

We See The World From All Sides and Want YOU To Be Fully Informed
In fact, intentional disinformation is a disgraceful scourge in media today. So to assuage any possible errant incorrect information posted herein, we strongly encourage you to seek corroboration from other non-VT sources before forming an educated opinion.

About VT - Policies & Disclosures - Comment Policy
Due to the nature of uncensored content posted by VT's fully independent international writers, VT cannot guarantee absolute validity. All content is owned by the author exclusively. Expressed opinions are NOT necessarily the views of VT, other authors, affiliates, advertisers, sponsors, partners, or technicians. Some content may be satirical in nature. All images are the full responsibility of the article author and NOT VT.
Previous articleNew Social Networking Effort Benefits Gulf War Veterans
Next articlePrescription Refills? Hang Up and LOG ON!