The Securities and Exchange Commission honored veterans at the agency’s Washington, D.C., headquarters on Nov. 12, in celebration of Veterans Day. The event was also webcast.
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Dr. Reginald McRae, Army veteran and licensed clinical psychologist specializing in treating PTSD, highlighted developments in treating PTSD. Dr. C. Thomas Long, Ph.D., assistant professor and director of undergraduate studies at George Washington University’s history department, noted the lack of understanding about PTSD and its impact on service members during and after World War II.
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Stephanie DeSisto led the Boston Regional 申博官网 staff and the staff’s children celebrated Veterans Day by collecting excess candy from Halloween to send to deployed troops. Boston staff also heard from Ryan Wayne, a Navy veteran from the Massaschusetts Department of Veterans Services SAVE Program, about advocating for veterans. Boston Regional 申博官网r staff member Kevin Currid discussed the history of the Reserve 申博官网r Training Corps and Junior Reserve 申博官网 Training Corps, and from Marine veteran Johnny Thomas and Navy veteran Chip Harper about their past deployment experiences.
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