Easterseals Celebrates Women Veterans Day
This Women Veterans Day, we recognize the women of all ages, ranks, and backgrounds who have served in the United States military and the unique challenges they face.
We are proud to honor the women veterans we have on our team. Like every woman veteran you may cross paths with, they love talking about their experience serving this nation, and how proud they were to wear the uniform.
Dr. Anneke Vandenbroek, Ph.D., ABPP, Director of The Steven A. Cohen Military Family Clinic at Easterseals, is a veteran of the United States Army Medical Service Corps. She is also a board certified licensed clinical psychologist, with over 20 years of experience working with military service members in the treatment of PTSD, depression, anxiety disorders, and other behavioral health disorders. “Women Veterans Day is one of personal importance to me,” says Dr. Vandenbroek. “Women have a long and often unrecognized history of military service to our nation, yet they are the fastest growing subset of the veteran population. Women serve in every branch of the military and in multiple military occupational specialties and roles. I am grateful to come to work every day and make a difference in the lives of some of these incredible servicemembers. The Cohen Clinic recognizes their courage and sacrifices they made to fuel our freedoms.”
Additionally, Outreach Manager Mallary Lass served more than eight years with the U.S. Air Force as a mental health technician. She was one of the first mental health technicians in the Air Force to work in the Behavioral Health Optimization Program in Primary Care.
Here at the Cohen Clinic at Easterseals, we are committed to creating safe, welcoming environments for women veterans and their families. They deserve to be seen, respected, and recognized - and this includes acknowledging their unique needs.
Women veterans are more likely than their male counterparts to be caretakers for children or other family members, something further exacerbated by the pandemic; making convenient, local, and afterhours health care options essential. Our clinic offers convenient hours and childcare options to ensure women veterans and their families have access to behavioral healthcare when they need it. Furthermore, our telehealth services provide high-quality, confidential care through secure video conference for those clients unable to visit their therapist at the clinic. “A session can be conducted during nap time for parents who are home with young children, or over a lunch hour,” adds Dr. Vandenbroek.
Women veterans may also be disproportionately affected by military sexual trauma, post-traumatic stress disorder, sexual harassment, and gender discrimination. Our team of clinicians screens all clients for PTSD and military sexual trauma, “To help someone overcome past trauma and reduce their symptoms of PTSD so that they can get back to enjoying more of their life is part of the reason I do this work,” says Dr. Vandenbroek. We also have staff certified in treatment of PTSD, including many with extensive experience in treating sexual trauma.
This Women Veterans Day, and every day, all of us at The Steven A. Cohen Military Family Clinic at Easterseals honor the sacrifices women veterans have made for our country by recognizing and celebrating their service.