Posttraumatic Stress Disorder, Suicide, and the Lessons of War

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Author Penny Coleman

It is only in the past six years that I have begun to think of myself as a Vietnam war widow. In June of 1970, I met a man who had just returned from Vietnam. We fell in love and were married, but it was not an easy marriage. Daniel was injured in ways I didn't understand and couldn't see. After threatening suicide whenever things got rough, he finally made a serious attempt ...

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The Hearing Testimonies

Penny Coleman testified before the House Committee on Veterans' Affairs :

Examining the Progress of Suicide Prevention Outreach Efforts at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs July 14, 2010.

Penny's 2010 Statement Full testimony

"Hearing on Mental Health for Veterans"
December 12, 2007.

Penny's 2007 Statement - Transcript  

      - Written Submission  

Video Pt. 1 Video Pt. 2

Recent Articles by Penny Coleman:

Veterans Studies: Expanding Notions of “Vet Friendly” to Include the Curriculum
By Penny Coleman, Military Experience and the Arts.   Published: May 20, 2014
Despite the eagerness of colleges and universities to accept the tuition and other benefits that student veterans bring to their campuses, and even despite the well-intentioned efforts of many schools to provide those students with supportive “veteran friendly” environments, veterans remain marginalized in the curriculum.

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Graduate Certificate in Veterans Services:

Empire State College, State University of New York

Penny has been integral to the development of a new on-line graduate certificate in veterans services being offered through Empire State College of the State University of New York. She currently serves as a course developer and faculty member.



This video by Marcia Rock is an in-depth interview with Flashback author Penny Coleman.

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Penny Coleman Interview

Jewish Currents magazine interviewed Penny Coleman in August

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