Veterans’ Lived Experiences Series: Substance Misuse

The Veterans Health and Wellness Foundation (VHWF) in partnership with the George Mason University’s (GMU’s) Military, Veterans and Families Initiative (MVFI) presents at 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm EST on 12 January 2020 – the next topic in our Veterans’ Lived Experiences Series:

Substance Misuse

About this Event: Veterans struggle with alcohol and drug use problems at higher rates than non-veterans. Some of these struggles are linked with higher rates of PTSD, chronic pain and other disorders. In this installment of the “Veterans’ Lived Experience” webinar series, the Veterans Health and Wellness Foundation and Mason’s MVFI are partnering to bring you one veteran’s story of struggle with substance misuse. Dr. Patti Ferssizidis, a licensed clinical psychologist with expertise in substance use disorders prevention and treatment, Clifton Lewis, Executive Director for U.S.VETS — Washington D.C. and our guest Veteran will discuss his journey. Resources on where to find help will also be provided.

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Once registration is complete, you will receive an automatic confirmation email with the zoom log in. Please contact Lesley Irminger, if you have questions on the registration. For questions on the webinar, please contact Keith Renshaw (

Be sure to check out all of our Veterans’ Lived Experiences Series.

Opening of Premire Health Express Urgent Care

In August 2018 the Veteran Health and Wellness Foundation (VHWF) in collaboration with local partners helped to open the new Veteran-owned Premier Health Express Urgent Care in Columbia, Maryland, that continues to expand in both services and locations.

Mr. “Jay” Parekh (ADG) with PHEUC Founders –
Dr Ofundem Nokuri and Dr Samuel Nokuri

Far Left: Mr. Mody (ADG) ,
L to R for VHWF: Ms. Fowler, Mr. Sims, Mr. Szejniuk, Dr. Lewis and Mr. Simonelli
Special Guest:
Mr. Ron Steptoe
VHWF Executive Director:
Mr. Terron Sims, II