Madness : Madness
Enter the Kafkaesque world of America’s famous but notorious Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), where returning soldiers seek a new start to the rest of their lives. Can they overcome the traumas of war, and military service, if they are also at war with the VA? The answer is both No – government bureaucracy can be as formidable a foe as that on any battlefield or in the barracks – and Yes, given veterans’ willingness to face the demons of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), drug addiction and other military-related traumas with the help of fiercely committed social workers, psychologists and healthcare experts. Andrea Plate, author and Licensed Clinical Social Worker, spent 15 years working with America’s wounded warriors. From battlefield to bedside to group talk-therapy, she exposes the human face of war, up close and personal, and some of the most remarkably resilient souls who survived it.
Andrea Plate, a clinical social worker licensed by the state of California, spent 15 years in the trenches of the largest VA compound in America. She was a Senior Social Worker at the West Los Angeles branch of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, within the Veterans Health Administration (VHA). She has degrees from the University of California, Berkeley (UC Berkeley), the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), and the University of Southern California (USC). Andrea teaches “Gender and the Military” at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, where she is also a writing and editing instructor for its Asia Media International website. She has also taught at Fordham University in the Bronx, New York; USC; Santa Monica College; and Mount Saint Mary’s College. She is the author of two non-fiction books and has written magazine and newspaper articles.