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Solving Veteran Issues with Research & Resources!!

The Veteran Doctor is a site for anyone interested in Veteran-centric topics. Veterans have dedicated their lives to serving our country, so it is our turn to serve them as they transition back into civilian lives. Veteran Doctor One has discovered that veterans lack knowledge of the availability of resources and how to properly navigate the system upon exiting military service. The Veteran Doctor's purpose is to help fill this knowledge gap and guide veterans to the resources and information they so deserve.



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Dodging the Shrink


"Dodging the Shrink" is an enlightening exploration of the evolving landscape of mental health care, focusing on veterans seeking alternative therapies to address their unique psychological challenges. The Veteran Doctor recognizes the limitations of traditional clinical psychology for some individuals; this ground-breaking work delves into the myriad of reasons why veterans turn to non-conventional treatments, examining factors such as personal preferences, dissatisfaction with traditional care, and the appeal of holistic approaches.


Drawing on in-depth interviews, case studies, and the latest research, the Veteran Doctor uses this book to investigate various alternative therapies, from mindfulness and meditation to equine therapy and acupuncture. It evaluates their effectiveness, potential risks, and benefits, providing a comprehensive and balanced perspective on these often-misunderstood treatment modalities. It also provides valuable resources that will help the veteran make an informed decision on the desired direction of choice.


The Veteran Doctor wrote "Dodging the Shrink" to additionally address the role of societal factors, including celebrity endorsements, word of mouth, and financial considerations, in shaping veterans' mental health care choices. The book highlights the importance of a collaborative, integrated approach to mental health care that embraces both evidence-based clinical psychology and carefully selected alternative therapies tailored to each individual's specific needs and preferences.


Ultimately, "Dodging the Shrink" is an empowering and insightful resource for veterans, their families, mental health professionals, and anyone interested in understanding the diverse pathways to healing and well-being. The Veteran Doctor invites readers to look beyond conventional mental health care and embrace the power of empathy, curiosity, and hope as we strive for a more compassionate and inclusive future.


Veteran Resources & Transition Guide

Research, Knowledge, and Resources for Transitioning into Civilian Life and Beyond! The Veteran Doctor shows the current problem in our society, demonstrating that many veterans, when transitioning out of the military, do not have the knowledge, training, or resources to reintegrate into civilian society properly in their efforts to survive. They do not know where to go, or what to do, and do not even have a plan to survive in the civilian world. The Veteran Doctor wrote this guide to educate, provide evidence and research, and provide knowledge and resources to veterans in an effort to gain a better understanding of the dynamics of veteran issues and help veterans understand and survive their transitional experience after military separation. The Veteran Doctor's purpose for the Veteran Reintegration Guide is to provide a ONE STOP or QUICK REFERENCE source of Research, Knowledge, and Resources for veterans to easily reference in the effort to help educate veterans on the issues, challenges, and process of transitioning out of the military, what to do once they get out, develop a plan, and provide resources to help make life a little easier during and after that experience. Additional information has been added for SURVIVORS BENEFITS to help surviving widows, a MILITARY 101 CLASS to help educate the civilian workforce on military culture and lifestyle, VETERAN EMPLOYMENT to help transition into the civilian workforce, VETERAN SPOUSE TRANSITION resources (because you are not alone), VETERAN SUICIDE (a very serious issue), VA HOME LOANS and BENEFITS to make that process easier, and 1000’s of RESOURCES to help make life as veteran a little easier. The Veteran Doctor's additional intent in this guide is to make it a living document by taking input from readers and providers on information and resources and providing annual updates to veterans on the ever-changing and developing process of transitioning and resources. 


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Being a Veteran isn't easy!

You don't have to do it alone.


As Veterans, we must navigate many issues, obstacles, and challenges when we get out of the military and transition back into civilian life. So it would be nice to have a place, or someone, to whom we can ask questions or for advice to help guide us through these challenges. The Veteran Doctor wants to provide such a service to Veterans, Family, and Friends. So how does this service work, you ask? Well, it is a membership-type service. There are two membership levels: BASIC (advice only) and EXPERT (advice with resources). You pay a nominal monthly fee and get advice back by email within 24-48 hours. There are additional benefits to membership, like future content that will be released throughout the year, like articles, resources, and interesting information. If this interests you, please click the link below and join The Veteran Doctor in this new adventure.


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Dr. John Heintzelman

The Veteran Doctor seeks to research and discuss current Veteran centric topics that analyze current cultural, political, and legal issues by carefully defining terms, making the best arguments for each side, and landing wherever the facts demand.

Dr. John Heintzelman is The Veteran Doctor and a Las Vegas-based Retired Combat Airborne Infantry Veteran, Technical Writer/Graphic Illustrator, Sports and Performance Psychologist, Research Psychologist, FAA licensed Drone pilot, and published author. With a passion for thoughtful research and free speech, The Veteran Doctor draws on his real-world experience to discern the modern veteran issues that challenge today's culture and propose potential and realistic solutions and compromises to these issues. He welcomes suggestions and criticism and can be reached through the contact form.


Our mission at Veteran Doctor is to provide exceptional transitional support to veterans and their families in a compassionate and respectful manner. We aim to be a trusted partner in promoting overall wellness and improving the quality of life for those who have served our country. Through the Veteran Doctor's dedication to excellence, integrity, and innovation, we strive to be a leading provider of veteran-centric resources and to create a community where every veteran feels valued and supported. The Veteran Doctor believes every veteran deserves the highest level of resources and is committed to delivering it with the utmost professionalism, expertise, and empathy.


This podcast has been recorded and made available by Veteran Doctor, solely for informational purposes. Veteran Doctor is not providing or undertaking any clinical, professional, financial, economic, legal, or other advice by way of this podcast. The statements, information, ideas, opinions, comments, or views provided in this podcast are general in nature, and such messages, information, ideas, opinions, comments, or views, and the receipt of this podcast by any listener, is not intended to be and should not be construed as a provision of clinical psychology advice by Veteran Doctor, to that listener or will any listener ever be considered a client or customer of Veteran Doctor. 


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This document was last updated on December 10, 2020


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