Mental health advocate listed on TIME magazine's most influential
Published: April 20, 2012
WASHINGTON - Time magazine has christened veterans advocate Barbara Van Dahlen the "Mobilizer" and named her to this year's 100 most influential people list.
She's a tireless champion for veterans and servicemembers having access to mental health services. When the psychologist learned that they struggle to get treatment through official channels — or were hesitant to use the military and Department of Veterans Affairs systems — she rallied the private sector to step up.
Through her organization, Give an Hour, she has mobilized thousands of mental-health professionals to volunteer countless hours of counseling for those in need, at a time when there is a critical shortfall in the military and throughout our country.
Retired Adm. Mike Mullen, the former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, wrote her story for the magazine.