DDA Veterans Page

Just for today in DDA.

“You protected us, now we support you!”

DDA was founded by a highly decorated veteran, Corbett Monica. After serving in the Vietnam war, like other veterans returning to home only find anguish, trauma, and remorse. After suffering from severe PTSD, OCD, survivors guilt, and addictions Corbett found a way to transcend from destructive means with the inception of Dual Diagnosis Anonymous (DDA) providing hope and recovery through our peer support which is now his legacy.

Culturally responsive DDA’s Veterans meetings are intended to provide a safe venue to be open about depression, post-traumatic stress, alcohol and drug use, abuse, and addiction as well as serve as a resource for navigation of the telehealth system, It will encourage healthy solutions for adapting to the changing times. Specifically. the project will Improve access for Veterans and military service members to dual diagnosis services through the creation of on-line recovery support groups and on-line DDA meetings.

This project will serve Veterans throughout the state and is beginning outreach through Veterans publications, local newspapers, the VA, Veterans websites, list services, and anything else that will help identify Oregonians who can use the services.

We honored to have Patrick Wright join the DDA family as our Veterans Support Specialist. Patrick Wright was born and raised along the Oregon Coast. He spent most of his life in Coos Bay, graduating from Marshfield High School in 1997.  After graduation, he joined the United States Marine Corps and completed three combat deployments to Iraq during his 14 years of honorable service as an infantry unit leader.  Upon completion of his service, Patrick, like many of our heroes, felt lost and abandoned.  He spent two years homeless struggling with post-traumatic stress and suicidal ideations. At his darkest moment, a fellow Marine, Aaron Quinonez, showed Patrick a way to heal and grow through service to the community. Patrick also works as the Executive Director of Operation Rebuild Hope, a program in Southwest Oregon helping to provide housing to Veterans. Check out their website here: Veterans serving veterans | Operation Rebuild Hope | United States.

Patrick Wright, DDA Veteran Support Specialist

View our Lund Report Article here!

More Ways to Connect

Join our Zoom Meetings

PLEASE NOTE THESE MEETINGS ARE ON HOLD UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE. IF YOU NEED SUPPORT PLEASE CALL OUR CENTRAL OFFICE OR VISIT ANY OF OUR OPEN MEETINGS LISTED AT https:ddainc.org/online-meeting-links

Join our Private Online Group

DDA Veterans Resource Group and Chatroom: www.facebook.com/groups/345810496697764

Other Resources

Veterans Crisis Line: https://www.veteranscrisisline.net/

It brings us great sorrow to announce that Ed Howard, DDA Veterans Outreach Specialist passed in his sleep at the end of December 2020. As of yet, we have very few other details. We are doing our best to share this somber news with as many of Ed’s friends and colleagues as possible, and as we know, Ed’s network of friends and colleagues is far reaching and diverse. Please feel free to let others know. Sorry to be the bearer of such sad news.

RIP Ed Howard, friend and mentor to many