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In the same way terrorism and war dominate the news, they never completely exit a combat soldier’s mind. Once home, some veterans struggle with recurrent nightmares and the inability to sustain jobs or relationships. They will often self-medicate in an attempt to dull the memories of the horrors they experienced during combat.

In an effort to control those devastating effects, Edgardo Padin-Rivera, PhD, has spent decades developing healing techniques to help veterans recognize and manage the specters of war in all their forms.
 
As chief of Psychology Services at the Louis Stokes Cleveland VA Medical Center, Padin-Rivera has the perfect résumé for treating veterans with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). He has a doctorate in psychology from Vanderbilt University and has completed internships at Stanford University and the Veterans Administration (VA) Palo Alto Health Care System. With almost 30 years at the Cleveland VA, he started as a counselor at Veterans Outreach Centers and then transferred to the medical center to specialize in treating substance abuse before assuming his current position in 2004.
 
Possibly his most relevant qualifications, however, aren’t even on his résumé.