Chapter Meetings and H.O.P.E. sessions
are Held at St. Paul's Episcopal Church, East Ave. & Westminster Rd. 14607 Please Enter only through Westminster Rd. door
Tues., Sept. 12--10:15-11:00am Vestry Room
H.O.P.E. (Hearing Other People's Experiences)
Retired audiologist and hearing aid user Joseph Kozelsky MS, abd, CCC/A, moderates a question and answer group where prospective or new hearing aid users can share their hearing loss journeys and learn from others.
Tuesday, Sept. 12 Daytime Meeting in the Parish Hall 11:00am Program begins at noon
Program: "HLAA: Relevant in a changing technological world" With Don Doherty, M/Sgt., USMC, retired
Don Doherty is the current chairman of HLAA's national Board of Trustees. He feels that HLAA is "the greatest organization in the world dedicated to helping people with hearing loss." But there are still too many people with hearing loss who want and need help but don't know about us, the critical work we do or the support we can provide, he adds. His first talk will explore HLAA's national focus and advocacy efforts.
Tuesday Sept. 12 Evening Meeting in the Parish Hall 7:00pm Program begins at 8:00pm
Program: "The invisible veteran with hearing loss" With Don Doherty, M/Sgt., USMC, retired
Doherty's hearing loss occurred while an infantryman in Vietnam. He notes that his military story is not unique. "Today, one in three service members who served in Vietnam, Iraq or Afghanistan has a hearing loss," he comments. As well, hearing loss and tinnitus are the top two disabilities for which veterans receive VA compensation.
After retiring from the Marine Corps as an administrator and counselor, Doherty then joined the Dept. of Veterans' Affairs (VA) working on behalf of people with chemical dependency. The May/June 2017 issue of Hearing Loss Magazine (published by HLAA's national office) carries an extensive autobiography of his hearing loss journey.
Doherty is president of the Virginia Beach VA HLAA chapter and also the Virginia State Chapter coordinator. He is also a member of Hamilton CapTel's Heroes with Hearing Loss program and a certified peer mentor through Gallaudet University's Peer Mentorship Program.