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APA Honors Psychiatrists who Served in Vietnam in Wreath-Laying Ceremony


On Nov. 1, 2018, the American Psychiatric Association held a wreath-laying ceremony at the Vietnam Veteran’s Memorial Wall in Washington, D.C. in honor of the service and sacrifice of psychiatrists who served during the Vietnam War.

About 200 psychiatrists served in the Army, Navy and Air Force during the war, roughly two-thirds of whom were citizen soldiers drafted into service. The only known psychiatrist who was killed during the war was U.S. Army Capt. Peter B. Livingston, M.D.

Dr. Livingston’s widow, Mrs. Cynthia Livingston, was a guest of honor at the ceremony. She was accompanied by APA CEO and Medical Director Saul Levin, M.D., M.P.A., APA President Altha Stewart, M.D., and APA Assembly Speaker Bob Batterson, M.D., to lay a ceremonial wreath under her husband’s name at the Memorial Wall in recognition of his sacrifice at the conclusion of the ceremony.

The event was attended by 150 people, including 17 Vietnam Veterans, veterans from other conflicts, family members, active-duty U.S. Military personnel, and APA Leadership and Assembly members.

The genesis of the event was an action paper that came through the APA Assembly titled “A Call to Recognize and Honor the Psychiatrists Who Served in Vietnam” co-authored by Adam Kaul, M.D., a Representative of the Psychiatric Society of Virginia, and Norman Camp, M.D., an APA member and retired Colonel in the U.S. Army Medical Corps who served in Vietnam.

After the event, a reception was held at APA Headquarters where APA President-elect Bruce Schwartz, M.D., and U.S. Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-Texas) delivered remarks to those in attendance.

View highlights of the Ceremony in the video below:


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