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122: “If the family can't be physically together during the holidays, how do we still get that connection?” Managing holiday expectations with Dr. Leah Blain & Joanna Goldstein, LCSW
Episode 2715th November 2021 • Holding Down the Fort by US VetWealth • Jen Amos
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122: “If the family can't be physically together during the holidays, how do we still get that connection?” Managing holiday expectations with Dr. Leah Blain & Joanna Goldstein, LCSW

Dr. Leah Blain & Joanna Goldstein, LCSW join us from the Steven A. Cohen Military Family Clinic at the University of Pennsylvania to help military families prepare for the holidays. Together, they share how they help veterans and military family members make it "back to better," how serving the military community has personally kept them going during the pandemic, and the importance of taking care of your mental health during the holidays.


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