Fairfield professor and post traumatic stress disorder expert inducted into the Connecticut Veterans Hall of Fame

Doris LippmanDoris Troth Lippman, professor of nursing at Fairfield University, is a new member of the State of Connecticut Veterans Hall of Fame, an honor she received after years of working tirelessly to improve the healthcare and welfare of veterans. Lippman, who served in the U.S. Army Nurse Corps in Japan from 1967 to 1968, is an expert in post-traumatic stress disorder.

The Westport resident and longtime Fairfield faculty member was one of just 11 state residents inducted this year into the Veterans Hall of Fame, which was created five years ago to recognize the post-military achievements of outstanding veterans. Governor M. Jodi Rell believes this is a critical time in state history to have this honor in place as more than 12,000 Connecticut citizens have performed military service since September 11, 2001.

"These individuals not only answered the call of their nation, they have answered the call of their communities," Governor Rell noted of the Class of 2010 inductees. "It is what they have done beyond their military service that truly sets them apart as individuals worthy of this special honor. The example they have set, the courage they have shown and the public service they have given is most worthy of the respect and admiration of all Connecticut citizens."

One of Dr. Lippman's primary roles as a faculty member involves educating Fairfield nursing students at the VA Hospital in West Haven, Connecticut. There, as part of the School of Nursing's 'VA Nursing Academy' partnership with the Veterans Affairs Connecticut Healthcare System, she teaches nursing students to care for veterans suffering from psychological conditions and injuries usually related to being soldiers in a war zone. The partnership is part of a national pilot program coordinated by the United States Department of Veterans Affairs that aims to improve the nursing care of veterans.

Widely published in the area of veterans' healthcare, Lippman is past president of the Connecticut Nurses Association, and a member of the VA's New England regional Mental Health Veteran and Family Advisory Council. She also is a member of the board of directors of Homes for the Brave in Bridgeport, which locates housing for homeless veterans. Lippman has also been active in the area of domestic violence prevention including serving on the Bridgeport mayor's domestic violence task force. She was instrumental in the development of the Vietnam Women's Memorial in Washington, D.C., serving as vice chairperson and secretary. She is currently writing a book on the history of the memorial.

Lippman, who has received numerous accolades for her work on behalf of veterans, including being named Connecticut Post Woman of the Year, earned degrees from Columbia, Cornell and Fairfield Universities.

Photo: Governor M. Jodi Rell inducted Doris Troth Lippman, professor of nursing at Fairfield University, into the State of Connecticut Veterans Hall of Fame at a ceremony in the Legislative Office Building in Hartford.

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Media Contact: Meg McCaffrey, (203) 254-4000, ext. 2726, mmccaffrey@fairfield.edu

Posted on December 1, 2010

Vol. 43, No. 133

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