Angela Peacock, MSW

Angela Peacock served in the US Army from 1998-2004 and was medically retired after one tour in Iraq. She was medicated for PTS since that time, going on and off benzodiazepines several times under a doctor’s care until coming off for the final time in January 2016. She holds a bachelor’s of science in psychology and graduated in May 2019 from Washington University in St. Louis- Brown School of Social work with a masters in social work. As a 2019 Veterans of Foreign Wars- Student Veterans of America, Legislative Policy Fellow, she is advocating for change in Benzo policy at the Department of Veterans Affairs. She is embarking on a community outreach effort to improve medication and health literacy among military veterans and their family members.

Media

 

Subject in Documentary Medicating Normal, Winter 2019

After finding her way back to health, St. Louis vet counselors others on dealing with trauma, KMOV, November 6, 2019

Finding Someone You Can Trust is Instrumental, Dave Spiva, October 1, 2019

Our Stories, House of Whiskey Tango Foxtrot Podcast, April 19, 2019

The Challenge of Going Off Psychiatric Drugs, Rachel Aviv, The New Yorker, April 1, 2019

#BorneTheBattle 128: Student Veteran of the Year finalists Angela Peacock, Kyle Venable and Carlos Caro, Timothy Lawson, Veteran’s Affairs, January 10, 2019

Guest Blogging

The Many Battles of Benzo Injury: Jean’s Story, Mad In America, August 26, 2019

What I’ve Learned as a Veteran-Avocate, Student Veteran’s of America

Three Suicides: Honoring Lives Lost to Benzodiazepines, Mad in America, July 10, 2017

Blogs

Recent studies show that long-term use of benzodiazepines is correlated with serious memory deficits, falls, dependence and other health problems. Once ...
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