Education & Training

Emerging Issues: Returning Veterans, PTSD and Other Injuries, and Their Impact on the Criminal Justice System

Lieutenant Colonel (LTC) David Rabb is currently assigned the Western Regional Medical Command at Fort Lewis, WA and attached to the VA Palo Alto Health Care System. As the Western Region Medical Command VA Military Liaison, LTC Rabb’s goal is to facilitate the continuity of care and joint operations between Military Treatment Facilities, Warrior Transition Units, Army Community Based Hospital Community Organizations and VA Medical Centers/Polytrauma Rehabilitation Centers to ensure that Warriors in Transition’s clinical and administrative needs are addressed. Strategically located at the Palo Alto VA Medical Center, LTC Rabb’s area of operations extends through five states (Alaska, Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Nevada and California). He has been serving as the Western Region Medical Command VA Military Liaison since July, 2007.

LTC David Rabb has over 27 years of Federal employment. In his civilian job, LTC Rabb is the Executive Assistant for the VHA Under Secretary for Health Diversity Advisory Board. He has served in this position since 2002. The goal of the USH Diversity Advisory Board is to help create and capitalized on a diverse workforce by addressing issues affecting diversity in the workplace and to advise the Under Secretary for Health and key VHA Senior Management on issues affecting workplace diversity, thereby, ensuring VHA becoming an employer of choice.

Prior to becoming the Executive Assistant for the Under Secretary for Health Diversity, LTC Rabb was the Supervisor for the Primary Care Social Work Section at the Minneapolis VA Medical Center. His direct clinical practice and experience in Social Work included working with veterans and their families in a variety of settings: inpatient and outpatient medical units, intensive care, urgent care/emergency room, HIV/AIDS Clinic, drug dependency treatment program, mental health clinic, psychiatric day-hospital, and the VA Contract Nursing Home/Residential Care Program. He has worked at the Hines VA Hospital and interned at the Jesse Brown (Westside) VAMC in Chicago.

Having served four years of active duty as infantryman in the United States Marine Corps, LTC Rabb has completed 20 years in the United States Army Reserves. From 1989 to 2007, he served in the 785th Medical Company, Combat Stress Control (the last four years in the unit, he served as the Commander). The primary mission of the 785th is to provide combat stress control services and treat soldiers with combat stress, grief and loss, and battle fatigue. The unit returned from a one-year deployment in Iraq in February, 2005. Due to his unit many accomplishments in Iraq, his unit earned the U.S. Army Meritorious Unit Citation. For his leadership, LTC Rabb is the receipt of the Bronze Star Medal.

LTC Rabb is a graduate of Illinois State University where he received his bachelor’s degree, and the University of Chicago, where he received his master’s degree in Clinical Social Work. He completed the VA Social Work Leadership Training Program in 1995 and Leadership VA Executive Training in 2006. He is a graduate of the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College. In 2005, LTC Rabb was the recipient of the National Association of Social Workers, Minnesota Chapter, Social Worker of the Year Award. LTC Rabb is married to Kimberly Rabb (Elementary School Teacher) and is the proud parent of Zora (age 17), Jonathan (20), and two step children, Mandy (age 21) and Zachary (age 23).

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