The military and veterans are at greater risk than the general public for developing problem gambling, a serious mental health condition. The Maryland Center of Excellence on Problem Gambling offers active military and Veterans information on problem gambling and how to get help.
Glenn’s Life Timeline
A decorated and dedicated Marine deployed in middle-east danger zones, Glenn finds his life spiraling out of control when he develops a gambling problem and starts engaging in illegal activities to get money for gambling. With overwhelming financial and legal problems, he loses his security clearance and is subsequently court martialed resulting in incarceration. Losing his career, family and friend, at times he’s homeless, living on the street.
Treatment, relapses, and returns to treatment—his gambling disorder is the most dangerous enemy he’s ever confronted. Finally, in a structured VA domiciliary program, Glenn channels his forceful Marine determination and strength towards recovery. “If I wanted to live, I had to stop gambling.” Today, his career as a readjustment counselor for the VA, brings him great rewards in helping others with gambling problems. With renewed trust in himself, Glenn enters into a relationship. With his marriage to Amy, he continues to grow each day alongside his wife, who admires the victories and courage of her marine.
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“I think problem gambling is very difficult to recognize in ourselves. Gambling is something we enjoy doing and so we’re going to be the last person to recognize that we may be having a problem. If you have a gambling problem, if gambling is taking over your life, the most important thing to remember is to ask for help. Asking for help will save you, it will save the people you love, and it can also save your career in the military.”
Nationally Certified Gambling Counselor (ICGC-II)
Certified Peer Support Specialist
Vocational Rehabilitation Specialist
ABOUT THE MARYLAND CENTER OF EXCELLENCE ON PROBLEM GAMBLING
The Maryland Center of Excellence on Problem Gambling (The Center), a program of the University of Maryland School of Medicine and funded by the Maryland Department of Health Behavioral Health Administration, promotes healthy and informed choices regarding gambling and problem gambling by:
This website and videos have been developed by the Center to address problem gambling in the military.