Don Doherty is a retired Marine Corps combat Veteran (1965 – 1987) who lost his hearing in Vietnam. He has worn hearing aids since June 1970. He has worked for the Department of Veterans Affairs for the last 22 years, and is currently the Education Specialist for the National Chaplain Training Center which serves over 1100 Department of Veterans Affairs Chaplains at over 153 Veterans Affairs Medical Centers nationwide. His specialties include education, chemical dependency, mental health, posttraumatic stress and compassion fatigue.
Don has many years of experience working with different boards and organizations in Virginia. He is the former American Academy of Medical Administrators state director for the states of Virginia and West Virginia; two term Commandant, Senior State Vice Commandant, and State Judge Advocate for the Marine Corps League; former Chair of the Virginia State Standards of Practice Committee; former member Board of Directors for the Virginia Council on Alcoholism; and former member of Virginia Attorney General’s Task Force to Combat Illegal Drug Use in Virginia. Don received the Chapel of Four Chaplains Legion of Honor Award in 1997 in recognition of his record of community service.
Currently Don is a member of Hamilton CapTel’s “Heroes with Hearing Loss” program; HLAA Virginia Beach Chapter President, and HLAA Virginia State Coordinator. He is also currently enrolled in the Gallaudet University two-year certificate program in Peer Mentoring.
Don graduated with a Bachelors of Psychology from Alvernia College in Reading, PA. He also holds a Master’s degree in Education and Human Development and an Education Specialist degree in Higher Education, both from George Washington University. He is married, has one daughter, and resides in Moyock, NC. Don was appointed to the HLAA Board of Trustees in May 2014.