Bonnie Gorman – Board Member: Bonnie Gorman RN, MS, is a nurse and social worker with over 50 years of experience in health, mental health and human services. Bonnie was a combat support Navy nurse during the Vietnam War (1965-1970). She worked in the Vietnam Medical Air Evacuation Hospital network caring for thousands of Vietnam veterans. She also founded a Vietnamese medic training program. She is also a Gold Star Sister. Bonnie’s brother Paul Gorman, a U.S. Marine, was killed in action in Khe Sanh, Vietnam in July 1968. As a result, her mother had a massive heart attack and became totally disabled until her death.
Bonnie returned from Vietnam and worked with Vietnam Veterans Against the War; She also has worked to end ongoing wars by joining forces with Veterans for Peace, Gold Star Families for Peace, Military Families Speak Out, Mass Peace Action, and others over the last 50 years. She has also strongly advocated for drastic improvement in veterans’ health and mental health care, women veterans’ care, improvements to suicide prevention, and increased education about Post Traumatic Stress and Military Sexual Trauma.
Sadly Bonnie’s nephew Mike, a U.S. Marine, died by suicide over the holidays in 2017, as a result of PTSD. He also leaves his wife and four children to cope with his loss.