Blog posts with the tag "Veteran"

Staff Perspective: Reintegration Experiences of Service Members and Veterans - Challenges and Changes!

Erin Frick ,Psy.D.

While there are a variety of challenges during the reintegration process, the most commonly reported ones included determining where to live, career/educational pursuits (i.e., Do I go into the workforce or go back to school? What kind of job do I want now?), and establishing new routines. One thing that most all Service members will say is that the military provides a structure to life that simply isn’t inherently found in a civilian lifestyle. One friend noted, “Going from a set schedule and working outside the home to being a stay-at-home parent and fulltime student has been challenging.” Another noted, “I wasn’t sure if I could do the same job in the same place with the same people year after year.” He indicated that the intrinsic changes associated with military service was one aspect he valued and during the reintegration process he was struggling with fears of stagnancy possible in a traditional civilian career field.

Staff Perspective: Learn More About (FREE) Prolonged Exposure Therapy Training

Jenna Ermold, Ph.D.

CDP, together with National Center for PTSD, recently completed the first of three training events in Prolonged Exposure (PE) with community providers who treat Veterans with PTSD as part of a pilot project funded by the National Center for PTSD. We interviewed Dr. Sonya Norman, director of the VA’s PTSD Consultation Program and Mr. Todd McKee, program manager, who are leading this project.

Staff Perspective: Veterans Day - More than Just a Day Off Work or a Free Meal for Military Families

Erin Frick ,Psy.D.

My husband retired from the U.S. Air Force in 2003 after serving both stateside and overseas for over 20 years. I doubt if he fully understands how much I respect him for his service to our country. We have a 1-year-old daughter and I am excited to see how he will share his military experiences with her. To her, “DaDa” is already her favorite person in the world (which is very hard for a mom to admit), so I imagine she will think even more of him as she learns about his military service. I am so proud to be the wife of a Veteran that I wanted to better understand the origins of Veterans Day and to briefly examine what it might mean to military families

Staff Perspective: Thoughts About the Morality of War - A Marine Veteran Shares His Comments

Mr. Timothy Kudo served in the US Marine Corps from 2006-2011 as a captain and executive officer. He deployed to Iraq in 2009 and to Afghanistan in 2010 to 2011. His writing on Veteran issues, ethics, and public service has appeared in the New York Times, Washington Post, and other publications. Some of his articles have focused on his experiences downrange related to moral transgressions and the morality of war.After reading some of Mr. Kudo’s articles, I sent him questions about moral injury and the moral impact of war. Below are the written responses he provided to me. My hope is that mental health providers gain insight and sensitivity from his candid comments and thus communicate more openly with military clients about this often unspoken topic.  

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