Holiday stress can be even worse for combat veterans
Free book offers help
- Duration 4:53
- Date Dec 24, 2012
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Welcome back in the holiday season.
It can be incredibly tough for our troops returning from war making Kelly recently spoke with a Doctor Who has made it her mission.
To help them here's that conversation.
Well a new effort to help US veterans whose combat experiences.
Can make this time of year very difficult for some one -- offering free help now with the new book is called taming the fire within.
Life after war.
Doctor and throwing is the author and she's a clinical psychologist and has devoted her life to working.
With vets at the VA this -- -- -- VA endorsed the book but good for you.
And I can say that because my own mom to -- her life to working with that's a community and in psychiatric nursing but.
The committee for reading this -- why what why is there a need for a book -- -- post traumatic stress disorder.
As it's known now.
And what are you trying to tell the -- Well I think anybody -- is involved in war is very deeply affected and nobody -- unscathed.
And one of the problems that that the troops and their families now after coming home.
Really -- fully prepared.
-- for what to expect that's far from the natural post combat reactions which occur.
Which is little different than post traumatic stress disorder and he and I think it's important to make that if.
And can be -- and they don't wanna get that label later wanted to exact will be identified as having as you can have a a post.
Combat experience that has some signs it may concern you is of that and it doesn't mean you have this PT SD.
Exactly it -- right.
And that's that's what my book does that really kind of explains -- very easy to understand language.
About you know what combat veterans and their families can really expect and -- natural -- -- that probably anybody would expect.
So hard for them to -- because they he's -- these are tough guys.
You know I mean a lot of and brought -- the military families and they're raised to be brave and courageous and go and fight for us -- do without question.
And -- -- there you know in in the military in combat for goodness sake and they come back.
It's such a change in lifestyle such a change of position they've been through a lot.
And only teaches you how to process that.
Exactly and that that's exactly what's very important for the families to understand.
As well because it's really a struggle for all of them and they get back and I I think that we need to reach out and providing information to them and that's that's what this book is about what is the hardest part for them.
Well I think -- so many things but you know to cut to go from being on that high level of stress.
And always having to be ready for any -- bad to happen and looking for roadside bombs.
All of that kind of thing it's difficult to come back down from going a hundred miles an hour to go back -- You -- ten miles an hour and then -- and then when they're back here with a back stateside how does that manifest itself.
Well a good example would be like as a veteran coming back.
Would probably be very tense while they're driving because they're looking for you know trash and looking for objects by the -- of the red.
That would you know would have and I -- had ever seen -- -- -- imports from -- understand if that's a -- aired a ball.
Our mom if all of them were terrible -- their drive me if I would have something to do with.
That -- it doesn't mean that there are sick or their forever changed it's an adjustment period that our soldiers are gonna go through when they come back home.
Exactly and I think it's so important factor statements that that we can.
Kind of get real -- talking about whether the natural reactions that people have so people aren't embarrassed or ashamed to talk about that and they reluctant to get mental health.
Help enough therapy psychiatric.
Well I think I think the -- -- a lot to do it that yes.
Because they -- can suggest that it might be a weakness when in reality it's not a weakness it's not that.
That the individuals defective because after talking to veterans from all.
-- -- -- There -- the reactions are pretty much defend him.
And it's it's a natural thing and that's that's what my whole point is to try to fight the statements that we can talk openly and start you know at halftime but it just.
Another way of solving problems and that's what these guys do I -- they go over -- solve problems the most dangerous situations we have.
And and there's so they're in a -- expert that so when they come back this is just another means of of solving the problem of readjusting.
And it can be done with with counseling you can we don't support of a family but you're.
Your goal is to have not just to the vets but their families read this book.
So they all know how to support our returning veterans and and make it a smoother easier more healthy transition.
Exactly and knowledge is power -- -- market can educate themselves about what they're dealing with so so I I -- I love that its fleet who writes a free book these days you're -- -- -- how -- they get it.
Thinking that's WW -- Tribute to the trips dot com and download a free copy and because I -- -- -- just so important.
At that our society really step up and support our combat veterans and their fans aren't good for you good for you for thinking about them and do in this it's playing and you know you thanks for being here -- -- With us.