On one level this link has nothing whatsoever to do with PTSD. On another level, it could be a best friend for a traumatized veteran.
With the many challenges of reentry, it is already difficult to answer the question, “What did you do in the service?” A veteran struggling with PTSD might find it nearly impossible.
This concrete tool, developed and promoted by a retired Marine Lieutenant Colonel, works like a translator to turn experiences into résumés that any civilian employer can read.
Fixing the Failed Elevator Pitch: Translating Military Skills for Civilian Employers – NYTimes.com.
A retreat on MST—military sexual trauma—issues is being offered on the weekend of April 12-14 in Shutesbury, Mass.
Project New Hope is a resource that supports military veterans and their families. Unlike other resources focused solely on the vet, Project New Hope considers the veteran’s entire network of loved ones who also are affected by the veteran’s service and re-entry into civilian life.
The April 12 retreat is one of a series being offered this year with different focuses. They include “Gold Star & Survivors,” “Family,” and “Women Vets.” The registration deadline for this retreat is March 31.
The Rev. Todd Farnsworth, pastor of the Belchertown Congregational Church and a retreat presenter, said that “more men than women have signed up so far” for the MST retreat. Mr. Farnsworth will be offering a workshop on the discipline of “Tapping Prayer” as an aid in relieving trauma and anxiety in a spiritual framework.
Details for the MST retreat
Retreat attendance is free of charge for participants. All veterans are welcome. According to the Web site, participants need to bring “twin sheets, blanket (or sleeping bag), pillow, and personal hygiene items to include a towel and appropriate clothing for the season. [You should also bring] medication and inform Project New Hope Inc of any allergies.”
The local blog Middletown Eye posted an article by Col. Stephen Devoto on Letter from Italy, 1944 and the LFI “Community Conversations” series.
You can read the article here.
The growing exposure of MST (Military Sexual Trauma) stirs both heartache and compassion among families and friends.
Truthful numbers are only beginning to emerge. A study cited in this New York Times article says that of homeless (not all) female veterans surveyed, 53 percent said they had experienced military sexual trauma.
This suggests that the injury is an underlying cause of homelessness among a slight majority of female veterans.
MST article in the New York Times
The NYT article profiles several female veterans who have MST. It also offers links to several helpful resources for homeless and traumatized veterans.
Read the article here.
PTSD music therapy can involve very simple tasks. One treatment for PTSD (post traumatic stress disorder) suffered by veterans involves music and guitar. The founder of the program is himself a Vietnam veteran.
National Public Radio (NPR) ran a feature story on Mark Duran, the founder of Guitars for Vets, in July 2011. Here is the story description:
Guitar Heroism: Veterans Fight PTSD With Music
An alternative treatment for veterans suffering the effects of PTSD and traumatic brain injury is growing in popularity, as is its wait list. The PTSD music therapy program, started by a Vietnam veteran, uses the soothing sounds of the guitar to help heal the vivid memory of bomb blasts, gunfire and other lingering symptoms of combat.
Go to the story page (transcript and audio file) by clicking here.
The newsmagazine program 60 Minutes aired a story about a brave Marine veteran whose struggle with PTSD – post traumatic stress disorder – led him to take his own life for reasons that may not be clear at first.
60 Minutes has provided a “landing page” for this story that includes a link to the broadcast itself, a transcript of the story, and other resources.
View the Resource
You can go to the landing page by clicking here.