Supporting our troops, veterans, and their families as they work their way through recovery from PTSD is the reason I am actively engaged on Twitter, Facebook, and other social media venues.
Although I served eight years as a volunteer and staff counselor at the Anchorage Vet Center, I am not a clinician. My comments and observations are based on my own experience of living with combat induced PTSD for the past 40+ years.
When Our Troops Come Home is a FREE ebook that I wrote between 1980 and 1984 as I was working through the first steps in my own recovery from combat PTSD.
When Our Troops Come Home was used in combat debriefing groups at the Vet Center as a way of describing a trail that other combat vets could follow on their own recovery journey.
As I began to see the effects of PTSD on our OIF/OEF troops and veterans I decided that I needed to do something to help our current generation of warriors.
The result was that I posted the two ebooks as FREE downloads at www.scribd.com and began tweeting about combat PTSD.
During the time I was at the Vet Center we formed a group of hard core combat vets. Our purpose was to work through our own issues, and to see if we could make some sense from our experience of combat in Viet Nam.
This combat debriefing group worked together for 15 months. As we shared our experiences we found similar patterns. These patterns, which describe a way of thinking about the traumatization progression of combat, are described in the second FREE ebook, Life After Combat.
Life After Combat is also available as a FREE download atwww.scribd.com
To date approximately 61,000 copies of these two FREE ebooks have been read by our troops, veterans, and their loved ones. I hope that you will find these two ebooks useful.
Ken Jones, PhD
Twitter: @akvet http://twitter.com/akvet
When Our Troops Come Home Website
Business background on LinkedIn:
Alaska Pacific UniversityMaster of Liberal Arts Psych & Anthro, 1981 – 1983
Alaska Pacific UniversityMBA, 1983 – 1984
The Union Institute and UniversityPhD Management Science, 1994 – 1998