Making Peace With Military Post-Traumatic Stress

Getting Help and Taking Charge of Your Healing

by Doug Nelson

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Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 8/11/2013

Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 5x8
Page Count : 164
ISBN : 9781452581316

About the Book

A Vietnam veteran and career veterans’ counselor who struggles with post-traumatic stress (PTS) tells how to recognize the symptoms of PTS and how to begin the healing process. The veteran and those who care about him/her must understand that:
- he/she is not alone in this struggle
- and that he/she is not crazy.
Post-traumatic stress is a sane person’s reaction to intense or protracted violence. We learn to control the anxiety, hypervigilance and behaviors that tend to interfere with making a living, studying and social functioning.
Making peace with post-traumatic stress means understanding the nature of the beast that followed you home, and knowing what triggers PTS symptoms in you. Making peace means seeking help from Department of Veterans Affairs caregivers who will give you the tools to deal with PTS. The author tells you what to expect from VA Vet Centers, VA Mental Health Clinics, and the trained people who are there to help you.
Additionally, we find that we must make peace with those who love us, with the buddies we left behind, and even with ourselves. The author gives personal insights into these issues. He also draws from personal experience to give practical advice to younger veterans on job searches, education, family financial management, and the veteran’s role in the American political process.
Although money is not a cure for post-traumatic stress, the author walks you through the process of claiming PTS (and other conditions) as VA-recognized disabilities for VA compensation. Examples of stressor statement forms that resulted in successful compensation claims are provided. For Vietnam veterans, an appendix provides information on Agent Orange claims.

About the Author

Doug Nelson is a veteran of the Vietnam War, and has worked with veterans for much of his public service career. He struggles with post-traumatic stress. As a Veterans Services Representative for the six years before his recent retirement, he was called upon to motivate veterans to seek help and to file VA compensation claims.