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Arkansas National Guard. “Operational Stress”. Supporting Veterans on Campus. Major General. WILLIAM D. WOFFORD. Agenda. National Guard Missions Federal State Operational Stress Building Resiliency. Our Dual Mission.

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Arkansas

National Guard

“Operational Stress”

Supporting Veterans on Campus

Major General

WILLIAM D. WOFFORD


Agenda

  • National Guard Missions

    • Federal

    • State

  • Operational Stress

  • Building Resiliency


Our Dual Mission

“Maintain properly trained and equipped units available for prompt mobilization for war, national emergency or as otherwise required”


Federal Mission

Always Ready…Always There…


State Missions

Always Ready…Always There…


Agenda

  • National Guard Missions

    • Federal

    • State

  • Operational Stress

  • Building Resiliency


Warning Signs

STOP

  • Traffic Signs

  • Stock Market Indicators

  • Leading/Lagging Business Indicators

  • Health Warning Signs:

    • Blood Pressure

    • Cholesterol Count

3rd Qtr


Warning Signs

  • Military Warning Signs:

    • Recruiting

    • Maintenance

    • Training

    • Readiness



Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

  • Walter Reed . . .

  • Army Community Service

  • Pulaski Tech

  • Guardsmen:

    • Drinking Problems

    • Divorce Rate

    • Suicide

WARNING

SIGNS

IGNORED


Operational Stress / PTSD

  • PTSD is an anxiety disorder after someone has experienced a traumatic event:

    • Combat or Military Exposure

    • Police / Fire / EMT

    • Sexual or Physical Assault

    • Child Abuse

    • Vehicle Accident

    • Natural Disasters

INDIVIDUAL GENUINELY BELIEVES THEIR LIFE OR THE LIVES OF OTHERS ARE IN IMMINENT DANGER


Operational Stress

WHAT DOES IT LOOK LIKE IN THE WORKPLACE AND SCHOOL?

  • Reduced Productivity

  • Inability to Concentrate

  • Decreased Ability to Handle Stress

  • Irritability

  • Disorganization

  • Lack of Emotion

  • Overworking

  • TYPICAL REACTIONS:

  • Denial

  • Macho – Work It Out Alone

  • Alcohol / Drugs

  • Self-Medication









Transition Challenges

  • Changes in the Workplace & School

  • Changes in Technology

  • Personnel / Policy Changes

  • Apprehension

  • Feelings of Guilt for Being Gone

  • Work / School Absence for Medical Appointments


Transition Considerations

  • How would you treat a fellow employee or student who just suffered a tragic emotional event?

  • Death of a Parent / Child

  • Involved in Serious Vehicle Accident

  • Physical Injury

  • Going Through a Divorce

  • ?????????


Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

  • PTSD is not just fallout from the Vietnam war

  • It has been there in every major conflict

  • World War II:

    • 400,00 lives lost to combat and non-combat actions

    • Over 500,00 psychiatric casualties

  • WW I, WW II, Korea: The number pulled off the front lines as psychiatric casualties greater than those that died in combat


Agenda

  • National Guard Missions

    • Federal

    • State

  • Operational Stress

  • Building Resiliency


Joint Services Support Branch

Arkansas National Guard

* Family Programs

* Transition Assistance

* Reintegration

* Psychological Health

* Employer Support

* Survivor Outreach

* Military One Source

* Military and Family Life

Consultants


Operational Stress vs PTSD

  • Time to Decompress

  • Reintegration . . .

    • Pre- / During- / Post-Deployment

    • Health Care

    • Counseling

  • Resiliency Training

  • TAG Philosophy

  • De-Stigmatize Counseling

  • Outreach to Families & Employers


A gentle reminder to keep your life in perspective

A GENTLE REMINDERTO KEEP YOUR LIFEIN PERSPECTIVE


When a soldier comes home he may find it hard

WHEN A SOLDIER COMES HOME,

HE MAY FIND IT HARD . . .







. . . TO CONTROL HIS PANIC BAD NIGHT’S SLEEP

WHEN HIS WIFE TELLS HIM HE NEEDS TO DRIVE SLOWER



. . . TO KEEP FROM LAUGHING WHEN PARENTS SAY THEY’RE AFRAID TO

SEND THEIR KIDS OFF TO SUMMER CAMP







. . . TO BE FORGIVING WEEKS OF VACATION A YEAR

WHEN SOMEONE SAYS HOW HARD IT IS TO HAVE A NEW BABY IN THE HOUSE



is loving one. WEEKS OF VACATION A YEAR


A GENTLE REMINDER TO KEEP YOUR LIFE IN PERSPECTIVE WEEKS OF VACATION A YEAR

AND WHEN YOU MEET ONE OF OUR SOLDIERS OR AIRMEN, PLEASE REMEMBER WHAT THEY HAVE BEEN THROUGH

AND SHOW THEM A LITTLE COMPASSION AND TOLERANCE


THANKS! WEEKS OF VACATION A YEAR

We Appreciate the help and patience you provide our veterans on your campus.


National Guard WEEKS OF VACATION A YEARWarriors

Are you concerned about one of your employees/students?

If they are or have been a Service Member, we are there for you. Please call us to see what assistance may be available.


National Guard WEEKS OF VACATION A YEARWarriors

Extreme Emergency – Dial 911

Local 24-Hour Contacts:

Ronnie Goff(501) 242-1867

Director of Psychological Health

Chaplain (CPT) Jeremy Miller (501) 212-5621

State Chaplain

CPT Tanya Phillips (501) 554-3974

State Suicide Prevention Program Manager


National Guard WEEKS OF VACATION A YEARWarriors

Organizations:

Military One Source(800) 342-9647

Ark. Dept. of Veteran Affairs (501) 370-3820

Vet Center (Little Rock) (501) 324-6395

Vet Center (Fayetteville) (479) 582-7152


THANK YOU WEEKS OF VACATION A YEAR


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