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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

Arkansas

National Guard

“Operational Stress”

Supporting Veterans on Campus

Major General

WILLIAM D. WOFFORD


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Agenda

  • National Guard Missions

    • Federal

    • State

  • Operational Stress

  • Building Resiliency


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Our Dual Mission

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


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Federal Mission

Always Ready…Always There…


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State Missions

Always Ready…Always There…


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Agenda

  • National Guard Missions

    • Federal

    • State

  • Operational Stress

  • Building Resiliency


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Warning Signs

STOP

  • Traffic Signs

  • Stock Market Indicators

  • Leading/Lagging Business Indicators

  • Health Warning Signs:

    • Blood Pressure

    • Cholesterol Count

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Warning Signs

  • Military Warning Signs:

    • Recruiting

    • Maintenance

    • Training

    • Readiness


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Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

  • Walter Reed . . .


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Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

  • Walter Reed . . .

  • Army Community Service

  • Pulaski Tech

  • Guardsmen:

    • Drinking Problems

    • Divorce Rate

    • Suicide

WARNING

SIGNS

IGNORED


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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


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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


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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


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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

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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


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Agenda

  • National Guard Missions

    • Federal

    • State

  • Operational Stress

  • Building Resiliency


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Joint Services Support Branch

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* Family Programs

* Transition Assistance

* Reintegration

* Psychological Health

* Employer Support

* Survivor Outreach

* Military One Source

* Military and Family Life

Consultants


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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 listen to his son whine about being bored

. . . TO LISTEN TO HIS SON WHINE

ABOUT BEING BORED


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. . . TO KEEP A STRAIGHT FACE WHEN PEOPLE COMPLAIN ABOUT POTHOLES


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. . . TO BE TOLERANT OF PEOPLE WHO COMPLAIN ABOUT THE HASSLE OF GETTING READY FOR WORK


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. . . TO BE UNDERSTANDING WHEN A CO-WORKER COMPLAINS ABOUT A BAD NIGHT’S SLEEP


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. . . TO BE SILENT WHEN PEOPLE PRAY TO GOD FOR A NEW CAR


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. . . TO CONTROL HIS PANIC

WHEN HIS WIFE TELLS HIM HE NEEDS TO DRIVE SLOWER


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. . . TO BE COMPASSIONATE WHEN A BUSINESSMAN EXPRESSES A FEAR OF FLYING


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

SEND THEIR KIDS OFF TO SUMMER CAMP


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. . . TO KEEP FROM RIDICULING SOMEONE WHO COMPLAINS ABOUT HOT WEATHER


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. . . TO CONTROL HIS FRUSTRATION WHEN A COLLEAGUE GRIPES ABOUT HIS COFFEE BEING COLD


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. . . TO REMAIN CALM WHEN HIS DAUGHTER COMPLAINS ABOUT HAVING TO WALK THE DOG


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. . . TO BE CIVIL TO PEOPLE WHO COMPLAIN ABOUT THEIR JOBS


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. . . TO JUST WALK AWAY WHEN SOMEONE SAYS THEY ONLY GET TWO WEEKS OF VACATION A YEAR


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. . . TO BE FORGIVING

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


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THE ONLY THING TOUGHER THAN BEING A SOLDIER . . .


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is loving one.


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A GENTLE REMINDER TO KEEP YOUR LIFE IN PERSPECTIVE

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


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THANKS!

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


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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.


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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


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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


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THANK YOU


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