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Commander’s Comments. Colonel Dave Hall, USAF (ret) May 13, 2008. Stigma Keeps Troops From PTSD Help. TIME/CNN – 1 May 2008 Shame a significant barrier Negative impact on career 20% of current Gulf returnees Effect on spouses and families. History Lesson. WWII Korea Vietnam.

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commander s comments
Commander’s Comments

Colonel Dave Hall, USAF (ret)

May 13, 2008

stigma keeps troops from ptsd help
Stigma Keeps Troops From PTSD Help
  • TIME/CNN – 1 May 2008
    • Shame a significant barrier
    • Negative impact on career
    • 20% of current Gulf returnees
    • Effect on spouses and families
history lesson
History Lesson
  • WWII
  • Korea
  • Vietnam
we were soldiers once and young
We Were Soldiers Once. . . And Young
  • A Hated War
  • Sacrifices discounted
  • No one to talk to but each other
history lesson1
History Lesson
  • WWII
  • Korea
  • Vietnam
  • Gulf
profile of a flyer it is not what i do it is who i am
Profile of a FlyerIt is not what I do, it is who I am.
  • First born male
  • Mission oriented
  • Compartmentalizer
  • Shallow relationships
  • Intelligent but not reflective
  • Checklist oriented
  • Controller
failing aviator
Failing Aviator
  • Decreased tolerance for stress
  • Can not compartmentalize
  • Externalizes and blames others
  • Excessive aggressiveness
  • Anti-authority
  • High accident potential
thoughts on going to mental health professional
Thoughts on Going to Mental Health Professional
  • Private or Airman
  • Lt or Sgt
  • Capt Company Commander
  • Major on staff
  • Lt Col Squadron Commander
  • Colonel or General
why wont they get help
Why wont they get help?
  • Institutional Cultural Barriers
    • Stigma
    • Career threat
  • Personality traits
  • Not knowing help exists
cc needs the tools
CC needs the tools!
  • How do I help prevent PTSD in the first place?
  • How do we break the cycle, and get help to those who need it?
for additional information
For additional information

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Colonel Dave Hall, USAF (ret)