Hello, long-neglected readers.
Thanks for your patience as my writing here has stopped the past weeks while I completed my studies last month, tended to home and family responsibilities, and taken some vacation time.
I will return to posting here in late June.
My best to you until then.
While a wide variety of events can trigger what's called post-traumatic stress disorder, this PTSD blog focuses solely on the combat-related variety. As a new generation of warriors returns to civilian life and seeks out resources, PTSD Combat is here to help.
This is the online journal of Ilona Meagher, veteran's daughter and author of Moving a Nation to Care: Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and America's Returning Troops. You are invited to read my bio and stay connected via the networks to the right.
March 4, 2010 in DeKalb, IL - Northern Illinois University Veterans Club hosts its first-ever community Military Benefits/ Informational Fair, 12:00 to 4:30 p.m. Ilona is slated to be the guest speaker.
Spring, 2010 in Bethesda, MD - Uniformed Services University 5th Annual Amygdala, Stress and PTSD Conference, details TBA.
July 10-15, 2010 in Honolulu, HI - International Conference on Alzheimer's Disease (ICAD).
More military conferences.
"The first shamans earned their keep in primitave societies by providing explanations and rituals that enabled man to deal with his environment and his personal anguish. Early man, no less than we, dealt with forces that he could not understand or control, and he attempted to come to grips with his vulnerablity by trying to bring order to his universe." -- Richard Gabriel in No More Heroes
"War stories end when the battle is over or when the soldier comes home. In real life, there are no moments amid smoldering hilltops for tranquil introspection. When the war is over, you pick up your gear, walk down the hill and back into the world." -- OIF vet John Crawford in The Last True Story I'll Ever Tell
"After wars' end, soldiers once again become civilians and return to their families to try to pick up where they left off. It is this process of readjustment that has more often than not been ignored by society. -- Major Robert H. Stretch, Ph.D in Textbook of Military Medicine: Vol. 6 Combat Stress
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