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Tuesday, December 12, 2006

An Invitation to Talk About Combat PTSD

A big weekend coming up for me personally, a marker moment.

This past Sunday, Robert Roerich, MD (who graces my upcoming book, Moving a Nation to Care, with a compelling Foreword if I may say so myself), Kay Shepherd of ePluribus Media, and myself taped what I hope you agree is a solid starting point for our push to get the issue of combat PTSD not only on everyone's lips, but in their hearts and into their hands -- not minds, because what we now need is action -- as well.

Click on 'Article Link' below tags for all the details...

December 16, 2006

Now that all of the air date and time details have been confirmed, you are cordially invited to tune in this weekend to About Face with Dennis Stout -- a new radio program broadcast every Saturday on the Progressive Radio Network

Streaming Sat. Dec 16 at 3:00 pm PST/6:00 pm EST.
Or archived here sometime after broadcast.

December 17, 2006

In addition to Saturday's hourlong show, I have been invited back by the About Face crew -- Dennis Stout, John Henry, and Mark Fleming -- this time for a live call-in segment set to air the following morning, Sunday, Dec 17, on Air America - 1480AM KPHX -- AAR's Phoenix affiliate

Streaming Sun. Dec 17 at 11:00 am MST/1:00 pm EST.
Call-in: In-Studio : 602-258-8800 - Toll Free : 800-989-1480

First a little bit about the show, from

“About Face” is a program brought to you by the Phoenix Chapter of Veterans For Peace. ... The program “About Face” addresses the issues and concerns of our veterans returning home from the war and military. For example, we discuss issues such as the number of homeless veterans and programs that provide assistance, counseling, and training to help these heroes get another chance in life. We discuss the effects of PTSD and how sufferers of this disorder can get help.

What a need this program fills!

Mark Fleming (show co-host and the force behind the online journal Unsolicited Opinion) invited me to be their guest, even offering the chance to extend invitations to two others who might enrich our conversation on combat PTSD. Saturday's show will be the first time that news of my book hits the airwaves (you may remember my first podcast interview was back in February with my ePM colleague Kay Shepherd, the force behind the CJ initiative's podcasts).

Brief details from the PRN website:

3 PM PST/6 PM EST - "About Face" with Dennis Stout

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
This edition of About Face addresses post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) that affects many veterans after returning from combat. Guests Ilona Meagher, editor of the weblog PTSD Combat, Dr. Robert Roerich, vice-president of the National Gulf War Resources Center, and Kay Shepherd of ePluribus Media discuss the nature of PTSD, how it affects veterans and their families and what can be done to assist in dealing with the problems PTSD causes.

We leave listeners with calls to support the Joshua Omvig Suicide Prevention Act (HR 5771) and the 'Lane Evans' bill, the Comprehensive Assistance for Veterans Exposed to Traumatic Stressors Act of 2005 (HR 1588), and my ePM collaboration work on the PTSD Timeline. You would think that with an hour we'd have plenty of time to cover everything, but boy did we only scratch the surface on this incredibly complex issue.

Thank you to the show's incredible hosts, Dennis and Mark (thank you for finding me, Mark) and John, too, who couldn't make it; and to 'Doc' and Kay, my gratitude for joining me on this first leg of an incredible journey. During the post-show wrap-up we all agreed the experience as a good one.

We hope you agree!

Please consider thanking "About Face" for this excellent new program, and consider supporting their further work with your advertising dollars (Call Mari Conner at 602-321-3875) or by kicking in a nickle or two to the show's sponsors:

Veterans for Peace Phoenix
15825 S. 28th Place
Phoenix, AZ 85048

Hope to 'see' you this weekend!

P.S. And a very, very, very special thank you to Jim Starowicz, who is a one man media blitz machine...thank you, my good friend, for telling me about the About Face program, and for advertising my participation far and wide.

An additional ^5 and thank you to *everyone* at ePluribus Media working so hard behind-the-scenes to prepare the PTSD Timeline for the additional exposure it will receive this weekend. JeninRI, LeftyLimblog, kfred, standingup, HighAcidity, Cho (oh, who am I forgetting?!). You are the greatest backbone a project could ever wish for. My warmest thanks for scooping me up last year and making sure this issue would get the exposure it deserved.

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