Accession Number : ADP003966

Title :   Establishing a Vietnam Veterans Rap Group,

Corporate Author : INFANTRY DIV (24TH) FORT STEWART GA

Personal Author(s) : Goodwin,J. D.

Report Date : DEC 1983

Pagination or Media Count : 5

Abstract : Once you have recognized that Post Traumatic Stress Disorders do indeed exist (DSM III, 1980), you have made that first hurdle involved in the treatment and resolution of a syndrome that is playing havoc with hundreds of thousands of Vietnam era veterans (Wilson, 1979) and literally millions of their dependents. The active duty army psychologists who endeavors to deal with this situation enters an arena populated with some rather precarious hurdles. These obstacles are in a large part based on our primary mission of 'supporting the fighting strength.' Our role is in supporting the combatant in order that he/she might dispatch our country's enemies in the most facilitative, economical and psychopathologically free manner. It is apparently an almost insurmountable hurdle, for us as military mental health professionals, to consider the fact that the war experience we supported our combatants through may have additionally predisposed these veterans to problematic post combat emotional sequelae. If you are able to surmount this particular hurdle, you are free to begin to take in stride the less precarious obstacles leading to the identification of the problem and the treatment modality best suited to its resolution.

Descriptors :   *Military psychology, Veterans(Military personnel), Vietnam, Stress(Psychology), Problem solving, Signs and symptoms, Symposia

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE