Establishing a Vietnam Veterans Rap Group,
INFANTRY DIV (24TH) FORT STEWART GA
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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 heshe might dispatch our countrys 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.