Healing Journeys: Study Abroad With Vietnam Veterans by Raymond Monsour Scurfield

By Raymond Monsour Scurfield

A Vietnam Trilogy is set a facet of warfare that for many years pro-military and pro-defense advocates have systematically suppressed, minimized and denigrated as being falsely exaggerated the indelible human fee of warfare on its individuals that may and does persist for many years. The 3.14 million Vietnam war-zone veterans and 800,000 Vietnam-theater veterans discomfort complete or partial post-traumatic tension syndrome, and their households will locate it invaluable.
Volume 2, therapeutic trips, makes a speciality of 3 Vietnam Vets making a comeback journey accompanying sixteen scholars on a learn overseas background direction. particularly within the put up Sept. 11, post-Iraq global, this trilogy is critical studying for lecturers and psychological future health pros together with graduate and undergrad scholars in historical past, psychology, social paintings and faith, and execs in psychiatry, medical nursing, counseling, and faith, and educational experts attracted to study-abroad courses.
Through the wrenching tales of veterans and the writer s personal realizing as a psychological health care professional, Scurfield describes his and his comrades studies in the course of the warfare; then he describes the therapeutic method fostered via cutting edge go back journeys he has ended in peace-time Vietnam in 1989 and, together with a school background software, in 2000, defined during this quantity.
A Vietnam Trilogy bargains veterans and their households a vicarious "healing trip" by way of referring to the reviews of these who participated in those healing efforts, and gives concepts to veterans and people who desire to support them.
The treatment breakthroughs for veterans with put up irritating tension affliction at the moment are the version for leading edge courses throughout the USA; and they'll be the basis for courses to aid this present day s veterans of the Iraq War.
Volume 1, A Vietnam Trilogy. Veterans and Post-Traumatic tension, 1968, 1989 and 2000 (Algora 2004), defined the therapeutic strategies of enormous quantities of veterans from Vietnam and previous wars up till 1990, while the writer co-led a bunch of veterans on a healing journey again to Vietnam to face their demons.
The present quantity keeps from 1990 to 2000 (including a dialogue of the influence of the 1st Gulf struggle on veterans of past wars) and a moment go back journey to Vietnam in 2000, as a part of a school examine out of the country application, to aid veterans of their therapeutic method. quantity three, From Vietnam to Iraq (Algora, fall 2006), will entire the Trilogy with a attention of the adventure of earlier wars to aid those people who are now within the army or within the therapeutic professions, and their households and groups, to accommodate this day s realities of strive against and its aftermath.

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P. 90. 19 Healing Journeys: Study Abroad with Vietnam Veterans casualties as part of the evacuation and stabilization process itself. This had been an almost completed ignored set of war-related trauma. By and large the casualty did not talk about it, the military establishment did not talk about it, the VA did not talk about it, and the family did not talk about it. It was as if the entire chain of distressing post-injury events never happened. When the Persian Gulf War was imminent, there was nothing in place to help us do a better job concerning the mental health issues related to the medical evacuation process this time around.

Steve Tice reports the following that happened to him: “I had the experience of seeing a VA physician over a four-year period who rarely looked up from his computer to look at me. He just asked the appropriate questions and typed my response. Near the end of the four years that I saw him, I was complaining about my left arm hurting. he typed away and asked me, without looking up, if my right arm hurt in the same area. I told him no, I was an amputee. ” This entire process was, obviously, very stressful and traumatic, coming on top of what had happened in the war zone.

As such, the VA was responsible to gear up for the anticipated large number of combat casualties that might be incurred if and when full-scale hostilities erupted with Iraq. As part of this gearing-up process, I was one of the VA staff designated as national training faculty to provide training to both VA and DOD health care providers regarding assessment and intervention strategies to deal with the mental health aspects of anticipated casualties, including both physical wounds and psychological ones.

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