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Service Members Experiences at War

This section of the Clinical Pages of the ATTC web site gives a very brief and incomplete overview of some of the experiences that Service Members have before, during, and after deployment in Iraq and Afghanistan.

No matter how many words these pages might contain, or how carefully they were chosen, they would not be enough to convey the experience of war.  The single most important tool for the civilian preparing to help veterans is a sense of humility, an appreciation for the enormity of what we cannot know if we have never experienced combat.  And our most important task is to listen.

Along with the Policy and Clinical sections of these National ATTC Network web site pages, there is also a section on For Veterans and Families.  Along with an appreciation of all there is to learn about the experience of war and homecoming, an appreciation of the military culture is another essential piece of the civilian clinician’s knowledge base. 

Next: Resilience and Vulnerability in the War Zone

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Please Note: Some of the considerations in these pages are taken from written works, but more are based on conversations with or presentations by veterans or therapists who work with trauma survivors.  The reader is encouraged, not to take these ideas as absolute or as the only important considerations, but to respond to them with curiosity and a desire to listen, read, and learn much more.

The material on all of the Clinical Pages is taken directly from the draft version of Finding Balance After the War Zone:  Considerations in the Treatment of Post-Deployment Stress Effects, a manual under development for the Great Lakes Addiction Technology Transfer Center and Human Priorities.  This draft is copyright © 2008, Pamela Woll.  Reprint permission is universally granted, but attribution is requested.
Click here for References and Other Resources.
Click here to link to a PDF file of the current version of the clinician’s manual draft.
Click here to link to a PDF file of the accompanying booklet for veterans.






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