National guard and reserve soldiers with PTSD: families, churches, and communities returning them to wholeness

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Cook, Anthony J
DigitalCommons@Robert W. Woodruff Library, Atlanta University Center
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The National Guard and Reserve components of the United States Armed forces are not fully able to receive access to treatment for post traumatic stress disorder (PSTD) to the same degree as their Active component counter partners. One of the main reasons for this occurrence is that Active Duty military soldiers return from the war zone to their Army Post communities. The Active Component have available to them all of the Army’s resources and personnel at their deposal. But National Guard and Reserve components return back to their local communities without access to the resources and personnel to assist them with their PTSD related problems. If the resources are available they often fail to take advantage of them, because of their lack of knowledge of the available resources. Additionally, the shame and stigma associated with receiving mental health assistance often causes soldiers to refuse to accept the available help. Families, churches, and communities often don’t have the knowledge base for accessing resources for the soldiers’ treatment. This Doctor of Ministry project developed a training program to train families, churches, and communities to recognize the signs and symptoms of PTSD. This program will provide them with avenues to access and receive the available resources. The researcher believe that if families, churches and communities receive awareness training about PTSD, service members will have people they trust assisting them with their war related problems upon their return.