Healing Suicidal Veterans: Recognizing, Supporting and Answering Their Pleas for Help

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Veterans are suffering a “mental breakdown” epidemic, often linked to post traumatic stress from the terrors of combat, traumatic brain injury, and drug and alcohol abuse. The problems triggered by an excessive number of deployments, financial and family trouble, fragmented or nonexistent support systems, and increased domestic stress have caused a mass depression among vets. Healing Suicidal Veterans takes readers firsthand into the “situation room” where crisis intervention and addiction therapist Victor ...
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Overview


Veterans are suffering a “mental breakdown” epidemic, often linked to post traumatic stress from the terrors of combat, traumatic brain injury, and drug and alcohol abuse. The problems triggered by an excessive number of deployments, financial and family trouble, fragmented or nonexistent support systems, and increased domestic stress have caused a mass depression among vets. Healing Suicidal Veterans takes readers firsthand into the “situation room” where crisis intervention and addiction therapist Victor Montgomery explores the psychological wounds of war and the ways they contribute to the tragedy of suicidal veterans. He presents the Montgomery Model for ending veterans' suffering and anguish and putting them on solid paths to healing. The book offers veterans strategies for realizing they are not failures if they seek aid, and it gives families and loved ones ways to understand, cope with, and help their veteran in need.
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In this era of diminishing resources and calls for reform, combat-related mental illness appears to be increasing. As cited here, 30 percent of returning veterans show signs of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and/or traumatic brain injury (TBI), and suicides among veterans of Afghanistan and Iraq increased dramatically in 2007. Montgomery, a Vietnam-era veteran and experienced practitioner in crisis intervention and addiction therapy, presents true stories of vets in crisis, including callers to the National Veterans Suicide Crisis Hotline. These vets have participated in wars ranging from the Korean to the Middle East conflicts, and the specific problems of women are also covered. The author notes warning signs, suggests helping strategies, and presents his own novel approach: a "heart-to-heart resuscitation" model relying on psychological theories of emotional communication and incorporating the strengths of the military's traditional "buddy system." Explanatory information about combat-related trauma and useful resource materials and contacts are provided. VERDICT This straightforward yet intense call to action by a committed advocate for change in the VA health-care system is timely and recommended for vets and others.—Antoinette Brinkman, M.L.S., Evansville, IN
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780882823102
  • Publisher: New Horizon Press
  • Publication date: 10/13/2009
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 1,445,923
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 8.28 (h) x 0.69 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface xiii

Introduction I

Part I Iraq And Afghanistan Combat Veterans

Chapter 1 A Family in Crisis Cries Out for Help! 7

An Iraq Vet

Chapter 2 Honoring God 25

A Vet's Story about Transformation

Chapter 3 One Combat Pilot's Struggle 33

The Iraq War

Chapter 4 "I am a Monster" 45

Two Tours in Al-Fallujah, Iraq

Chapter 5 Women in the Iraqi War Zones 59

Chapter 6 Extreme Mental Hardship 73

Three Tours in Afghanistan

Part II Gulf Wars And Beirut Veterans

Chapter 7 Casualties of the Gulf Wars 85

Chapter 8 A Suicide Note Sent to a Friend 101

Part III Vietnam And Korea Veterans

Chapter 9 Bloody Boots and Body Bags 117

Chapter 10 "It Don't Mean Nothin'" 131

Chapter 11 The Vets of Korea 145

Chapter 12 The Tide Within 157

Chapter 13 The Psychological Wounds of War 187

Chapter 14 Heart-to-Heart Resuscitation 201

Conclusion 207

Appendix A Veteran support and Healthcare Eligibility 211

Appendix B Veteran Resources 222

Acknowledgments 227

Notes 228

Select Bibliography 234

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