Stronger for Having Served

By news.byu.edu | 19th Special Forces Group (Airborne) | Nov. 11, 2019

PROVO, Utah —

More than one million American men and women are veterans of the War on Terror—that is, veterans who served in the U.S. Armed Forces after September 2001. Contrary to popular belief, most veterans who return home do not experience PTSD or similar conditions.

“We tend to have this view and perception that anyone who serves in combat is irreparably damaged and in a way we kind of stigmatize those who served,” said BYU social work professor David Wood. “All service members who serve in combat experience stress. But the veterans who served in the latest wars are, as a whole, quite resilient and do quite well.”

Roughly 15 to 25 percent of veterans who return from deployment or combat experience PTSD.

“That is a huge number compared to the general population, which is closer to five to eight percent, so we tend to think all veterans experience those symptoms. But in reality, combat deployment does not always cause PTSD and PTSD is very treatable,” Wood said.

In addition to holding a doctorate in counseling psychology and a master’s in social work and working as a professor at BYU, Wood also serves as a behavioral health officer in the 19th Special Forces Group (Airborne) in the Utah Army National Guard. There he helps soldiers get treatment if they have depression, PTSD, family problems or traumatic brain injuries.

The statement of how well veterans fare upon returning home is accentuated by a new study from Wood and two military colleagues that looked at how military veterans who experience combat-related amputations adjust successfully in the face that formidable adversity.

“For the study, we made ratings of their resiliency outcome, meaning that we understand they went through a very traumatic and difficult experience.”

The group hypothesized that some of the subjects would be worse off in terms of their overall view on life and their motivation to move forward. However, they found most returned to their original baseline or improved their position.

“It suggests these individuals really accepted and embraced the fact that they lost a limb,” Wood said.

The results of this study suggest that professionals and their clients can be optimistic about the potential for recovery, reintegration and resilience in response to the potentially traumatic and life-changing event of combat-related limb amputation.

The other two authors include Juliann Jeppsen, a behavioral health officer for the Utah Army National Guard, and Kalin Holyoak, a research assistant and officer in the United States Army.

-30-

 Story and photo originally appeared on BYU News https://news.byu.edu/intellect/stronger-for-having-served 
In general, all media on the site is produced by U.S. DoD or Federal Agencies, and is in the public domain, i.e., not protected by U.S. copyright; however, other restrictions might apply, such as, but not limited to, the right to enforce trademarks, and the right of privacy/right of publicity, any of which might restrict use of some of the media. Media may not be used to imply endorsement of any product or service by the DoD. Proper credit of the producing journalist(s) is requested.

 

 

 

A new suicide prevention and awareness app is set to go live Dec. 6, 2019, designed to support Utah National Guard service members and families in crisis.
 
The SafeUTNG app will be free to download from the Android and Apple app stores and provides service members and their families with a safe, confidential platform to communicate with a crisis counselor 24/7.
In Safe Hands
By Sgt. Nathaniel Free | Dec. 4, 2019
A new suicide prevention and awareness app is set to go live Dec. 6, 2019, designed to support Utah

The annual period for part-time Utah National Guard Soldiers and Airmen to enroll in or change their TRICARE health insurance plan began on Monday, November 11th and ends on Monday, December 9th.
Are You Covered? What You Need to Know About TRICARE Open Season
By Sgt. Nathaniel Free | Nov. 11, 2019
The annual period for part-time Utah National Guard Soldiers and Airmen to enroll in or change their

The Utah National Guard hosted a change-of-command and retirement ceremony for its top general officer and commander, the Adjutant General, Maj. Gen. Jeff Burton, at Roland R. Wright Air National Guard Base, Nov. 7, 2019.

The Governor of Utah, the Honorable Gary R. Herbert, provided remarks and oversaw the event. The ceremony was closed to the general public due to time and space restrictions. On Oct. 17, 2019, Herbert announced the selection of Brig. Gen. Michael J. Turley to serve as the adjutant general of the UTNG. Turley  took over for Burton effective Nov. 7, 2019.
Retirement of Maj. Gen. Jefferson S. Burton
By Sgt. Nathaniel Free | Nov. 7, 2019
The Utah National Guard hosted a retirement ceremony for its top general officer and commander, the

The Utah National Guard hosted a change-of-command and retirement ceremony for its top general officer and commander, the Adjutant General, Maj. Gen. Jeff Burton, at Roland R. Wright Air National Guard Base, Nov. 7, 2019.

The Governor of Utah, the Honorable Gary R. Herbert, provided remarks and oversaw the event. The ceremony was closed to the general public due to time and space restrictions. On Oct. 17, 2019, Herbert announced the selection of Brig. Gen. Michael J. Turley to serve as the adjutant general of the UTNG. Turley  took over for Burton effective Nov. 7, 2019.
Brig. Gen. Michael J. Turley Assumes Command of the Utah National Guard
By Sgt. Nathaniel Free | Nov. 7, 2019
On Oct. 17, 2019, the Honorable Gary R. Herbert, Governor of Utah, announced the selection of Brig.

A Czech Republic soldier prepares to present awards during a during a ceremony in Prostejov, Oct. 25, 2019, marking a successful six-month tour to Western Afghanistan. During the ceremony, Special Forces Soldiers from the Czech Republic and Texas Army National Guard received awards, distinctions and badges of honor as an appreciation for their successful service abroad and excellent representation of their homeland. The Texas Military Department and the Czech Republic have participated in the U.S. Department of State’s Partnership Program cooperation since 1993 with the Nebraska National Guard, in support of the U.S. European Command Theater Security Cooperation Strategy. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Elizabeth Pena)
19th Special Forces Soldiers Honored by the Czech Republic
By Staff Sgt. Elizabeth Pena | Oct. 25, 2019
Soldiers assigned to 5th Battalion, 19th Special Forces, Texas Army National Guard, were awarded the

2nd Lt. Carter briefs adjustments to the plan at the Objective Rally Point (ORP) in preparation for field interrogations, during a training exercise in Cache Valley National Forest, August 11, 2019.
Military Intelligence Soldiers Conduct Training in Northern Utah
By Sgt. First Class Dustin Waite | Sept. 30, 2019
Soldiers from B Company, and IC Detachment of the 142nd Military Intelligence Battalion

Members of the 19th Special Forces Group (Airborne) participate in a change of command and retirement ceremony on Camp Williams, Utah 14 September 2019. The unit received a new commanding officer and a new command sergeant major. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by, PFC. Jacob Jesperson)
19th Special Forces Group (Airborne) welcomes new leadership
By Sgt. James Bunn | Sept. 19, 2019
The 19th Special Forces Group (Airborne) said farewell to two of senior leaders and welcomed two new

West Valley City receives Freedom Award
West Valley City receives Freedom Award
By Ileen Kennedy | Sept. 18, 2019
West Valley City was awarded the 2019 Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award and held a

Governor's Day 2019
Soldiers and Airman Celebrate the 65th Annual Governors Day
By Staff Sgt. Nicholas Cloward | Sept. 14, 2019
Approximately 7,000 Air and Army National Guardsman stood in formation on Tarbet Field at Camp

Soldiers and participate in the 300th Miltary Intelligence Brigade Change of Command Ceremony,  August 10, 2019 at the Draper Utah National Guard Headquarters Bilding (U.S. Army Photo By Sgt. Nathan J. Baker)
300th MI Change of Command 2019
By Sgt. Nathan Baker | Aug. 20, 2019
Soldiers of the 300th Military Intelligence Brigade come to celebrate the successes of outgoing