PTSD

Moral Injury From Sexual Abuse and War: Soul Wounds and Soul Repair

Friday, September 27, 2013 - 8:30am

Geral Blanchard

Geral Blanchard, left, visits with friends in Africa.

Geral Blanchard, left, visits with friends in Africa as they teach him about peacemaking and healing.

The soul wounds and moral injury resulting from such experiences (war and sexual abuse) not only haunt survivors and veterans for years, but also produce devastating ripple effects within family relationships and communities. The concepts of “moral injury” and “community responsibility” are common threads we will use to weave together these two topics so critical to the health and welfare of our country.

Through a Veteran's Eyes

Sunday, May 27, 2012 - 9:30am

As a Vietnam veteran who is on total disability for Chronic Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Veterans for Peace member Greg Helle has unique insight into the personal mental problems of soldiers still struggling from WWII, Korea, Vietnam, and now returning from Iraq and Afghanistan. As he chronicles his life over the last 44 years, he will enlighten us on the struggles of our young as they try to get their life back together after their war. His personal war continues. On Memorial Day we remember and mourn our fallen soldiers.

Legacies of the Iraq War - John Henry Part 2

Part #2: Dr. John Henry is a UMKC professor of economics focusing on the history of economic thought. He is the author of two books and numerous articles. He had taught at California State University-Sacramento, and at Cambridge and Staffordshire, England. John shared the view of the inadequacy of economics to quantify the costs of war. 

Legacies - John Henry Part 2

Part #2: Dr. John Henry is a UMKC professor of economics focusing on the history of economic thought. He is the author of two books and numerous articles. He had taught at California State University-Sacramento, and at Cambridge and Staffordshire, England. John shared the view of the inadequacy of economics to quantify the costs of war. 

Legacies of the Iraq War - Mitch Green Part 1

Part #1: Mitch Green served in the U.S. Army from 2001 to 2007 and in Afghanistan most of 2004. As a result of his deployment he suffers PTSD. He is a grad student in economics at UMKC. In his presentation he shares his personal experiences and discusses the impact of the war on U.S. troops.

Lydia Kirior on social work and social change

Originally from Kenya, Lydia Kirior served her MSW practicum internship this summer with AFSC Iowa. Lydia has a bachelor's degree in social and religiuos studies and hopes to "educate myself and go back home to work for social change and fight for justice in my community."

During her time at AFSC, Lydia helped organize this public forum on Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, or PTSD.

Returning Soldiers and PTSD Explored in AFSC Forum

By Lydia Kirior

On July 6, 2011 a public forum on the psychological effects of war was held at Des Moines Valley Friends Meeting House. This forum was organized by the AFSC Iowa Peace Building Program as part of its effort to create awareness on the multiple and varied costs of war. The forum focused its evaluation on the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.

Public Forum on the Psychological Cost of War

Wednesday, July 6, 2011 - 6:30pm

Mollie Michelfelder

Mollie Michelfelder

Mollie Michelfelder, MSW, works with trauma survivors at Friends House in Des Moines.

Please join us for the first of two public forums on the real costs of war.

Psychological Cost of War: “No One Comes Through Unscathed” --Edward Tick; Psychotherapist/Veterans counselor

Film clip: Wartorn 1861-2010: exploring combat and PTSD

Discussion with Mollie Michelfelder, LISW specializing with PTSD clients, including returning soldiers.

Refreshments and community time to follow.

PTSD forum

Mollie Michelfelder

Mollie Michelfelder

Mollie Michelfelder, MSW, works with trauma survivors at Friends House in Des Moines.

This flyer describes a public forum on PTSD.

PTSD Brochure

This brochure describing PTSD was developed by AFSC Iowa interns in June 2011.

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