What exactly is PTSD?
Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a condition created by exposure to a psychologically distressing event outside the range of usual human experience, one which would be markedly distressing to almost anyone, and which causes intense fear, terror, and helplessness.
A woman veteran’s description:
“PTSD is insidious; it creeps up on you. First, you may experience a moment of panic when you are in a crowded area. For most of ‘us,’ Wal-Mart is a PTSD nightmare. You may startle easy, way too easily. You’ll never be able to sit with your back to a door or respond in a ‘normal’ manner to someone who catches you off guard. If you don’t relive the experience during the day, your psyche ensures that you work through your issue at night in the form of sheet-tangling, sweat-soaked nightmares that no one should have to endure. These are the nightmares that wake you from the deepest sleep and cast a dark gloom over the whole of the next day.”
And thirty-one percent of women veterans
of Iraq and Afghanistan who were diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder
reported military sexual trauma
What is MST (Military Sexual Trauma)?
"Military sexual trauma" or MST is the term used by the Department of Veterans Affairs to refer to experiences of sexual assault or repeated, threatening acts of sexual harassment. For some Veterans, experiences of MST may continue to affect their mental and physical health, even many years later.
Defense department stats:
Even though women are technically restricted to combat support roles, in practice they see combat, carry weapons, witness killing and are generally exposed to much more trauma than women in earlier wars.
This is why the veteran’s organization “History and Heroes” is honored to announce the first Annual Women Veterans Rocky Mountain Retreat to be held on October 4-6, 2013 at the YMCA of the Rockies. The purpose of the retreat is to provide a healing environment to help the many female veterans transition back to society. The two-night retreat will include lodging, six meals, healing-touch massage, yoga and equine therapy. Contact with horses and service dogs provide veterans with a source of unconditional positive regard which helps in relaxation and breathing techniques to deal with high levels of anxiety associated with PTSD and MST. Jessa Johnson, an Estes Park resident and a self-love coach will be available to speak with veterans.
Seminars at the retreat will be led by Ralph Bozella, President of the United Veterans Committee of Colorado who will discuss “What female veterans wants in VA health care.” Dr. Janet Seahorn PhD and Anthony Seahorn MBA, authors of “Tears of a Warrior: a Family’s Story of Combat and Living with PTSD” will present a seminar on living with PTSD.
Rev. Dr. Kathy Haley, a licensed professional counselor, a disabled veteran, an ordained minister and a certified professional service dog trainer will conduct a seminar on the connection between spirituality and trauma, as well as the value of service animals. She will be accompanied by her service dog Arkeo.
Terri Shelefontiuk, Chairman of Female Veterans Action Committee for the American Legion Department of Colorado will present Colorado Resources for Female Veterans and Rehabilitation.
Carol Kennedy is expected to be elected Commander of The American Legion Department of Colorado is planning to attend and will remark on the Value of Female Veterans in Service Organizations. Katie Barr, MST Coordinator for Denver VA Hospital will conduct a seminar on MST.
History and Heroes is very proud to be able to include all of these professionals in the retreat. The overwhelming beauty and relaxation of the scenery in Estes Park is therapeutic within itself. The retreat will provide personal time for nature hikes and a chance to enjoy nature in the Rocky Mountains.
History and Heroes is proud to announce that that we have reached our limit of veterans that we can register for our Female Veterans Retreat in October. We want everyone to know it is an annual event and will be bigger and even better next year. We are still in need of sponsorships and donation. Your help in greatly appreciated.
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