Monday, July 22, 2013

These Generals are not in PTSD denial

If you are new to discovering Combat PTSD, here is a great video report on Generals talking about their own unseen wound.

Uploaded on Mar 9, 2009
Two Army generals talked to CNNs Barbara Starr about their experience with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) in hopes that it will convince more suffering soldiers to come forward.

Brig. General Gary S. Patton and Gen. Carter Ham have both sought counseling for the emotional trauma of their time in the Iraq war.

One of our soldiers in that unit, Spec. Robert Unruh, took a gunshot wound to the torso, I was involved in medevacing him off the battlefield. And in a short period of time, he died before my eyes, Patton told CNN in an exclusive interview. Thats a memory [that] will stay with me the rest of my life.

Ham was the commander in Mosul when a suicide bomber blew up a mess tent. Twenty-two people died.

The 21st of December, 2004, worst day of my life. Ever, Ham said. To this day I still ask myself what should I have done differently, what could I have done as the commander responsible that would have perhaps saved the lives of those soldiers, sailors, civilians.

Both generals have been back from Iraq for years, but still deal with some of the symptoms of the stress they experienced.

This video is from, broadcast Mar. 9, 2009.

General Carter Ham

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