On the Radio
Many U.S. Armed Service members come home from Iraq and Afghanistan suffering from PTSD and other unseen mental trauma, and turn to non-military medical professionals for assistance.
This week's University Beat on WUSF-FM tells you how USF is trying to help those poviders treat them and also introduces you to one serviceman who's sharing his own story of struggle and recovery. (Story originally ran week of August 3, 2009)
Radio - During "Morning Edition" on WUSF 89.7 Tuesday after the 6:30 AM and 8:30 AM newscasts | During "All Things Considered" on WUSF 89.7 Tuesday at 5:44 PM | After "Florida Matters" on WSMR 89.1 Monday at 10:30 PM
Television - Tuesdays at 11:55 AM and 8:55 PM, and various times throughout the rest of the week
Retired U.S. Marine Gunnery Sgt. Jose Sanchez talks about why Marines find it difficult to talk about their mental and emotional issues after combat, the problems Reservists like himself sometimes face getting help, and why it's important both service members and their families get help.
Dr. Harold Kudler, the Mental Health Coordinator for the VA's Veterans Integrated Service Network #6, talks about Traumatic Brain Injury, or TBI, a growing problem among troops wounded in combat.
Dr. Kudler pays tribute to U.S. Navy Cmdr. Charles Keith Springle, a co-creator of the "Painting a Moving Train" program who was killed in Baghdad on May 11, 2009.
For more information
Gulfcoast North Area Health Education Center
James A. Haley Veteran's Hospital OEF/OIF Program Manager
813-972-2000 ext. 3825