David Baker Service Officer for the Caroline Post 29 American Legion – PTSD Awareness Event
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David Baker Service Officer for the Caroline Post 29 American Legion – PTSD Awareness Event


THE EXPERIENCE TO HELP YOU OUT. BAIRD MAN DALLAS BROCK’S DEAD RIGHT LAWYERS RIGHT NOW. SO WHEN YOU THINK OF POST-TRAUMATIC STRESS DISORDER PTSD IS THIS WHAT COMES TO MIND AS SOLDIERS SUFFERING AFTER WITNESSING THE LOSS OF HIS COMRADES MAYBE OVERSEAS WELL THAT IS OFTEN THE CASE AND IT IS VITAL THAT WE SUPPORT OUR MILITARY MEMBERS IN ANY WAY THAT WE CAN. HOWEVER PTSD AFFECTS MANY MORE PEOPLE AS A MATTER OF FACT WOMEN ARE INCLUDED ACCORDING TO THE U.S. DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS. TAKE A LOOK AT THIS 10 OUT OF EVERY 100 WOMEN IN THE UNITED STATES WILL DEVELOP POST-TRAUMATIC STRESS DISORDER. COMPARE THAT TO FOUR OUT OF EVERY 100 MEN NOW DAVID BAKER IS PART OF A GROUP THAT IS PUTTING ON AN EVENT THAT’S AIMED AT SUPPORTING PEOPLE OVERALL IMPACTED BY PTSD. HE IS THE SERVICE OFFICER FOR CAROLINE POST 29 OF THE AMERICAN LEGION. THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR JOINING US AND I WANT TO SAY THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE. YOU SAID 20 YEARS IT’S MY HONOR TO SERVE AS WELL THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR THAT. SO LET’S TALK A LITTLE BIT ABOUT PTSD IT’S NOT JUST NECESSARILY MEMBERS OF THE MILITARY. NO IT’S VERY TRUE SO PTSD OR RELATED SYNDROME CALLED CRITICAL INCIDENT STRESS AFFECTS NOT ONLY PEOPLE IN THE MILITARY BUT MEMBERS OF THE FIRST RESPONDER COMMUNITY LIKE POLICE OFFICERS FIREFIGHTERS EMERGENCY MEDICAL PERSONNEL IT CAN EVEN AFFECT VICTIMS AND WITNESSES OF VIOLENT CRIME OR MASS CASUALTY EVENTS LIKE A PLANE CRASH OR THINGS LIKE THAT. EVEN NATURAL DISASTERS SO IT TRULY CAN AFFECT A BROAD RANGE OF FOLKS IN THE COMMUNITY WE WERE TALKING BEFORE WE GOT STARTED HERE AND YOU SAID YOU FEEL VERY SPECIAL URGE TO DO SOMETHING WITH THIS AND ALL THE WORK THAT YOU’VE DONE WITH THIS IS THERE ANY ONE MAIN WAY THAT YOU HAVE FOUND THAT WE CAN HELP. RIGHT SO THE MOST IMPORTANT WAY FOLKS IN THE COMMUNITY CAN HELP IS REALLY BE AWARE OF THE SYMPTOMS THAT ARE AFFILIATED WITH THAT THESE SYMPTOMS CAN BE ANYTHING FROM LACK OF INTEREST IN THINGS THAT NORMALLY INTERESTED YOU FLASHBACKS WHEN EVERYBODY THINKS ABOUT BUT BAD DREAMS FOLKS CAN HAVE JUST SORT OF A NEGATIVE MOOD RECURRING BAD DREAMS JUST SOMETIMES FEELINGS OF GUILT OR SHAME SURVIVOR GUILT KIND OF THING. WHY DID WHY DID I SURVIVE AND MY PARTNER DIDN’T WRITE THINGS OF THAT NATURE. SO THERE’S A VARIETY OF SYMPTOMS AND TO BE HONEST RECOGNIZING SYMPTOMS IS THE KEY TO TRYING TO HELP PEOPLE WHO ARE AFFECTED BY THESE DISORDERS TO FIND HELP. SO THE COMMUNITY NEEDS TO SUPPORT PROGRAMS AND ORGANIZATION THAT HELP TRY TO RAISE AWARENESS ABOUT SO THERE ARE PROGRAMS THERE ARE SERVICES THAT ARE AVAILABLE FOR ASSISTANCE. YES THAT’S TRUE. SO ARE A NUMBER OF PROGRAMS THAT ARE AVAILABLE MOST OF THE HEALTH DEPARTMENTS LOCAL HEALTH DEPARTMENTS HAVE STAFF THAT ARE TRAINED IN THIS AREA AND CAROLINE COUNTY HAS MOBILE TREATMENT UNIT. AND A PILOT PROGRAM GOING RIGHT NOW FOR MANY YEARS AN ORGANIZATION CALLED THE INTERNATIONAL CRITICAL INCIDENT STRESS FOUNDATION HAS BEEN TRAINING TEAMS OF FIRST RESPONDERS TO HELP THEIR PEERS WHO MIGHT BE SUFFERING AND THIS INCLUDES KNOW THE FIREFIGHTERS OR EMERGENT MEDICAL PERSONNEL THEY ACTUALLY HAVE SOME TEAMS THAT ARE EVEN HERE ON THE EASTERN SHORE SALISBURY AS A TEAM CAMBRIDGE HAS A TEAM CAROLINE COUNTY HAS A TEAM AND THEIR TEAMS ACROSS THE WORLD AND THE UNITED STATES THE YMCA FOR EXAMPLE EVEN PROVIDE SUPPORT FOR COMMUNITY HEALTH ISSUES AND THEY LOOK A HOLISTIC APPROACH TO ADDRESS BOTH MENTAL AND PHYSICAL HEALTH. AMERICAN LEGION PROVIDES SUPPORT IN THE WAY OF SERVICE OFFICERS TO VETERANS AND THEIR FAMILIES AND WE CAN DIRECT VETERANS TO THE APPROPRIATE RESOURCES AT DEPARTMENT OF VETERAN AFFAIRS FACILITIES OR EVEN OTHER RESOURCES THAT ARE AVAILABLE. MARYLAND HAS THE VETERANS AFFAIRS DEPARTMENT THAT HAS ASSISTANCE PROGRAMS AND THERE’S LIKE THE DISABLED AMERICAN VETERANS ALSO PROVIDE SUPPORT AND I’M SURE THERE ARE MANY MORE. I’M NOT TRYING TO LEAVE ANYBODY OUT BUT RIGHT THERE’S A NUMBER OF THEM BUT THEY ALL ASK ADDRESS DIFFERENT THINGS SO THERE ARE ASSISTANCE PROCESSES AVAILABLE SO IF WE HAVE A FAMILY MEMBER OR EVEN A FRIEND THAT WE THINK YOU KNOW MAYBE WE’RE SEEING SOMETHING HERE. IS IT OKAY JUST TO OUTRIGHT ASK YEAH I THINK SO. THE CHALLENGE YOU HAVE IS A LOT OF TIMES THOSE WHO ARE AFFECTED DON’T WANT TO ADMIT THAT THEY HAVE SOME KIND OF AN ISSUE IT’S JUST AS BUT IF RECURS CONTINUES YOU KNOW THAT’S SOMETHING THAT SHOULD BE ADDRESSED AND MAYBE TRY TO CONVINCE THEM TO AT LEAST TALK TO SOMEONE AS OUR COUNSELING SERVICES AVAILABLE SOMETIMES. ONE THINGS ISIS DOES IS THEY HAVE THESE PEER TEAMS THESE ARE PEOPLE EXPERIENCING THE SAME KIND OF EVENTS. RIGHT. SO THEY THEY MAY NOT BE AFFECTED THEMSELVES BUT THEY COULD RECOGNIZE OR THEY MAY HAVE HAD A PAST EXPERIENCE SO THEY CAN RECOGNIZE THESE AND THEN HELP THEIR PEERS UNDERSTAND THAT HEY IT AFFECTED ME SO YOU CAN GET SOME HELP RIGHT OBVIOUSLY GOT AN EVENT COMING UP. TELL ME ABOUT THAT RIGHT. SO ON. OCTOBER THE 19TH THE SATURDAY WE’RE PUTTING TOGETHER AN EVENT WITH THE ISIS F THE YMCA THE CAROLINE COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT AT THE AMERICAN LEGION POST 29 IN DENTON MARYLAND AND THIS IS REALLY A COMMUNITY EVENT. THERE’S GONNA BE FREE ENTERTAINMENT MUSIC FROM THE BAND CALLED A BREATH OF FRESH AIR. WE’RE GOING TO PROVIDE FREE FOOD BEVERAGES WE’RE GOING TO HAVE REPRESENT US FROM THESE DIFFERENT ORGANIZATIONS THERE TO JUST ANSWER QUESTIONS FROM THE COMMUNITY OR PROVIDE INFORMATION ABOUT THE RESOURCES AVAILABLE IN THE LOCAL COMMUNITY. IT’S ALWAYS GOOD TO HAVE YET FOR FAMILY FRIENDS. THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR YOUR TIME. AND ONE THING THAT YOU’RE DOING FOR THOSE THAT ARE THAT ARE SUFFERING WITH SOMETHING YOU CAN’T SEE YOU CAN’T LAY YOUR HANDS ON BUT YOU CAN CERTAINLY FEEL IT. YEAH. APPRECIATE IT VERY MUCH. DAVID BAKER CAROLINE POST TWENTY NINE

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