By MICHAEL BRYANT, Associated Press WILMAR, Texas (AP) An Army veteran who was diagnosed with PTSD in April says she wants to be part of a movement to train and equip soldiers to combat mental health conditions.
Wendy Lee has been a member of the Wounded Warrior Project, an organization that trains soldiers and their families to manage post-traumatic stress disorder.
She has been involved with mental health groups in Texas for years and said her hope is that the movement can help soldiers who may have been traumatized by their service.
The Wounded Warriors project is an initiative of the Texas Veterans Health Administration to train thousands of veterans and their family members to manage PTSD symptoms.
The Wounded warrior program aims to train soldiers and families to recognize signs of post-traumatic stress disorder, and to offer them a safe environment for therapy.
The program also provides a service called the Mental Health Work Group.
The first group was launched in November at Fort Bliss, Texas, and the group plans to expand to other locations, including Fort Hood, San Antonio and Fort Bragg.
Lee said her group’s goal is to train 1,500 members.
Wounded Warriors program founder, Colleen Smith, said a lot of the veteran’s stories are similar.
For example, a veteran is coming back from a mission or an event, and they don’t have a clear idea how to respond to PTSD symptoms, she said.
This is when we work with the veterans.
For some veterans, PTSD symptoms are triggered by a trauma or stressor.
Others can’t identify or identify their triggers.
The veterans’ PTSD symptoms can be very difficult to understand and cope with, Smith said.
Smith said she sees the Wound Warriors program as a first step in the right direction.
She said the veterans can learn to recognize their triggers and deal with them.
Smith also said it can help veterans to deal with their emotions.
She also said that a lot more than a massage can help a veteran cope.
For some veterans who are experiencing post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, a massage is an effective therapy.
The group has been able to train about 600 of its members in a short time.
The group is not trying to be a “medical center,” but rather a service that provides mental health care, said Wounded warriors co-founder, Kelli Smith.
She said there are many ways to deal in the midst of PTSD.
The first step is recognizing that there is a problem.
Then, there is learning how to manage that.