Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Cookeville Faculty Member PTSD Family Research Published

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is a tragic condition, recently highlighted by a mass shooting in California. A combat veteran there killed 12 people in a bar. Friends and relatives say the former Marine suffered from PTSD. The condition doesn’t just impact those afflicted, friends and family have to deal with effects of PTSD. Vol State adjunct faculty member Stephanie Voris, who is also the coordinator at the Cookeville Higher Education Campus (CHEC), was recently published in a journal for her research with PTSD and the wives of veterans. Here is how she explains it:

“My research was part of an opportunity I took in my Master’s Program with New Mexico State University. I have an interest in combat veteran spouses due to my own history with the military at Fort Campbell, Ky. Further, I have direct relatives who suffered secondary trauma from PTSD and Shell Shock aftereffects from both a WWI combat veteran great grandfather and a WWII combat veteran grandfather.”

“Whereas research has been abundant in recent decades regarding PTSD and/or Traumatic Brain Injury in combat veterans, little has been sought in the livelihood after military service of combat veteran spouses who are often the ones picking up the pieces post-combat. In a time of “Thank you for your service,” spouses often hear: “…and thank your husband for his service.” While combat veterans often need help with acclimating into civilian society, spouses needs and struggles tend to be ignored.”

“My study was a qualitative analysis on the struggles that combat veteran spouses face while attempting to support their spouses and in acclimating to the civilian sector. Findings include troubling emotional, financial, and social challenges and, further, social and emotional isolation from both military and civilian communities. Further research is needed in how to better accommodate transitioning for both combat veteran and spouse post-service and also how to give spouses a needed voice throughout and after active military life.“

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