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Title: PostCombat Resiliency


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Post-Combat Resiliency
  • Steven M. Silver, Ph.D.

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Disclaimer
  • The views expressed here are those of the author
    and do not necessarily reflect those of the Dept.
    of Veterans Affairs, the Dept. of Defense, or
    anyone with a lick of sense.

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Steven M. Silver, Ph.D.
  • CPT, Pennsylvania Army National Guard
  • Psychologist and Program Director, PTSD Program,
    V.A. Medical Center, Coatesville, PA (Retired)
  • Marine officer, Vietnam War.
  • Working with war veterans since 1972 and with
    trauma survivors from around the world.
  • Researcher
  • Author (with S. Rogers, Light in the heart of
    darkness EMDR and the treatment of war and
    terrorism survivors)
  • Historian

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Core Idea
  • People are often incredibly resilient after
    combat and, where they have problems, that
    resiliency is what enables them to overcome the
    problems.

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Presentation Goals
  • Describe the range and nature of reactions to
    combat.
  • Define and describe the nature of post-combat
    resiliency.
  • Find the overlooked and remaining typos in this
    presentation.

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What are the results of combat?
  • (Self exercise)

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What are the results of combat?
  • Did you think of anything positive?

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Key
  • The effects are both negative and positive.
  • The idea of positive effects are often hard for
    many to accept and that has consequences.

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Key
  • What do we mean when we refer to resiliency?

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Resiliency
  • Simple definition the ability to bounce back.

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Combat is a classroom
  • All experiences teach us something.
  • Combat can teach resiliency (the lessons may have
    begun before).

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Mass-Cas, Iraq
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Key
  • No one remains the same after combat.

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Key
  • The effects are constant across wars and eras
    technology changes but people dont.
  • The reactions in veterans who fought in
    Afghanistan and Iraq are the same as those who
    fought in Somalia, Beirut, Grenada, Panama,
    Vietnam, Korea, Normandy, Tarawa, Belleau Wood,
    Shiloh, and Marathon.

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So what does the individual undergo in
combat? (Sources of stress)
  • Physical
  • Emotional
  • Thinking/Spiritual Meaning
  • Psychological

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Key
  • Of the four, the most important is Meaning.
  • Why? It is the ultimate source of difficulty
    AND resiliency.

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It is not what happens that matters…
  • …It is what it means

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Case history
  • Red and L-T

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Key
  • In coming home, we may find we do not have the
    same frame of reference…

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Consequences of combat
  • Are there always negative consequences?
  • No, but there are always changes.
  • And change is often viewed by others as negative.

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Consequences (cont)
  • Physical
  • Emotional
  • Meaning (Values, Spiritual)
  • Psychological

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Resiliency is a tool…
  • To overcome the negative consequences
  • AND
  • To help us grow.

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Resiliency uses…
  • Strengths
  • Values
  • Purpose and meaning
  • Shaped and learned in combat.

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Strength example
  • To keep going

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Value examples
  • Courage not the absence of fear.
  • Loyalty
  • Responsibility
  • Team

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Meaning examples
  • What really matters in life
  • Low BS tolerance

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The struggle within
  • Needs all that resiliency brings

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The struggle without
  • Needs all that resiliency brings as well…

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The significance of Meaning
  • It is the most significant need and the most
    significant source of resiliency.

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Clues to a need for meaning
  • Unusual volunteers
  • Fighting with God
  • Judgments and the passing of sentences

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The Survivors Who Made It
  • What did they have in common?

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So how does healing with Meaning happen?
  • Permission for the search

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Identification of the task
  • Meaning found through doing.
  • "It did not really matter what we expected from
    life, but rather what life expected from us. We
    needed to stop asking about the meaning of life,
    and instead to think of ourselves as those who
    were being questioned by lifedaily and hourly.
    Our answer must consist, not in talk and
    meditation, but in right action and in right
    conduct. Life ultimately means taking the
    responsibility to find the right answer to its
    problems and to fulfill the tasks which it
    constantly sets for each individual." -Frankl

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A task of value
  • Determined how?
  • "We can discover this meaning in life in three
    different ways (1) by doing a deed (2) by
    experiencing a value and (3) by suffering."
  • -Frankl

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A task of doing
  • Doing for others (the others is a personal
    definition).

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A task of sacrifice
  • If its easy it doesnt work for combat veterans.

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And how do you know when youve found it?
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No one searches alone…
  • The role of family, friends, society
  • Krause …Current emotional support reduces the
    effects of trauma on meaning, whereas negative
    inter-personal contacts tend to intensify the
    pernicious effects of trauma on meaning in life.

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The payoff
  • The resiliency of combat veterans gives us people
    of extraordinary ability.

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We honor our warriors…
  • because they are brave and because, by seeing
    death on the battlefield, they come to appreciate
    the greatness of life.
  • -Winnebago Elder, 1985

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Combat values can spread…
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Thank you.
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