Post-Traumatic Stress: Looking For A Place To Rest
UPDATED News Canada
February 24, 2013
A Canadian Armed Forces chaplain who was sent to Afghanistan to give spiritual support to the troops came home with post-traumatic stress disorder himself, despite never seeing combat.
Maj. Michel Martin takes listeners to his dark corner of reality, describing a heart-wrenching descent into anguish, depression and anger in a CBC Radio documentary entitled Looking for a Place to Rest. It was produced by John Chipman for The Sunday Edition with Michael Enright.
Martin, who moved into the armed forces after acting as a civilian pastor, was on the front line dealing with the mental suffering of the troops.
The sudden suicide of a soldier under his care, before his deployment to Afghanistan, began his spiral of emotional stress.
“I had a burden on me, I felt guilty,” Martin says.
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Chaplains do not fight in combat but they fight what combat does to others. If you can't understand how Chaplains can need help to, then you don't understand PTSD.