Friday, May 13, 2016

Air Force Veteran Making Airmen Aware of Healing PTSD

Veteran raises PTSD awareness, encourages Airmen to seek support
375th Air Mobility Wing Public Affairs
by Sean Clements
5/12/2016

SCOTT AIR FORCE BASE, Ill. -- After separating from the Air Force in 2014, Travis Johnson returned to Scott Air Force Base, Illinois, May 6 to brief newly-minted Airmen on his struggle with overcoming obstacles and expectations of coping with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.

Former Scott Air Force Base Airman Travis Johnson with his service dog, Bella. Johnson recently spoke at the First Term Airmen Center to encourage young Airmen to speak openly about their struggles with stress management. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Jake Eckhardt)

With his service dog, Bella, sitting by his side, Johnson spoke at the First Term Airmen Center to encourage young Airmen to speak openly about their struggles with stress management.

Through the help of on-base resources, as well as retired Chief Master Sgt. Joe Markin, Johnson is in the process of recovering from a military career comprised of three deployments, including one to Iraq.

With assistance from the Air Force's Wounded Warrior Program and Veterans Affairs office, Johnson has been able to pursue a path of treatment for his PTSD and traumatic brain injury symptoms.

"You can sit and watch a slideshow on resilience training, but this is real life," Markin said to the FTAC class. "This is resilience in the flesh."


Johnson explained how the traditional "be tough" mentality can be a hindrance to successful reintegration after high-stress scenarios, such as deployments. Even with a vast array of support services available to the modern military member, it is still an ongoing struggle to convince Airmen to step forward and seek out assistance.
read more here