Service in the military demands full commitment of mind and body. And that service can take a toll, especially for the soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines who go into combat on behalf of our nation.
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder - PTSD - is an all-too-common side effect of military service, particularly for our combat veterans. June is National PTSD Awareness Month – an effort to shine a light on issues related to PTSD, reduce the stigma associated with it, and help ensure that those suffering receive proper treatment.
The latest episode of Veterans AZ features an interview with Chad Arruda and Adam Bigelow, our Arizona Veterans of the Month. Their military service as United States Army combat veterans is laudable - but since then, they have dedicated themselves to helping fellow combat veterans heal the hidden wounds of war through work with the PTSD Foundation of America .
We also sat down with Dr. Brandi Luedtke, a clinical psychologist and the program manager of the PTSD clinical team at the Phoenix VA Medical Center , who provides an overview of the condition and discusses some of the newest treatment techniques.
In addition to being available online, Veterans AZ is televised on Scottsdale Video Network (Cox Cable channel 11) Mondays at 3 and 8 a.m.; noon, 4, 7 and 10 p.m.; Wednesdays at 4 and 9 a.m.; 1, 5, 8 and 11 p.m. Veterans AZ is also available in your favorite podcast app.
About Veterans AZ (VeteransAZ.org)
Veterans AZ is a video series that shares the stories of Arizona veterans and focuses attention on the many organizations and programs that serve veterans in the Valley of the Sun. The program is produced as part of the Scottsdale Veterans Advisory Commission's efforts to increase communication and awareness about veterans, their accomplishments, and the services and organizations supporting those who have worn the uniform of the United States armed forces. This program is produced by the City of Scottsdale, but features veterans news and information from across the Valley of the Sun and Arizona.