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Panelists to discuss PTSD in ‘War Comes Home’ conversation

By From page A4 | August 15, 2014

As part of Cal Humanities’ statewide initiative War Comes Home, the Sacramento Public Library will present a “public conversation” event, “The War Within: Veterans and PTSD,” from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 17. The event will take place at the Central Library Tsakopoulos Library Galleria, 828 I St. in Sacramento.

Post-traumatic stress disorder has major consequences for veterans and their families, from joblessness to homelessness, and even suicide. There are 2.3 million veterans from the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, and somewhere between 2 percent and 14 percent have been diagnosed with PTSD. Yet PTSD is not a new phenomenon, as literature, drama and poetry about the experience of war illustrate.

This panel discussion will address new findings about PTSD and look at how understanding of it has changed over time.

Moderated by Jay Mechling, a professor of American studies at UC Davis, the panel will include:

* David Morris, a former infantry officer, OEF (Afghanistan), and author of “The Evil Hours: A Biography of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and Storm on the Horizon”;

* Elizabeth McKenna, a clinical psychologist and family therapist with the Veterans Affairs Palo Alto Health Care System; and

* Bill Ludwig, a Vietnam veteran and 1st lieutenant in the U.S. Army infantry, who was diagnosed with PTSD, traumatic brain injury and other related health issues.

This “public conversation” is part of a statewide conversation sponsored by Cal Humanities about veterans returning to California. Through more than 800 lectures, forums, film screenings, discussion groups, exhibits and a statewide reading program, Californians will consider these questions and more.

For more information, visit calhum.org/programs/war-comes-home.

Enterprise staff

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