Photo of Dr. E.C. Hurley and Jana
Crowder giving presentation at the
Knoxville,TN. PTSD Conference
presented by American Contractors In
Iraq...founder Jana Crowder.
More on Military Dr. E.C. Hurley
Dr. E.C.Hurley- Dr. E. C. Hurley, Ph.D is a retired
Colonel in the U.S. Army with numerous awards
including the Army’s Meritorious Service Medal (with 2
Oak Leaf clusters), the Bronze Star, the Legion of
Merit, and the Air Assault badge. He is currently a
trainer for the Army Medical Command (AMEDD).
Dr. Hurley has been working with soldiers and veterans
since he enlisted as a Private in the Army during the
Vietnam era. Following his retirement from the military
he established Soldier Center (www.Soldier-Center.
com), Clarksville, TN (near Ft Campbell, KY) as a
means of providing effective treatment to our military,
veterans, and their families struggling with complex
issues following combat deployments. Military
personnel, veterans and their families from across the
nation are treated at Soldier Center.
As Dr. Mark Goulston tells his patients who suffer from
post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), "The fact that
you’re still afraid doesn’t mean you’re in any danger. It
just takes the will and the way for your heart and soul to
accept what the logical part of your mind already
knows." In Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder For
Dummies, Dr. Goulston helps you find the will and
shows you the way.
A traumatic event can turn your world upside down, but
there is a path out of PTSD. This reassuring guide
presents the latest on effective treatments that help you
combat fear, stop stress in its tracks, and bring joy back
into your life. You'll learn how to:
- Identify PTSD symptoms and get a diagnosis
- Understand PTSD and the nature of trauma
- Develop a PTSD treatment plan
- Choose the ideal therapist for you
- Decide whether cognitive behavior therapy is
right for you
- Weight the pros and cons of PTSD medications
- Cope with flashbacks, nightmares, and disruptive
- Maximize your healing
- Manage your recovery, both during and after
- Help a partner, child or other loved one triumph
- Know when you're getting better
- Get your life back on track
Whether you're a trauma survivor with PTSD or the
caregiver of a PTSD sufferer, Post-Traumatic Stress
Disorder For Dummies, gives you the tools you need to
win the battle against this disabling condition.
Stress Disorder For
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|Working in a War Zone: Post Traumatic Stress Disorder in Civilians Contractors Returning from
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|Photos provided by Jana Crowder from
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- PTSD Overview
have reactions such as upsetting memories of the
event, increased jumpiness, or trouble sleeping. If
these reactions do not go away or if they get worse,
you may have Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).
Have you, or someone you know:
- Been through combat?
- Lived through a disaster?
- Experienced any other kind of traumatic event?
Understanding PTSD (PDF)
Includes full color photos, real stories, and more.
- Other Common Problems
Discusses ASD, including who is at risk, how is it
treated, and how is it related to PTSD.
Describes the relationship between trauma and
anger and provides treatment strategies for the
three manifestations of anger.
- Reminders of Trauma: Anniversaries-
On the anniversary of traumatic events, some
people may find that they experience an increase
in distressing memories of the event.
Explains emotional and behavioral avoidance
and how avoidant coping can get in the way of
healing from trauma.
- Chronic Pain and PTSD: A Guide for Patients-
Learn more about chronic pain, how doctors
evaluate it, and how is may be related to trauma
- Common Reactions After Trauma
Following exposure to a trauma most people
experience stress reactions. Here is a description
of the types of common symptoms that can
occur. Common problems are also addressed.
- Depression, Trauma and PTSD
Explains what depression is, how it is treated,
and what you can do about it.
Explains what nightmares are, how common they
are, how they are related to PTSD, and what
effective treatments exist.
- PTSD and Problems with Alcohol Use
- The impact of PTSD on alcohol use and
- PTSD and Substance Abuse in Veterans
Explains how PTSD is related to Substance Use
Disorder (SUD) in Veterans. Treatment options
What is self-harm, how common is it, who
engages in self-harm and why, and treatments
for self-harming behavior.
Learn why people with PTSD may have trouble
sleeping and what they can do about it.
Learn about the relationship between trauma,
PTSD, and suicide.
- Traumatic Brain Injury and PTSD
Discusses TBI, its relationship to PTSD, ways to
cope, and TBI
The Impact of Event Scale
The Impact of Event Scale - Revised
The PTSD Checklist - Civilian Version
The PTSD Checklist - Military Version
The Clinician Administered PTSD Scale- DSM-IV
The Mississippi Scale for Civilian PTSD
The Posttraumatic Stress Diagnostic Scale
The Trauma Symptom Inventory
The Trauma Symptom Checklist for Children
- Several personality/psychological
assessment instruments also have
indicators for PTSD, and may be
approriate depending on your goals,
setting, client, etc.
- Return from War
- PTSD and Communities
- PTSD Research
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*Marines Jail Contractors in Iraq -
by David Phinney CorpWatch 2005
See the Zapata Team
July 10, 2005
by David Phinney,
Special to CorpWatch
May 24th, 2005
August 17, 2005
The war in Iraq is killing nine civilian contractors a week on average, roughly three times the rate of last year, and U.S. Government statistics show that non-Americans do most of the dying…. The contractors —
mostly Iraqis and nationals from more than 30 developing nations — perform jobs from guarding senior U.S. Officials to translating, cooking meals, driving trucks, cleaning toilets and servicing weapons systems
How many of those TCNs and Iraqi nationals are collecting their benefits as guaranteed by the Defense Base Act remains unexplored territory.
By David Phinney
Maya 24, 2007
By PHILIP SHENON
The New York Times
February 8, 2007
By JAMES GLANZ September 1, 2009
The New York Times
The United States has assembled an imposing industrial army in Iraq that's larger than its uniformed fighting force and is responsible for... The Associated Press
By Richard Lardner
- The Rough Cut by David Phinney
The convoy leader of a Rocky Mount-based National Guard unit rebuts an ABC News report that he and other members of the 1173rd Transportation Company abandoned a civilian convoy.By John
Oct. 4, 2006
Sept, 21 2006
The New York Times
July 5th, 2007
February 11, 2009
By RUSSELL GOLDMAN
ABC NEWS Oct. 3, 2007
Special to WorldTribune.com
Farrah Stockman January 20,2007
A Bloody Business, retired Army Colonel Gerald Schumacher wrote, "since the first Gulf war in 1991, the portion of private forces to military forces has more than quadrupled." Today, the Pentagon
estimates that America is employing some 700,000 civilian contractors; 22% of who are American. They are called the "shadow Army."
Patrick Michels March 21, 2008
By Brad Knickerbocker
The Christian Science Monitor July 18, 2007
By John Rutherford, NBC News producer, Washington
December 20, 2007
CIVILIAN CONTRACTORS -Contractors wounded or killed in Iraq are the anonymous casualties. Ceremonies are secret, and benefits are scarce.Feb.12 2007 L.A. Times
SF GATE (San Francisco Chronicle)
Published on 05.10.07
Jeremy Schwartz - AMERICAN-STATESMAN STAFF Nov. 5, 2011
By James Risen
NEW YORK TIMES NEWS SERVICE July 5, 2007
By JOHN M. BRODER and JAMES RISEN Published: May 19, 2007
By Farah Stockman
March 6, 2008
Combat stress afflicts civilian contractors returning from Iraq
Mental health and Psychiatry news Jul 07, 2007
- Read more: Combat stress afflicts civilian contractors returning from Iraq -Mental health and Psychiatry news-WASHINGTON -- Contractors who have worked in Iraq are returning home with the same
kinds of combat-related mental health problems that afflict US military personnel, according to contractors, industry officials, and mental health specialists. But, they say, the private workers are
largely left to find care on their own , and their problems are often ignored or are inadequately treated. A vast second army of contractors, up to 126,000 Americans, Iraqis, and other foreigners, are
working for the US government in Iraq.
- By James Risen, New York Times News Service
Boston Globe - July 5, 2007
Charley Keye,CNN NEWS November 29, 2011
In Afghanistan, 105,000
U.S troops are supported by about 101,000 civilian contractor
Only 23,000 of those contractors are U.S. Citizens. About 50,000 are Afghans and 27,900 come from other countries
December 24, 2011
- Contractors in War Zones: Not Exactly Contracting. "U.S. Military forces may be out of Iraq, but the unsung and unrecognized part of America’s modern military establishment is still serving and sacrificing —
the role played by private military and security contractors."
By David Isenberg Oct. 09, 2012
February 27 to Tuesday February 28, 2012 TBA, Washington, DC
Risk and Insurance Management Society, Inc. (RIMS) February 17,2012
- The Invisible Army -For foreign workers on U.S. Bases in Iraq and Afghanistan, war can be hell - "More than seventy thousand third-country nationals” work for the American military in war zones; many
report being held in conditions resembling indentured servitude by subcontractors who operate outside the law. Photographs by Peter Van Agtmael."
The New Yorker
by Sarah Stillman
June 6, 2011
Stars and Stripes
Published: June 1, 2010
Published 5:52 am, Friday, January 25, 2013 HoustonChron.com
Read More from the Houston KHOU TV - Ex-Iraq contractor from Texas gets prison, fraud.
"SAN ANTONIO—A former Texas co-owner of a development company has been sentenced to 2 ½ years in prison for submitting nearly $1.3 million in fake invoices for Iraq reconstruction.
Prosecutors in San Antonio say 33-year-old Jill Ann Charpia in August pleaded guilty to falsifying official documents. The former San Antonio woman was sentenced Thursday in connection with fabricated
documents and forged signatures related to Iraq reconstruction government contracts. She must also pay at least $920,000 in restitution.
Charpia during 2008 and 2009 co-owned Sourcing Specialist LLC, a privately owned firm that contracted with the U.S. Government to help develop business opportunities in Iraq."
February 6, 2009
Masoud Popalzai, CNN December 24, 2012
By Peter Apps, Political Risk Correspondent
Oct 21, 2012