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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 (
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
    over PTSD
  • 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
Thank You for Visiting

Jana Crowder
Working in a War Zone: Post Traumatic Stress Disorder in Civilians Contractors  Returning from
Iraq-  2006
  • The Honorable Gary L. Ackerman, The
    Honorable George M. Staples, Laurence G.
    Brown, M.D, Mr. Steve Kashkett
Art Faust
Photos provided by Jana Crowder from
my  PTSD Conference in Knoxville,Tn.
Contractors on the Battlefield
Awareness Day

June 27th
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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

Have you, or someone you know:
  • Been through combat?
  • Lived through a disaster?
  • Experienced any other kind of traumatic event?

Understanding PTSD
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.
  • Anger and Trauma-
    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.
  • Avoidance-
    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
    and PTSD.
  • 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.
  • Nightmares and PTSD
    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
    are presented.
  • Self-Harm
    What is self-harm, how common is it, who
    engages in self-harm and why, and treatments
    for self-harming behavior.
  • Sleep and PTSD
    Learn why people with PTSD may have trouble
    sleeping and what they can do about it.
  • Suicide and PTSD
    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

  • Types of Trauma

  • Assessment
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.
  2. MMPI
  3. Rorschach

- Treatment

- 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

Washington Post
July 10, 2005

    by David Phinney,
    Special to CorpWatch
    May 24th, 2005
    August 17, 2005

    S.F.Gate. 2004

    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
    and computers.
    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

    The New York Times
    February 8, 2007

    L.A. Times- July 4, 2007

    The New York Times
          September 1, 2009

    The United States has assembled an imposing industrial army in Iraq that's larger than its uniformed fighting force and is responsible for...
    By Richard Lardner
         The Associated Press

    Nov. 28,2007

  • 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
    Roanoke Times
    Oct. 4, 2006

    Halliburton Watch
    Sept, 21 2006  

    The New York Times
    July 5th, 2007

    Armen Keteyian
    CBS News
    February 11, 2009

    March 12, 2007

    ABC NEWS Oct. 3, 2007

    Special to
    Jan.17, 2012

    Farrah Stockman January 20,2007
    Private Trauma

    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

    June 17, 2007-L.A. TIMES

    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)
    Anna Badkhen,
    November 19,2006

    Bryce Benson
    Published on 05.10.07

    Jeremy Schwartz -  AMERICAN-STATESMAN STAFF Nov. 5, 2011

    By James Risen

    ABC News - Feb 12, 2007

         Published: May 19, 2007

    By Farah Stockman
    Globe Staff
    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)
    Jared Wade
          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

    ByMichael Gisick
    Stars and Stripes
    Published: June 1, 2010

    Published 5:52 am, Friday, January 25, 2013
    Read More from the Houston KHOU TV - Ex-Iraq contractor from Texas gets prison, fraud.
    "SAN ANTONIOA 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