Our newest book
Courage After Fire for Parents:
Strategies for Coping When Your Son or Daughter Returns from Deployment
Published in July, 2013
A critical and underserved part of the support network
for military members are their parents. Often burdened with the financial,
psychological, family and logistic challenges of their son or daughter
who served, they experience their own stress related to both deployment
and readjustment that may unfortunately be overlooked or minimized.
Yet for parents who have maintained a singular focus on the safe return
of their beloved child, the aftermath of deployment can be an overwhelming
emotional roller coaster ride.
Courage After Fire For Parents of Service Members is
a much-needed book offering support and understanding to parents when
their son or daughter returns from war. The authors examine the common
challenges of readjustment through the lens of parenthood, providing
insights, coping tools, resources and practical help to all the mothers
and fathers who selflessly raise and support those who defend our country.
Dear Parents: Help us learn more about the rewards
and challenges of supporting your service member after deployment. Dr.
Suzanne Best and colleagues at Lewis and Clark College's Graduate School
of Education and Counseling are conducting a research study on the experiences
of parents who had a son or daughter deploy to Iraq or Afghanistan.
If you are interested in participating by completing an anonymous survey,
simply click on the following link:
of Service Members Survey
Our first book
Courage After Fire:
Coping Strategies for Troops Returning from Iraq and Afghanistan and
2006 Book of the Year Silver Medal Winner!
Click to read Book
We've written Courage After Fire to acknowledge the
many challenges faced by Iraq and Afghanistan War veterans, and to
support our troops and military families in their transition home.
This self-help guide provides information on combat stress, war related
grief, anger, and sleep problems, and Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI),
as well as the effects of PTSD on couples and children. In addition,
we offer specific strategies and assistance for the post-war adjustment
and combat stress treatment of Iraq and Afghanistan War veterans,
Active Duty service members, National Guard, and Reservists.
To purchase Courage After
Fire, please proceed to Amazon.com
Keith Armstrong recognized as the 2013 VA Social Worker of the
year. Carol Sheets, National VA Director of Social Work states
"The VA Social Worker of the Year award celebrates the accomplishments
of a gifted social worker who exhibits exemplary service in the performance
of his/her job, builds links between individuals and groups in the
organization, thinks and acts innovatively, exceeds the needs of internal
and external customers, and demonstrates outstanding competency in
his/her job. Keith has made major contributions to the professional
practice of Social Work and to patient care. He has created and implemented
innovative and new programs such as developing the first VA mental
health clinic on a community college campus (City of College of San
Francisco Veterans Outreach Program) that pre-dated the Veterans Integration
of Academic Leadership (VITAL) program. He has developed new models
of service delivery providing treatment for families and couples.
Keith has established strong networks with community partners and
is a top notch clinical professor at University of California, San
Francisco. His publications "Courage After Fire"
and "Courage After Fire for Parents" are highly valued
in supporting our returning Servicemembers/Veterans and their families.
We want to acknowledge Keith´s leadership for his significant
contributions to the profession of Social Work and to patient care."
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