The combination of our unique backgrounds and skills has enabled us to write this comprehensive guide for not only Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF) and Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF) veterans but also for their families. In over 30 years of experience working with veterans, we have had the privilege of conducting individual, group, couples and family therapy at the San Francisco VA Medical Center and in private practice. In addition we have developed programs for veterans, their spouses and families. We also have trained, supervised and taught graduate and medical students and residents in psychiatry. Our research experience includes developing and implementing treatment interventions for combat veterans diagnosed with posttraumatic stress.
As psychologists and a social worker working with hundreds of veterans over the years, including men and women returning from Iraq and Afghanistan, we share our accumulated knowledge and insights about post-deployment readjustment in Courage After Fire. Our research and clinical expertise in war reactions and healthy coping underlies many of the strategies offered in this self-help book. Most of the examples and anecdotes described in the book are based on our clinical work with veterans returning from Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF) and Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF).
We have presented at various conferences throughout the country on topics such as treatment of war stress, interventions after a traumatic event, approaches to assist OIF and OEF veterans, posttraumatic stress disorder among military personnel, and repatriation of emergency services personnel who have served in Iraq and Afghanistan. Likewise, we have been interviewed by the media about war and its impact on veterans and their loved ones, as well as readjustment after combat.
In addition to the suggestions and tips provided in this book, we offer consultative services, workshops, and presentations to organizations, groups and employers who are helping returning veterans and their families reunite and transition after deployment. We give talks to the public and media in hopes of educating those who work with OIF and OEF veterans about the challenges they face and reducing the stigma these veterans and those close to them have about getting psychological help. We also continue to provide therapy to military service personnel and family members in private practice and at the San Francisco VA Medical Center.
As a team, we are dedicated to providing support to our newest generation of veterans and their loved ones through whatever means best fits the particular situation. If you are interested in any of our services, we can be contacted at the following email addresses:
Keith Armstrong, L.C.S.W
Suzanne Best, Ph.D