This two day training module is taught by a Marine Corps veteran who has worked with veterans and police officers on issues of transition and service for over a decade. A survivor of a tragic jet crash as a US Marine and someone who overcame severe PTSD, he understands personally the kind of issues veterans face coming home and how to respond to them. As a mentor and teacher to many police departments and law enforcement officers across the country, he is committed to helping them all “come home”.
More and more veterans are having trouble transitioning home to our communities. While many have a healthy integration, others face a myriad of difficulties from unemployment, depression, PTSD and in some cases, destructive behavior such as domestic violence, suicide, and other disturbances.
Law enforcement is facing its own pressures: morale, budgeting, staffing, a hostile media environment, and a myriad of other issues. In many ways, their struggle to “come home” can be as challenging as that of a veteran.
This class will prepare your officers to better respond to veterans while making themselves more resilient. Combat veterans and police officers have similar lifetime rates of conditions like PTSD, and a resilient police department is the best way to prepare to respond to veterans.
Upon Completion: Participants Will Be Able To:
Understand the difficulties veterans face in the transition home
Understand how PTSD develops and manifests itself in veterans
Understand how to defuse threatening situations with veterans
Understand why resilient officers better respond to veterans in distress
Investigate the connection between suicide, PTSD, and the traumas of service
Better understand the mindset of a veteran whose head is still on the battlefield
Learn tools for helping veterans and first responders make healthy transitions from conditions of trauma
Create a culture of resiliency and pro-active community awareness of veteran and first responder issues
Learn and use simple peer support tools that can be used in your department and your community