Posted by Michael Putzel • February 07, 2018
My cousin, Judith Putzel, specializes in preventing or interrupting PTSD among people who experience trauma in accidents, natural disasters, etc. She was quoted in an article by staff writer Liora Engel-Smith in the Keene, N.H., Sentinel on February 3, 2018, about extending compensation to first responders with the disorder. An excerpt from that story:
Not every grisly incident triggers full-blown PTSD, said Dr. Judith Putzel, a trauma specialist who is part of a statewide volunteer team called the Granite State Critical Incident Stress Debriefing Team. Putzel and other volunteers on the team talk to first responders after particularly difficult incidents, providing what Putzel calls “emotional first aid” — a guided conversation designed to help first responders move past the trauma.
“I would say PTSD, meaning disorder — meaning a really extreme reaction […] READ MORE
Posted by Michael Putzel • December 11, 2017
The following article written by KQED reporter April Dembosky and published by California Healthline is republished here with permission of the publisher.
Reverberations From War Complicate Vietnam Veterans’ End-of-Life Care
April Dembosky, KQED
Many of Ron Fleming’s fellow soldiers have spent the last five decades trying to forget what they saw — and did — in Vietnam.
But Fleming, now 74, has spent most of that time trying to hold onto it. He’s never been as proud as he was when he was 21.
Ron Fleming, former helicopter door gunner in Vietnam
Fleming was a door gunner in the war, hanging out of a helicopter on a strap with a machine gun in his hands. He fought in the Tet Offensive of 1968, sometimes for 40 hours straight, firing 6,000 rounds a minute. But he never […] READ MORE