Course focuses on PTSD effects on families

Thursday, May 7, 2009
By Terry J. Goodman
Deputy Public Affairs Officer

The life of a military spouse is as intricately woven as that of a hand-sewn quilt. Each rich, colorful square tells a story about the creators life good and bad.

For five women who recently completed a week-long military spouse course at the Defense Health Clinical Center (DHCC) at Walter Reed Army Medical Center, many of the recent patches in their life-quilts tell a lonely and sometimes sad tale as their husbands continue to rebuild their lives after being diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.

However, after a week of professional guidance, and sharing their stories with other women without fear or rejection, the group was ready for an afternoon (April 24) of sightseeing and reflection before returning to their families. Three will return to Fort Bragg, N.C., one to the U.S. Military Academy in New York, and another will travel the 40-mile drive up I-95 to Baltimore.

Carrie Louque, wife of a Fort Bragg Soldier, feels better equipped to continue to help her husband reconnect with their family and deal with the challenges PTSD can bring.


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