Employers need not be uneasy about PTSD in veterans - Ahwatukee Foothills News: Money

default avatar
Welcome to the site! Login or Signup below.
|
||
Logout|My Dashboard

Employers need not be uneasy about PTSD in veterans

Print
Font Size:
Default font size
Larger font size

Related Stories

Posted: Saturday, November 24, 2012 7:00 pm

Many prospective employers seem to be scared of the risks of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) among veterans in the civilian workplace, according to a think tank composed of business, military and health leaders.

Despite these findings, one specialist who has evaluated more than 7,000 veterans with PTSD says veterans can make some of the best employees in the workplace — and there are things a company can do to be better prepared if a problem should arise.

Dr. Harry Croft is a former Army doctor, a psychiatrist specializing in PTSD treatment, and author of the book “I Always Sit with My Back to the Wall.”

His advice to companies who aren’t sure about hiring veterans:

• Understand the veteran. Know his or her skill sets, and the differences in military and civilian cultures. Hire veterans in pairs or groups, because they’re used to working that way.

• Learn about PTSD so if you hire a veteran dealing with it, you know what the symptoms are. This will help you understand that the vet is not trying to be disrespectful or obstinate, and will help you understand the reasons he or she sometimes behaves the way they do.

• Don’t give into the myths, mystique or stigma that can go with the thinking about veterans with PTSD. Do your own research, and keep an open mind.

• Offer veterans you hire the opportunity to speak with someone in confidence, or provide a way that they might be able to deal with their symptoms more effectively.

• Ask yourself why you want to hire a veteran? It shouldn’t be because it’s a tax break, the patriotic thing to do, good for business, or because you feel sorry for them. Their goal isn’t to be considered a charity project, but to have an opportunity to prove they are the right person for the job.

Croft says that since one of five veterans currently suffer from PTSD, and more troops are on their way home, it would be beneficial if all companies would start taking measures to accommodate veterans in the civilian workforce.

Let us all welcome our returning veterans and give them a chance to contribute. Let’s all do what others fail to do.

 

• Marvin Walberg is a job-search coach based in Birmingham, Ala. For contact information, see marvin-walberg.com.

More about

More about

More about

  • Discuss

Congress just gave Trump the authority to send surface-to-air missiles to Syrian fighters

The House passed a defense bill last week that included language giving the incoming Trump administration the authority to send shoulder-fired…

Published: December 6, 2016 - 11:59 am @ https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/checkpoint/wp/…

PD: Burglary vicitm in N. Phoenix directs police helicopter to suspect

PHOENIX - A north Phoenix burglary victim will not be denied justice as he directed a police helicopter to the suspect.  Court records show th…

Published: December 6, 2016 - 11:34 am @ http://www.abc15.com/news/crime/pd-burglary-vicitm…

Final farewell: Green Beret killed in Jordan is laid to rest at Arlington

ARLINGTON, Va. — Their black dress shoes click in unison on the damp pavement amid the white stone markers – a full platoon marching in somber…

Published: December 6, 2016 - 11:33 am @ http://www.stripes.com/final-farewell-green-beret-…

Older Americans are happiest in Hawaii, least happy in West Virginia, according to new Gallup ranking

Despite the creaky knees and reading glasses that come with old age, Americans tend to get happier as they grow older, a new analysis finds. B…

Published: December 6, 2016 - 11:04 am @ https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/inspired-life/…

Amber Alert issued for abducted 12-year-old Safford girl

Savinya Kimball, 12, is believed to have been abducted the morning of Dec. 5 in Safford, Arizona. The child was last seen at a bus stop near S…

Published: December 6, 2016 - 10:01 am @ http://www.dcourier.com/news/2016/dec/05/amber-ale…

Attorney General: Tucson must stop destroying seized guns

TUCSON - The Arizona Attorney General's Office says Tucson must stop destroying guns that have been turned over to police. The Arizona Daily S…

Published: December 6, 2016 - 9:56 am @ http://www.abc15.com/news/region-central-southern-…

Cities are central to any serious plan to tackle climate change

Even before the election of Donald Trump, it was clear that states and cities — what climate nerds call “subnational actors” — are central to …

Published: December 6, 2016 - 9:30 am @ http://www.vox.com/science-and-health/2016/12/6/13…

Major Vets’ Org Launches New Effort To Take Down Political Correctness And Protect First Amendment

5359599One of the nation’s leading veterans organizations is launching a new effort to fight political correctness engulfing the country and p…

Published: December 6, 2016 - 9:29 am @ http://dailycaller.com/2016/12/05/major-vets-org-l…

10 Best Cookies In Metro Phoenix

Allison Young A A Cookie hunting across the Valley can be a dangerous endeavor. Before you know it, it’s cookies for breakfast, cookie-tasting…

Published: December 6, 2016 - 9:29 am @ http://www.phoenixnewtimes.com/restaurants/10-best…


Facebook

ahwatukee.com on Facebook

Twitter

ahwatukee.com on Twitter

RSS

Subscribe to ahwatukee.com via RSS

RSS Feeds

Spacer4px

Most Popular

Online poll

Loading…