Saturday, 28 May 2011

Another death in Afghanistan

Bombardier Karl Manning became the 156th Canadian soldier to die in Afghanistan and the second to be killed in 2011.

He died in a non-combat incident. 
I hope the military will be forthcoming for the family. Cover-ups help no one. While 'blame' solves nothing, this type of thing must be learned from to prevent or help others.

This case (Grieving mother -  below) is as tragic. We know so much more about PTSD, having learned it during Vietnam, and understanding that it applies to many in many situations: rape, accidents, incidents, emotional trauma may last a long time. 

 mother's public pleas over death of soldier son win ...

29 Oct 2010 ... Langridge, 28, served in Afghanistan and suffered from post traumatic stress disorder. ... And she outlined a string of mistakes that added to the family's ... stinging of all, withholding his suicide note for 14 months.

My aunt and father

WW II soldiers - from my late mother's album
PTSD and Older Veterans | Psych Central

12 Dec 2006 ... PTSD and Older Veterans. By National Center for PTSD ... the impact of war trauma for veterans of the Vietnam war and the Persian Gulf war, ... For most World War II veterans, those memories still can be upsetting.

Evolution of Shell Shock to Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

What was so unusual was the large numbers of veterans being affected after Vietnam. The pattern of neuropsychiatric disorder for combatants of World War II.

Critical Incident Stress Intervention[PDF](Toronto Police)

The critical incident: concepts and interventions comprises a range of crisis intervention services that usually include pre-crisis training, individual crisis counseling, group debriefing, and postincident referral for primary and secondary victims. CISM is utilized to address the aftermath of violent acts, and has evolved from earlier crisis intervention and group psychological debriefing procedures. These approaches have been used throughout the world, and CISM is emerging as a standard of care.

Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM) Services - Employee ...

31 Aug 2007 ... Description of the services offered by the Employee Assistance Services (Health Canada) through the Employee Assistance Program (EAP)


W.C.Camp said...

I will remember Karl Manning on Memorial Day. Thank you for considering his loved ones as well. You are a kind soul! W.C.C.

EG CameraGirl said...

Another sad - very sad - story from Afghanistan. :(