About This Show
The MN National Guard has the highest suicide rate in the country. After a decade plus of continuous war, thousands of our neighbors suffer from hidden wounds of war: PTSD, Military Sexual Trauma, and Moral Injury. This audio series is documenting the effort of the Veteran Resilience Project to raise the funds necessary to deliver a powerful trauma therapy that has already saved the lives of over 2,000,000 people worldwide and needs to be made available to our vets...NOW. This is truly an urgent mission. Every day 22 veterans commit suicide because the community has failed to take responsibility for sending these brave young citizens to war.
Join host Paul Riedner, formerly an Army deep sea diver, interview resilient, thriving Iraq, Afghanistan, and Vietnam veterans. These are stories from the heart of the veteran experience: stories from boot camp, war, deployment, leaders they admired, struggles of reintegration. Some will bust your gut laughing and others will leave you in tears, but every one tells the larger story of how thousands of men and women found themselves in war and what they found when they returned.
Most Recent Episode
Extraction Team Fireman - Scott Geiselhart
"It shocked me because I thought ptsd was a military thing. I didn't think a firefighter could get it. I didn't think anyone else could get it. In fact I didn't even believe in ptsd. I thought it was a cop-out. "
Frazee Fire Department
Rescue Unit/Extraction Team
Scott is a firefighter from Frazee, MN with lots of experience working on a rescue team, using the "Jaws of Life" to extricate people from vehicle accidents. Listen to his amazing story.
Things You'll Learn:
- How Scott's work on an extraction rescue unit in the fire department left him in crisis
- How post-traumatic stress emerges after years of "stuffing that stuff from the accidents away".
- Why Scott began using meth-amphetamines
- How many crisis phone numbers Scott had to call to get someone who could actually help.
- What the "Share the Load" program is
- How EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization & Reprocessing) saved his life
- What doing EMDR was like
Links to Things Discussed:
American Addiction Center (Fire Services) http://americanaddictioncenters.org/fire-services/
Share the Load Program http://www.nvfc.org/programs/share-the-load-program/
The Village: Mental Health Services in Fargo, ND https://www.thevillagefamily.org/
You can email Scott at email@example.com
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Executive Director | Veteran Resilience Project