The director of an organization named Soldier's Heart will discuss PTSD at Albany Law School in Room 200 on Monday, Sept. 26, 2011, at 4:00 p.m. Dr. Edward Tick, author of the groundbreaking book War and the Soul and founder of Soldier’s Heart, is a practicing psychotherapist specializing in veterans with Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). He will visit Albany Law School to discuss the impact of PTSD on veterans and their families, as well as how organizations are working to help those who suffer from PTSD. Between 15 percent and 20 percent of all soldiers fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan show signs of PTSD or depression, according to a U.S. Army study of almost 2,300 soldiers released in 2008. The term Soldier’s Heart was coined in the time of the Civil War to describe the condition now known as Post–traumatic Stress Disorder. The organization Soldier’s Heart was created in response to the outpouring of concern for U.S. veterans and their psychological wounds. Soldier’s Heart provides direct services to veterans and educates groups on how to start support services.
Albany Law School Professor Vincent Bonventre, who formerly served in U.S. Army Military Intelligence and the Judge Advocate General's Corps, will moderate the discussion.