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2021 Service-Learning Symposium: Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and Military Families

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Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and Military Families

Authors: Ylana Fanfan, Zachary Goodelman, Jessica Kinsey, Austin McCanless, Terrence Pippen, and Daniel Staab

Faculty Supervisor: Laura Grantham, DNP,  RN

Community Partner: St. Simons By-The-Sea, Gateway Behavioral Health Services


Our project concerns the impact of post-traumatic stress disorder on the families of military service members and veterans. Due to the impact of COVID-19, we have been unable to present our projects to the community as of yet, though we hope this will change soon. The project itself is composed of a conceptual pamphlet with information pertaining to PTSD's role in relationship strain across three distinct subsets of the military family population: spouses, children, and caretaking families. This project taught our group about just how deeply PTSD scars not only the service members and veterans themselves, but their loved ones as well. We all had our own ideas about how PTSD impacts lives, but reading the qualitative testimonials and quantitative data of military families was eye opening and gave us a realistic perspective of the topic. We look forward to creating our materials and presenting our project to the greater community!