As part of Cal Humanities’ statewide initiative War Comes Home and CA Reads 2014, the Sacramento Public Library will present a Public Conversation event, The War Within: Veterans and PTSD on August 17th, from 2:00pm to 3:30pm at the Central Library Tsakopoulos Library Galleria, 828 I Street in Sacramento.
Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) has major consequences for veterans and their families, from joblessness to homelessness, and even suicide. There are 2.3 million veterans from the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, and somewhere between 2% and 14% have been diagnosed with PTSD. Yet PTSD is not a new phenomenon, as literature, drama, and poetry about the experience of war illustrate.
This panel discussion will address new findings about PTSD and look at how understanding of it has changed over time.
Panelists will include:
• David Morris, former infantry officer, US Marine Corps, acclaimed author: The Evil Hours: A Biography of Post-traumatic Stress Disorder and Storm on the Horizon
• Elisabeth McKenna, PhD, Clinical Psychologist – Family Therapist, Polytrauma System of Care (PSC), VA Palo Alto Health Care System
• Bill Ludwig, Vietnam veteran, 1st Lieutenant, US Army Infantry, retired professional, diagnosed with PTSD, Traumatic Brain Injury and other related health issues.
The forum will be moderated by Jay Mechling, PhD, Professor Emeritus of American Studies, UC Davis.