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Network started airing Ken Burns’ 10-part series Sunday night, but VA and PBS have come prepared.
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“PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) is a sinister byproduct of war; it affects countless veterans, sometimes long after their service has been completed. And it has likely led to the staggeringly high suicide rate—22 men and women per day—among vets these days.
Although it may make its own appearance in PBS’ new 10-episode Vietnam War documentary, which began airing last night and is produced by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick, PTSD could rear its ugly head for some veterans who choose to watch the series.
According to Texas Public Radio (TPR), some caregivers at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs say the film’s graphic, stress-inducing content could trigger PTSD episodes among its audience of veterans. “Some are going to watch it. Few will,” Henry Peterson, a chaplain at the Department of Veterans Affairs in San Diego, told TPR. “It could bring up some memories they that don’t want to deal with. …It could bring up some memories they may need to deal with.”
Per VA statistics, about 15 percent of Vietnam veterans suffer from PTSD—and about 30 percent have experienced it in their lifetime.
VA psychologist Tina Mayes, on the other hand, told TPR that PTSD can be triggered by just about anything—a sound, smell, news report. That said, Mayes noted that “… the majority of veterans that I work with, when their symptoms are high, they’re actively avoiding any media.”
Thankfully, PBS and the VA have partnered to provide support services to any veteran—from the Vietnam era or any other, for that matter—to cope with whatever psychological trauma the documentary may dredge up. These include a crisis hotline, as well as one where veterans can simply connect with other veterans in need.
As TPR notes, the VA has offered similar PTSD outreach services in the past, when films like Saving Private Ryan premiered in theaters.”
ABOUT: Songs and Stories for Soldiers is a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation dedicated to providing free, customizable electronic entertainment for members of the American Military, both active and retired. We are be providing MP3 players, with headsets and USB connection cable or the most recent technology, free to American Military. We will start with active duty wounded, and as their needs are met we will branch out to Veterans and VA hospitals across the United States.
Taiwan and Lithuania team up against China
Taiwan and Lithuania team up against China
“Taiwan has said it will set up a $200m (£148m) fund to invest in Lithuania as it tries to fend off Chinese diplomatic and trade pressure on the Baltic state.
Taipei said it aims to make its first investment later this year and the money is guaranteed by its national development fund and central bank.
It comes after Lithuania allowed Taiwan to open a de facto embassy there, a potential sign of growing ties.
China downgraded its diplomatic relations with Lithuania days later.”–BBC
John D. Kuhns, author of They Call Me Ishmael. Set in the South Pacific and based on true events, this is a novel about war, gold, Communist China, and the emergence of a new nation.
Set in the South Pacific and based on true events, this is a novel about war, gold, interracial friendship, and the emergence of a new nation.
Growing up in Bougainville, an island archipelago in the South Pacific, Ishmael always wanted to be a soldier. The Crisis—a brutal civil war with Papua New Guinea ignited by the gargantuan Panguna Mine—gives him his chance. As the guerrilla leader of the Bougainville Revolutionary Army, Ishmael secures a peace agreement that provides his islands with a measure of autonomy and the future right to conduct an independence referendum. If the people vote affirmatively, Bougainville could become the newest nation on earth.
In the aftermath of the Crisis, Bougainville’s corrupt and inept government causes a vacuum. From its perch across the Pacific, China salivates. They covet Bougainville, both for its Panguna Mine and its strategic location, and are prepared to do whatever it takes to grab it.
When Ishmael and Bougainville’s chiefs ask Jack Davis, a pin-striped American investor, to help rebuild their economy, he is intrigued. Although primitive, Bougainville holds billions in gold and copper, and its people seem lovely. Jack’s life has been comfortable, but things are changing. His family members have moved on with their lives, and his country doesn’t seem to value people like him anymore. Maybe Bougainville would be different.
That two men—one black and one white—from totally different walks of life could meet on a remote island and decide they stand for the same things is a testament to Bougainville and its people and shapes a story that anyone who believes in the innate goodness of humanity should read. The fact that it all really happened is truly inspirational.
BIO: John D. Kuhns is the author of three previously published novels, including China Fortunes, Ballad of a Tin Man, and South of the Clouds. He writes stories derived from his personal experiences. He has lived and worked in Bougainville since 2015.
BOOK: They Call Me Ishmael
Biden Inflation and the COVID Delta Variant Have Wall Street and Main Street Spooked, What should Investors Do?
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People at banks such as JPMorgan, Morgan Stanley and Goldman Sachs say that so far they’ve made no changes to their re-opening plans. JPMorgan and Goldman have already told employees to begin to return to the office after about a year of at-home working during the worst of the pandemic. While Morgan Stanley has said it expects employees to return to the office after Labor Day.
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