Our past experiences are very influential on our lives. They shape our opinions, perceptions and the people we become. You can probably attest to this personally, and you’ve certainly seen this in your own parents or grandparents. They possess certain attitudes toward life because of their past experiences.

This couldn’t be more true for military personnel who have seen things that most others haven’t. They have spent time living in a foreign country, seeing violence up close and fearing for their own lives. Because of the turmoil that soldiers experience firsthand, it’s difficult for this not to play a role in their lives when they return, even decades after serving in another country.

For health care professionals who work with senior citizens, it’s important that they are aware of the various challenges that Veterans face. That’s why Family Private Care is offering a new continuing education course for professionals such as social workers, case managers and nurses.

The informative presentation is hosted by John Butler, a man who served in combat in the US Army as a Field Artillery officer in Vietnam. Butler briefly explores the common problems and reactions associated with combat and operational stress and trauma. Some of the most common issues that soldiers face are post-traumatic stress disorder, depression, traumatic brain injuries, paralysis, the loss of limbs and the risk of suicide.

The presentation will also discuss the various resources that are available for Veterans. Too few take advantage of these services that are provided for them and their families, particularly as they get back on their feet and re-acclimate into their new but once-known world.

Health care professionals will gain a new perspective after taking the course, which is helpful when dealing with senior Veterans. Not only can they better understand some of the frustrations that go along with being a Veteran, but also they can refer them to resources at the state or local level.

Each Continuing Education Unit (CEU) provides the following:

  • 1 clinical/core hour for social workers (ASWB)
  • 1 clock hour for certified case managers (CCMC)
  • 1 Contact Hour for nurses (GNA)

For more information, please visit Family Private Care.