AMC Chief Medical Officer talks about PTSD and what the Army is doing to combat it

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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, or PTSD, is something we hear a lot about.  It is more common than you would think and this week, the Army Materiel Command Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Andrew Kim stopped by WHNT News 19 to give his perspective on this debilitating disorder.

“Taking the anatomy of how PTSD manifests itself in our lives, in combat particularly where it’s an obvious stressful environment, all of our soldiers, airmen and Marines are volunteers.”  says Dr. Kim.  “They volunteer to serve and join the forces that defend this country. So there is kind of the sense that those folks are much more at risk.  Just because of that job description, the Army, especially the past 15 years since Gulf War Two era, has learned how to prevent the manifestation much more effectively by a preventive strategy. Where the Army instituted the ready and resilient campaign that started about ten years ago, and has focused on the end state.  Helping our soldiers and their families who go through a lot of trauma, both physical and emotional to manage it during, after, and particularly before it happens so that we are stronger when we are experiencing a traumatic event.”

View our entire conversation with AMC Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Andrew Kim here in three parts: