A nationally-renowned authority on post-traumatic stress disorder reveals the psychiatric impact of war on soldiers and veterans, which is denied or minimized by government and the military. Through efforts to treat veterans of past conflicts he illustrates the inevitability of lifelong psychiatric scars from US engagement in Iraq, Afghanistan and other conflicts.
Dr. Scurfield discusses what the VA can (but rarely does) do for veterans with PTSD and describes his own work with military personnel and veterans in handling the depression, risk of suicide, and other symptoms of PTSD that so often derive from the trauma of military service in both combat and noncombat positions.
This 3-volume series, Vietnam Trilogy, has been selected as one of four finalists for the MWSA (Military Writers Society of America) 2009 non-fiction book award. Raymond Monsour Scurfield, DSW, LCSW, ACSW, is an Associate Professor in the School of Social Work at the University of Southern Mississippi—Gulf Coast. A Vietnam veteran, he worked for the Dept. of Veterans Affairs for 25 years and directed PTSD mental health programs in Los Angeles, Washington DC, the Pacific Northwest, Hawaii and American Samoa.
Dr. Scurfield is recognized nationally and internationally for his expertise in war-related PTSD through his leadership of innovative treatment programs, 50+ publications, 250+ presentations, educational videos, national media appearances and research.
Scurfield has published works on racism and PTSD, and the continuing psychological impact of the events of 9/11. He co-led an award-winning study-abroad course taking three combat veterans and 16 history students to Vietnam, in 2000, in a program that uniquely combined history and mental health curriculum and experiential learning.
Scurfield has received several outstanding university teacher awards and he was awarded the Department of Veterans Affairs Olin E. Teague award for extraordinary contributions benefiting war-injured veterans. He received the 2006 Mississippi Social Worker of the Year Award by the Mississippi Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers in recognition of his post-Hurricane Katrina social work activities and post-traumatic stress interventions on the MS Gulf Coast since August 29, 2005. His achievements in the study and treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder have become landmarks in psychiatry.