BEACH -- Ray Scurfield, associate professor
of social work at The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast,
spent three decades working with hundreds of combat veterans of the
Vietnam War. In his new book, A Vietnam Trilogy. Veterans and Post-Traumatic
Stress: 1968, 1989 and 2000, Scurfield describes the stories of how
many veterans have been impacted by war--both short and long term.
"My goal was to offer the veterans, their families
and communities some insight to veterans' reactions to the stress
of combat and postwar readjustment," Scurfield said. "Hopefully
this information will be helpful to veterans recovering from the
long-term impact of war trauma and for those who care about them."
Scurfield served as a social work Army officer on
a psychiatric team in Vietnam from 1968-69. In A Vietnam Trilogy,
Scurfield uses his experience to analyze military mental health
in the war zone and decades later. Recognizing that reactions to
combat trauma and stress are both normal and expected, Scurfield
describes various healing techniques and therapeutic survival practices.
In 1989 and 2000, Scurfield co-led return trips to
Vietnam with combat veterans, allowing new insights of recovery
during peaceful times. He also directed several national and regional
innovative treatment programs and research studies in the U.S. Deptartment
of Veteran Affairs.
For more information, contact Scurfield at (228) 867-8766
or at email@example.com.