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Released November 30, 2004

SOCIAL WORK PROFESSOR'S BOOK DESCRIBES IMPACT OF WAR
LONG 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 raymond.scurfield@usm.edu.

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December 10, 2004 9:48 AM