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Keven Moore: What to do to reduce PTSD with first responders? Needs to be treated as workplace issue

In Covington, after 26 years of service, Assistant Chief Chip Terry went into a deep depression shortly after retirement. Everybody I have talked to who knew him has told me that he was a wonderful family man who loved his community and his children. But his service to the community took a toll on his life and in September 2017 he took his own life. In a speech that recapped his life at his retirement,...

Keven Moore: First responders and the risk of PTSD — the problems are real and need to be addressed

As a parent of three adult kids, I have raised them to always show first responders the respect that they deserve. To role model this behavior my kids have seen me buy first responders meals while we were out visiting a local restaurant or they have seen me go out of my way to stop and thank them for the work that they do.  Like most of us, my kids have had some encounters or witnessed situations...

Mutts 4 the Military matches veterans with 4-legged friends — dogs get a good home and a purpose

Mutts 4 the Military rescues dogs from high-kill shelters and places them where they are needed the most — with veterans and active duty military personnel. These dogs are vetted, trained, and certified as emotional support companions at no cost to the recipient. Help is also available with any future veterinarian bills if needed. It is the organization’s goal to place at least 20 dogs a year...

Black Walls Turn Gray by Mt. Sterling native is fiction but shines light on all-too-real PTSD

‘Black Walls Turn Gray’ author Brad Jones served in Afghanistan. Although the book is fiction, Jones wants it to be a source of hope for veterans who suffer from post-traumatic stress syndrome. (Photo provided)   By Kristy Robinson Horine KyForward correspondent   Quince Magowan is the all-American – and all-Kentucky – boy.   He is a record-setting legend on the...

Salute to Veterans: Bass believes ‘stigma’
of PTSD keeps many vets from seeking help

To honor those who have served our country in the military, KyForward has joined with a UK School of Journalism advanced journalism class taught by Dr. Michael Farrell for a series of stories on veterans and their personal experiences. We hope these stories provide insight for all of us and give special meaning to the celebration of Veterans Day.   By Caleb Oakley Special to KyForward   About...

Veteran Benjamin Congleton rebounds from ‘low, low place’ to attend EKU, inspire others

Former Marine Benjamin Congleton suffers from post post traumatic stress disorder but considers attending Eastern Kentucky University ‘therapy’ as well as academic preparation. (Photo from EKU/Terrence Humphrey)   Special to KyForward   Like many of his some 1,300 fellow military veterans enrolled at Eastern, former Marine Benjamin Congleton suffers from post traumatic stress...