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Combat Stress: Finding the Way Home

Posted on Jun 6, 2013 10:50am

Vietnam Veteran Steve Kroft Hosts a Memorial Day Weekend CBS Radio News Special Exploring PTS Among Veterans

CBS News, CBS Cares Team up to Broadcast "Combat Stress: Finding the Way Home," A CBS Radio News Production to be Offered to 550 Affiliates

          
L to R: Capt. Shannon Meehan, U.S. Army (Ret.), Colonel David W. Sutherland, U.S. Army (Ret.), 60 MINUTES Correspondent Steve Kroft, Charles W. Hoge, MD, Colonel, U.S. Army (Ret.), Steve Robinson, SFC E-7, U.S. Army (Ret.)

CBS News and 60 MINUTES Correspondent Steve Kroft will host "Combat Stress: Finding the Way Home," a special radio hour exploring the impact of post-traumatic stress on our nation's veterans. The hour, a partnership between CBS News and CBS Cares – the award-winning public service campaign of the CBS Corporation -- will be produced by CBS Radio News and made available to its 550 affiliates to be broadcast over the Memorial Day Weekend.

"PTSD can be devastating. It's a critical issue that needs to be discussed often, so the thousands of vets affected by this illness can learn how to cope with it," said Kroft, a combat correspondent and photographer for Pacific Stars and Stripes in the Vietnam War. Kroft has recently been active in veterans' affairs; he delivered the keynote address at the Vietnam Veterans of America national leadership conference held last year in Irving, Texas.

Kroft anchors and speaks with veterans and top experts for "Combat Stress: Finding the Way Home." Consisting of six eight-minute, standalone segments, listeners will hear personal stories from veterans and their families, discussion of treatment options, and stories of encouragement for those suffering with combat stress. Each ends by giving listeners the Web and phone contacts providing help for PTSD. Click here to read more and listen to the segments. http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-201_162-57585903/post-traumatic-stress-disorders-effect-on-u.s-veterans-explored-on-cbs-radio-news/

The four authorities Kroft interviews for the program all have vast experience with PTSD and veterans affairs: Col. David Sutherland, U.S. Army (Ret.) Chairman of the Dixon Center for Military and Veterans Community Services, an organization within Easter Seals, and former combat brigade commander in the Iraq War; Ret. U.S. Army Col. Charles W. Hoge, a nationally recognized medical doctor who is an expert on PTSD; Ret. Capt. Shannon Meehan, author of Beyond Duty (Polity Press), which he wrote after recuperating from his own wounds suffered in an IED attack; and Steve Robinson, a retired non-commissioned officer and Gulf War vet who is recognized as a subject matter expert on a variety of veterans issues including mental health and the resiliency of the force. Sutherland, Meehan and Robinson have all dealt with the effects of PTSD and each found his own path to recovery and healing.

About CBS Cares
At the heart of CBS's public service commitment is the multiple award-winning CBS Cares campaign, which consists of PSAs created by CBS and usually feature talent from a wide array of CBS Television Network programming. These PSAs have addressed numerous causes including often stigmatized health issues that impact the lives of millions of viewers. CBS Cares has also created PSAs to show support for our troops and their families and to support those impacted by Hurricane Sandy. Some PSAs refer viewers to the award-winning CBSCares.tv website, which was described by the Harvard School of Public Health as a "breakthrough website" for its depth of health information.

About CBS News
CBS News is the news and information arm of CBS Corporation, dedicated to providing the best in journalism under standards it pioneered at the dawn of radio and television and continues to set in today's digital age. Headquartered in New York, CBS News includes bureaus across the globe and influential, critically acclaimed programs providing news-making features and interviews, investigative reports, analysis and breaking news 24 hours a day, seven days a week, utilizing a multi-platform model for news distribution across television (CBS Television Network), radio (CBS Radio Network), the Internet (CBSNews.com) and hand-held devices (CBS Mobile). CBS News' multiple-award-winning programs include the fastest growing network evening news program THE CBS EVENING NEWS WITH SCOTT PELLEY, #1 news magazine 60 MINUTES, the hard-news focused morning news program CBS THIS MORNING, top-rated true-crime magazine show 48 HOURS, the # 1 Sunday public-affairs show FACE THE NATION and the #1 Sunday morning news program SUNDAY MORNING. Other CBS News originals range from CBS Radio News' WORLD NEWS ROUNDUP, broadcasting's longest running program, to CBS News.com's innovative new webcasts and blogs, available at www.cbsnews.com.



Remember the Fallen.

And please take the time to listen to the CBS News/CBS Cares special titled "Combat Stress: Finding the Way Home." This Radio program, produced by CBS Radio News, is hosted by 60 Minutes Correspondent Steve Kroft and explores the subject of post-traumatic stress that impacts many of our veterans and their families.

CBS Cares recommends the following resources for veterans and their families whose lives have been affected by combat stress:

Veterans Crisis Line
1-800-273-8255 or send a text message to 838255 24hrs a day, 7 Days a Week.

Vets4Warriors (http://www.vets4warriors.com)
1-855-838-8255 or 1-855-VET-TALK

NATIONAL CENTER for PTSD - ptsd.va.gov

Link for Dixon Center at Easter Seals - http://dixon.easterseals.com/site/PageServer?pagename=dixon_homepage

Recommended Books:

Once A Warrior Always A Warrior by Charles W. Hoge, MD, Colonel U.S. Army (Ret.) http://onceawarrior.com/

Beyond Duty by Shannon Meehan, Captain U.S. Army (Ret.) and Roger Thompson, Ph.D http://beyond-duty.com/