The Fall of Afghanistan

Combat Stress Magazine: Fall 2021
Volume 10, Number 3


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Editor’s Message
By Kathy Platoni, PsyD, DAAPM, FAIS

Dereliction of Duty
By Kathy Platoni, PsyD, DAAPM, FAIS, COL (Ret), US Army

Living Well Is The Best Revenge
By Alexis Artwohl, PhD

 Marxism in America
By LTC (Ret) Charlie Bass, MS, PhD, MD, FAIS

Psychological Consequences of the Biden Afghanistan Debacle                                     By C. Alan Hopewell, PhD, MP, ABPP, MAJ (Ret), US Army

Leave No Man Behind – R.I.P, July 4, 1776 to August 31, 2021
By Gary M. Jackson, PhD

“Thirteen Tomorrows”
By Merissa Lee Kelley

The Fall of Afghanistan Feels Personal
By Tom McMurtry, DAIS, Police Officer (Ret), CPT, US Army, Special Forces (Ret)

Commentary – The Nation’s Longest War
By COL (Ret) DJ Reyes, US Army

Editor In Chief

Daniel L. Kirsch, PhD, DAAPM, FAIS
AIS President


Kathy Platoni, PsyD, DAAPM, FAIS
COL (RET), US Army

Contributing Editors

Josh Briley, PhD, FAIS
Lousie Gaston, PhD
Reverend Charles Grantham, PhD
Jeff Jernigan, PhD, LPC, BCCPC
John H. Thurman, Jr. M.Div., MA
Tom McMurtry, DAIS

Managing Editor

Kathy Schoop

Creative Director

Michael McMahon

AIS Combat Stress Board

Chaired by Colonel Platoni, the role of this board is to develop initiatives and communications to serve the stress management needs of Service Members and Veterans.

Kathy Platoni, PsyD, DAAPM, FAIS
Clinical Psychologist
COL (RET), US Army, COL/Ohio Military Reserve
4th Civil Support and Sustainment Brigade

Stephen Barchet, MD, FACOG, CPE, FACP, FAIS
Rear Admiral/MC/US Navy Retired

Richard S. Biehl, MA, FAIS, Police Chief, Dayton, Ohio

Brian S. Earthman MD, FAIS, Psychiatrist, MAJ (Ret), US Army Reserves, Medical Director, EPI, Inc.

Dave Fair, PhD, D Min. CMC, FAIS, Certified Master Chaplain, President ChaplainUSA, Senior Chaplain, Brown County, Office of Emergency Management

Charlie Bass, MD, PhD, FAIS, LTC., U.S. Army, (Ret)

Christiane O’Hara, PhD, FAIS, Advisor, Women Veteran Social Justice Network

Daniel L. Kirsch, PhD, DAAPM, FAIS, Pain and Stress Specialist, US Navy Contractor (Ret), President, The American Institute of Stress

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