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Combat Stress Magazine: Spring 2021
Volume 10, Number 1


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

Mother of An American Hero
By Beverly Kay Peyton – Chaplain “Mom Bev” Peyton

Mass Victim Attacks: Are You Prepared?
By Gary M. Jackson, PhD

The Traffic Stop – The Stress of Causing Stress
By Officer Tom McMurtry

American Alpha-Stim Cranial Electrotherapy Stimulation Technology
Proven to Treat Depression and Significantly Reduce Suicidal Thoughts
According to New Chinese Army Study
By Daniel L. Kirsch, PhD, FAIS

Sensorimotor Psychotherapy: An Alternative for Veterans
By Chris Zaglifa, MSW, LCSW, SAC

How the Best Handle Stress – A First Aid Kit – The “Rules”
By Ron Rubenzer, EdD, MA, MPH, MSE, FAIS

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
Richard Young, PhD

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)

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

Combat Stress Magazine

Combat Stress magazine is written with our military Service Members, Veterans, first responders, and their families in mind. We want all of our members and guests to find contentment in their lives by learning about stress management and finding what works best for each of them. Stress is unavoidable and comes in many shapes and sizes. It can even be considered a part of who we are. Being in a state of peaceful happiness may seem like a lofty goal but harnessing your stress in a positive way makes it obtainable. Serving in the military or being a police officer, firefighter or paramedic brings unique challenges and some extraordinarily bad days. The American Institute of Stress is dedicated to helping you, our Heroes and their families, cope with and heal your mind and body from the stress associated with your careers and sacrifices.

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