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Combat Stress Magazine: Summer 2020
Volume 9, Number 2

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

Courage Really is Beautiful
By Officer (RET) Tom McMurty

Victim Impact
By Sgt. Bill Titley

Mass Attacks and COVID-19: A Military Perspective
By Gary M. Jackson, PhD

Yellow Journalism – Part II
By Charlie Bass, MS, PhD, MD (Lt Col., U.S. Army, Retired)

River to Recovery
By Ryan Pepper and Johanna Miller MA, LPCC

Adverse Effects of Trauma-Focused Therapies (Part 1)
By Louise Gaston, PhD, FAIS

Living with PTSD – My Story of Survival, Falling Down the Well, and Finding Hope
By Lisa Wright, Attorney at Law

How the Best Handle Stress – A First Aid Kit (Part 2)
By Ron Rubenzer, EdD, MA, MPH, MSE, FAIS

Three for Three: A Preliminary Report of Scuba Diving as an Effective Treatment for PTSD – PTSD Progress Through Scuba Diving
By Kevin James

Thank You
By Merisa Kelley

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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

Christiane C. O’Hara, PhD, FAIS

COL Richard P. Petri, Jr., MD, FAIS
Chief, Interdisciplinary Pain Management Center
Director, The Center for Integrative Medicine,
William Beaumont Army Medical Center, El Paso, TX

Melanie Berry, MS, BCB, OMC, FAIS

Daniel L. Kirsch, PhD, DAAPM, FAIS

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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