Struggling Through Traumatic Grief and Loss Towards Resilience

Combat Stress Magazine: Winter 2022/2023
Volume 11, Number 4



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

Chaplain LTC (RET) David J. Fair, PhD, DMin, CTS, FAIS
May 5, 1946 – January 7, 2023

Leading through Traumatic Loss and Grief in Law Enforcement
By Richard S. Biehl, Police Chief (RET), Dayton Police Department
With contributions by:
Maris Herold, Police Chief, Boulder, CO Police Department
Thomas Wells, Police Chief, Springdale, OH Police Department

When a Rock Meets a Hard Place
By Marla W. Friedman, PhD, Clinical/First Responder Psychologist,

Trauma-Focused Therapy for PTSD? Really! Ethical and Scientific Concerns via a Clinical Example
By Louise Gaston, PhD, FAIS

Understanding Stress on Those Who Serve (An Observation About Public Servants)
By Robert B. (Scott) Kuhnen, USAF Civilian (RET)

 Leveraging the Power of Community to Help Our Veterans
By COL (RET) DJ Reyes

Running Towards a Closing Gate
By Officer Tom McMurtry, CPT (RET) US Army Special Forces

Gold Star Families Memorial Keynote Address
By Kathy Platoni, PsyD, DAAPM, FAIS, Clinical Psychologist, COL (RET), US Army

Military Service Celebrated
By Anderegg, Norvell, Woodward, and Platoni (October 2022)

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
Reverend Charles Grantham, PhD, MSH, FAIS, APF
Jeff Jernigan, PhD, LPC, BCCPC, FAIS
Tom McMurtry, DAIS
John H. Thurman, Jr. M.Div., MA
Richard Young, PhD, FAIS

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.

Chair: Kathy Platoni, PsyD, DAAPM, FAIS
COL (RET), US Army, COL/Ohio Military Reserve/State Defense Forces,
Dayton SWAT, Editor, Combat Stress magazine

Richard S. Biehl, MA, FAIS, Police Chief (Ret), Dayton, Ohio

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

Charlie Bass, MD, PhD, FAIS, LTC (Ret), U.S. Army, Veteran of OIF/OEF

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

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