During Chaplain Dundas' deployment to Iraq, he experienced combat first-hand while providing support to service members. He returned home feeling depressed, angry and disconnected from his faith, but with the support of his command, he received care and learned tools and tips for coping with PTSD.
Stress & Anxiety
The demands of military life are challenging. Whether at home or abroad, service members regularly face difficult situations that can cause stress and anxiety.
When left unchecked, these feelings can last weeks or months, get worse, or interfere with your duties at home and in uniform. For this reason, it is important to reach out to your health care provider if you feel intense or lasting stress or anxiety. Your provider can work with you to manage your symptoms and keep you mission ready. Use the following resources to learn about stress, anxiety and other related topics.
While on patrol in Iraq, a single sniper’s bullet severely wounded Capt. Mantz and killed his comrade. Although a devastating event, Mantz experienced no long-term psychological trauma from it thanks to preventive mental health care he received while hospitalized for his physical injuries.
An experienced critical care nurse, Air Force Lt. Col. Carlisle thought she could handle anything on deployment to Iraq. But, the casualties she saw daily took a toll on her psychological health. Returning home with PTSD, she initially worried about seeking treatment, but then found the strength to get the help she needed.