Chicano Veterans Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
Implementation and Transition
Post-Traumatic Stress Syndrome is defined as a psychological condition that affects veterans who have experienced a traumatizing or life-threatening event such as combat, and is more commonly referred to as (PTSD).  PTSD was previously called Shell Shock (WW I) and Battle Fatigue (WW II), as a mental illness that affects many combat veterans.

Virtual PTSD Help to Check Symptoms
from the Privacy of Your Home Computer

A Department of Defense team at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington developed a virtual world for users to learn more about PTSD.  The welsite on uses of an avatar in Second Life to "anonymously explore" a series of examples of examples of with information about PTSD symptoms and how to get help.  This "free" service was started in January 2011 by the National Center for Telehealth and Technology.

The website summary is as follows:  The T2 Virtual PTSD Experience, based in Second Life, is an immersive, interactive learning experience designed to educate visitors about combat-related post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).. It includes a simulation demonstrating how PTSD may be acquired during a combat-related traumatic event, including an explanation of the connections between danger cues and triggers, the role of avoidance in the development of PTSD, and how PTSD is a normal human response to traumatic events.  Additionally, this environment includes simulations of PTSD symptoms, helping the visitor learn through interactive activities how PTSD symptoms may show up in a person's life.  Finally, the environment includes information to help visitors determine whether they or a loved one is in need of care, and how to access that care whether a Department of Defense or VA beneficiary.

Cultural Proficiency Technique

As a practitioner of this working implementation model for Chicano veterans since 1976 in university and community colleges, I use a “Cultural Proficiency Technique” that uses their own family support systems and any applicable military trauma events, to reinforce their own values and a unique experience that recognizes and honors all life threatening events from the outset.

This “cultural proficiency technique” includes having knowledge of all cultures and experiences of diverse veterans and family members and the ability to effectively integrate this knowledge into growth and learning opportunities for themselves...

“Cultural proficiency” involves successful communications and other interactions with both veterans and family members from a variety of cultures.  It requires a contextual understanding that numerous social and institutional dynamics, including the effects of inequities, affect how ethic veterans have been treated, and translates that understanding to the removal of barriers to their success.  “Culture” refers to those things that are shared within a group or society, shared knowledge and beliefs, shared values, shared behavioral expectations, and principles that are widely used or recognized.  “Culture” therefore refers to more than simply race and ethnicity.

These services included a successful emotional transition from the battlefield utilizing their unique successful “Chicano” post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) cultural proficiency techniques and experiences for any veteran or family member after their active military service is completed.

The following is a summary list of cultural proficiency items that led to the successful transition for Chicano Veterans:

1)Okay to share with family members that understanding the tragedy of all wars is real, but you must go through an emotional growth transition once you get back home

2)Promisa (pilgrimage prayer on safe return of soldier)

3)Carrying of Saints in your wallet and prayers (San Juan or Virgin de Guadalupe)

4)Parental Respect of Honor and Love by the warrior for trip “back to the world”

5)Bicultural Family Belief System

6)Religious Training and Participation

7)Bilingual Parents and Siblings and Friends

8)Work Ethic at an Early Age of 5 years old

9)Worked as ‘Migrant Worker” working in agriculture crops

10)Never involved in any criminal activity

11)Able to succeed around ethic profiling

12)First Generation Military

13)Prior Family members in Military

14)Use G.I. Bill for Education Degree completion

15)Use G.I. Bill to purchase Home

16)Worked with successful Chicano role models

17)Support the understanding the positiveness of biracial families

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