Grand Forks Combat Stress Support Group meets July 8

The Combat Stress Support Group is a joint partnership of the Grand Forks County Veterans' Service Office, the Airman and Family Readiness Center at Grand Forks Air Force Base, and the UND Department of Counseling Psychology and Community Services. It was offered last year on a limited basis as a "pilot program" to all area veterans, active duty members, and their adult family members. Lessons learned from those initial sessions have been used to develop the current program.

The Combat Stress Support Group is intended to be an information and resource referral network for current and former military members and their families. The support group was developed in response for a growing need to help meet the issues and concerns facing this ever expanding population in our area. At the same time, it was created to respond to the confusion surrounding terms such as acute stress, delayed stress, PTSD, and other forms of stress reaction to combat for all family members whether "down range" or while at home. Therefore, the focus of the Combat Support Group will be to present key issues and concepts within the context of deployment psychology and at the same time serve as a referral resource for the attendees. It is open and free to any adult and their family regardless of how long ago the individual served in the military.

The first session for 2008 will be held at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 8, at the County Building, sixth floor. It is free to military members/veterans and their adult family members. i.e., not for agency staff. Please let your clients and referral sources know.

-- Earl Beal, assistant professor, Department of Counseling Psychology and Community Services, 777-2635 or .