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MacB Employee to Speak on PTSD During Panel Presentation at 2015 SOFIC

MacB employee Jared Ross, Director of Business Development for the Commonwealth Technology Division, has been hand-selected to represent U.S. Special Operations Command (SOCOM) on a special Care Coalition panel during SOFIC on
May 19, 2015.

During the Special Panel, Ross will speak to 300-400 military personnel, healthcare professionals and others on Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Topics will include how to reduce the stigma surrounding the condition, raise more awareness within the ranks, and encourage service members across all branches to come forward for mental health treatment.

The Care Coalition, under the Preservation of the Force and Family (POTFF) initiative, supports wounded, ill or injured Special Operations forces and their families. The initiative was developed to combat the demands on the nation’s Special Operations forces, and to make its objectives a top priority.

Ross, a 24-year U.S. Army Green Beret veteran, is a recognized public speaker for sharing his own personal struggles with PTSD and clinical depression. He was selected for the SOFIC panel by Navy Captain John Doolittle, director of POTFF.

“Special Operations forces overall are driven by an unquenchable thirst for achievement, the need to conquer greater challenges, while accepting higher and higher levels of risk,” Ross explains. “We push ourselves continuously in spite of the impact on our personal lives and psychological well-being.”

“Impeding the path to healing and recovery is the dynamic culture of the Special Operations community that disdains members from seeking or receiving the help and support they need following years of constant exposure to extreme stress,” Ross says. “By telling my personal story, I want to help reduce the stigma and raise awareness about PTSD, depression and other mental illness.”

He recently wrote a personal essay entitled, “What Stigma” that he has shared with interested readers. Ross is also writing a book about the motivations for choosing the path of a Special Operations warrior that he hopes will be published later this year.

The ultimate goal of the Care Coalition and POTFF is to continually educate military leaders so they can recognize the subtle symptoms of PTSD, while creating environments throughout all military branches that are conducive to self-identification and treatment.

To learn more about POTFF, click here. For more information on PTSD and where to find help in your area, visit www.ptsd.va.gov

 

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