CRYING SOLDIER

“US Sergeant Ken Kozakiewicz mourns the death of fellow soldier Andy Alaniz, killed by friendly fire.”

Pentagon tries aroma therapy to ease combat stress

Sat May 8, 2010 8:27pm EDT

FORT RILEY Kansas, May 8 (Reuters) – The U.S. military is experimenting with aroma therapy, acupuncture and other unorthodox methods to treat soldiers traumatized by combat experiences, Defense Secretary Robert Gates said on Saturday.

He said the experiments showed promise.

Gates touted possible treatments for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) during a meeting with the wives of servicemen at Fort Riley, Kansas, when one woman asked him to explain why chiropractic and acupuncture therapies were not covered under her military health care plan.

“We have an experimental unit … treating soldiers with PTS (post-traumatic stress) and using a number of unorthodox approaches, including aroma therapy, acupuncture, things like that, that really are getting some serious results, and so maybe we can throw that into the hopper as well,” Gates said.

The Pentagon has seen a sharp increase in the number of soldiers suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder during and after long deployments in Iraq and Afghanistan.

The disorder can cause flashbacks, edginess and emotional numbness. The risk depends on the type of traumatic events a person is exposed to.

A report in the New England Journal of Medicine in January found that U.S. combat soldiers in Iraq who received a shot of the painkiller morphine within an hour of being wounded were less likely to develop the post-traumatic stress disorder. (Reporting by Adam Entous; editing by Todd Eastham)

Article can be seen here.

During the end of the war in Yugoslavia, groups of aromatherapists flew into the area to assist with shock and trauma relief with the help of essential oils and aromatherapy. If any of you readers have any first-hand experience of trauma-work with aromatherapy, please write me.

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6 responses to “CRYING SOLDIER

  1. Pingback: Mental Disorders 101

  2. The photo is from The Gulf War 1, Sgt. Ken Kozakiewicz, Bradley M-60 gunner. His friend, Spc. Andy Alaniz is in the body bag on the same helicopter.

  3. Thank you. Take time to read my blog with our story. I have a picture posted of him. You will be able to see the man in the body bag.

  4. The picture you have is a cropped version of the original picture taken by David C. Turnley of the Detroit Free Press on Feb 27, 1991. I remember seeing it in my local newspaper and was stunned! I was truly speechless at the raw emotion pictured. The picture won the World Press Photo of the Year for 1991. It should have the Pulitzer. Every once in a while I see the picture again and I relive that moment I first saw it. I recently found out the background story for the picture. Friendly-fire essentially at the end of America’s First Gulf War. This is usual description of the photo: “US Sergeant Ken Kozakiewicz mourns the death of fellow soldier Andy Alaniz, killed by friendly fire.”I hope with this information you will change your caption above. You have no excuse not to.

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