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Effects of war on women in the military

American Psychological Association

WHO: Nathan D. Ainspan, PhD, Department of Veterans Affairs
Walter Penk, PhD, Texas A&M College of Medicine
Jenna Ermold, PhD, Andrews AFB
Maj. Lisa Teegarden, Psyd, Walter Reed Army Medical Center
Ronald Drach, U.S. Department of Labor
Sharon Wills, PhD, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs in Austin, TX

WHAT: Symposium to examine how the current conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan affect women who are serving and have served in the military

WHERE: American Psychological Association's 115th Annual Convention
Moscone Center
747 Howard Street
San Francisco, CA 94103
West Mezzanine-South Building, Room 270

WHEN: Friday, August 17. Session 1145, 11:00 - 11:50 AM

BACKGROUND: Do women experience war differently than men and do they handle injuries differently" These questions will be addressed by psychologists who have been on the front lines of the war along with those who specialize in employing veterans and helping them recover from combat-related stress.

The panel will explore the following issues:

  • how women return to their roles of parent and spouse after experiencing war

  • what are the employment opportunities for female veterans and will their combat experience be seen as a disadvantage

  • how are female veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) treated when most of the research on PTSD has been conducted on and for male veterans


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