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Maj. Gen. David N. Blackledge

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On Veterans Day 2010, Maj. Gen. David N. Blackledge, Commanding General, U.S. Army Civil Affairs & Psychological Operations Command (Airborn), spoke with NAMI about his own experience with Posttraumatic Stress and the military's current efforts to address mental health issues.

In the 23-minute interview, Maj. Gen. Blackledge shares his combat experience and speaks to the factors that contributed to his own experience with Posttraumatic Stress, including his recovery. He speaks to the history of stigma in the military and current efforts to improve protocols, reduce barriers to treatment and develop proactive strategies to ensure earlier detection and treatment, specifically the U.S. Army's "resilience" model for soldiers' health. Finally, the Maj. Gen. addresses the issues of importance to families and extends a message of encouragement to active-duty service members, veterans and their families.

Find out more about Maj. General David Bladkledge by reading his bio.

Learn more about NAMI's resources on PTSD as well as other behavioral health and mental health issues that confront military members, veterans and their families.

A little background on Maj. Gen. David Blackledge's command:

U.S. Army Civil Affairs & Psychological Operations Command (Airborne)

The U.S. Army Civil Affairs and Psychological Operations Command (Airborne), or USACAPOC (A), is based at Fort Bragg, N.C. and is the headquarters of all Army Reserve Civil Affairs and Psychological Operations units. USACAPOC (A)'s nearly 10,000 Soldiers comprise about 94% of the DoD's Civil Affairs forces and 71% of the DoD's Psychological Operations forces.

Civil Affairs

Civil affairs units help military commanders by working with civil authorities and civilian populations in the commander's area of operations to lessen the impact of military operations on them during peace, contingency operations and declared war. CA forces support activities of conventional commanders, and do so in the Reserve CA as a unique blend of Army, Navy and Air Force personnel. USACAPOC (A) is now multi-component command reporting directly to the Army Reserve Command

Psychological Operations

Psychological operations are a vital part of the broad range of U.S. political, military, economic and ideological activities used by the U.S. government to secure national objectives. PSYOP is the dissemination of truthful information to foreign audiences in support of U.S. policy and national objectives. Used during peacetime, contingencies and declared war, these activities are not forms of force, but are force multipliers that use nonviolent means in often violent environments.