Register NOW

Get Help for PTSD

GENERAL LEADS BY EXAMPLE

General Carter Ham

Gen. Carter Ham, United States Army Europe commander, talks about the difficulties of readjusting to life after a deployment during an interview with Stars and Stripes in his office in Heidelberg, Germany. (photo: Michael Abrams / S&S)

Army Gen. Carter Ham is the highest-ranking U.S. officer to admit seeking help for post traumatic stress syndrome.
 
Army General Carter Ham, is the commander of the allied operations in Libya has had his own challenges before taking on this job. 

General Ham admitted to obtaining help for PTSD and sets an example for others to follow. We need all of our troops who are experiencing symptoms to obtain professional help. The mentality has changed and getting help from a mental health pro or from your chaplain will not end your military career. Instead, it may enable you to reach new heights as it has for General Ham. General Ham went through this back in 2005 as a one star General and his career has prospered since obtaining treatment.

General Ham began in the Army as an enlisted infantryman in the 82nd Airborne while he was attending college. Ham has served state side and in Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Macedonia and Iraq. He headed the U.S. African Command and now heads the U.S. military operations in Libya and the rest of the continent. He also was involved in the survey of troops on “Don't Ask, Don't Tell policy.

MilitaryConnection.com encourages any member of the military or their family member to seek help and heal. It takes a more courage to admit you have a problem then to ignore it. If you have a buddy who is doing through a difficult time and won't get help, you need to get it for your buddy. 

If you cannot find the help you need, we recommend our friends at Give An Hour – They have a network of over 5,300 mental health professionals that each donate one hour a week of free and private counseling to military, veterans, family, significant others and friends. This impacts everyone. You can reach Give An Hour – www.giveanhour.org.