DENVER, July 5, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Every day there are reports of both tragic veteran outcomes and abuses or neglect of returning vets by government or state agencies and their failed treatments. Noted psychologist Gerald Alpern, Ph.D., has developed new approaches that proves the power of having fellow vets involved in the recovery process and is chronicled in his book Vets for Vets: Harnessing the Power of Vets to Heal. "A compassionate and eye-opening approach to healing mentally and emotionally wounded soldiers" –Kirkus Reviews (Starred Review).
Based on Alpern's decades of research and working with veterans suffering from a variety of post war issues, Vets for Vets is written in non-technical language for loved ones and friends of vets, mental health professionals, and vets themselves.
Alpern, a veteran of the Korean war, describes in detail the "journey from patriotic recruit to self-alienated wounded veteran." From there he gives his insights into why government treatment methods have failed, then provides examples of proven formal and informal peer treatment modes that he has pioneered and describes as both doable and inexpensive. The critical roles that can be played by concerned citizens, the wilderness, and veteran run programs are all described in simple language with specific suggestions.
"Over the last three years, I've volunteered to go into the wilderness with groups of vets. Those experiences led to a collection of enlightening insights into veterans which have not previously been known or certainly not described in the professional or lay literature. The insights were so powerful and so conducive to new treatments that I considered it necessary to write about them," explained Alpern.
As a professor at Indiana University Medical School, he published numerous scientific articles and books. In 1983, he published Divorce: Rights of Passage, a book that offered the general public creative ways of dealing with the problems of divorce.
Alpern currently practices in Colorado and is a founder and Board Member of Huts for Vets, an organization that takes groups of post 9/11 vets for structured wilderness weekends.
Vets for Vets is currently being sold on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, IKobo, Apple iTunes, and Google Play. The book can also be found at www.VetsForVets.info, an interactive site Alpern created to answer questions about his methods and to provide selected resources for family, friends, mental health professionals, and vets.
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