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Raymond M. Scurfield, DSW, LCSW Professor and Director, Katrina Research Center University of Southern Mississippi--Gulf Coast 730 East Beach Blvd Long Beach, MS 39560 228.867-8766
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I am a social work professor at the University of Southern Mississippi-Gulf Coast, a survivor of Hurricane Katrina and of the Vietnam War and recognized for my mental health expertise in post-traumatic stress, especially war-related. I had a 25-year career with the Department of Veterans Affairs, mostly leading PTSD treatment programs.

I recently completed a trilogy of books on war trauma published by Algora Publishing, the most recent: War Trauma. Lessons Unlearned From Vietnam to Iraq (available through, Barnes & Noble, etc.). I am concerned that our country becomes cognizant of the full human cost of our involvement in war, and the numerous lessons unlearned about war and its impact, to include what to do to help heal. I also am very impressed with the strength of the human spirit to be able to transcend the most horrific of traumatic experiences.

Finally, two of my recent ed commentaries can be googled and were issued by the University of Southern Mississippi as press releases in 2007: "Beyond Walter Reed. Lessons Unlearned . . . ", and "The Dramatic Disparities Between Casualties of Virginia Tech and War."

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The Dramatic Disparities between the Tragic Casualties of Virginia Tech and War [This op-ed commentary was issued as a press release by the Univ of So MS media department on May 8 07 and was published in one MS newspaper.] This commentary described the dramatic contrast between how Virginia Tech casualties and war casualties have been publicized and memorialized, and what may be the political agendas to downplay war casualties as a way to maintain support or indifference for the war.