North Texan Helping Service Members Combat PTSD

Susy Solis
January 04, 2019 - 8:36 pm

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DALLAS (1080 KRLD) - An retired Army combat medic is now helping service members combat PTSD. Paula Lebov will deploy to Kuwait to help manage the Red Cross office at Camp Arijifan, where she will focus on facilitating resiliency programs and morale-boosting activities for service members for the next year. She will depart on January 9th.

For LeBov, helping service members be pro-active about reducing the likelihood of experience post-traumatic stress disorder is a labor of love.

“I’ve seen close come back from deployment and they are totally undone and it breaks my heart. And if I can continue to help them through the Red Cross then I’m all over it. I feel very strongly about the program and very passionate about the program.” LeBov said.

LeBov served several tours in Iraq and Afghanistan during her 24 years as a combat medic. During those years, she saw first-hand the effects PTSD had on her close friends and comrades. In 2008, she was one of the first to graduate and become a U.S. Army Master Resilience Trainer. The resilience programs teach soldiers coping skills, stress management skills and helps them alter unhealthy perceptions and situations. The program’s ultimate goal is to decrease the number of cases on post-traumatic stress disorder. LeBov says the programs are working.

“On behalf of the American Red Cross, I want to thank Paula for her commitment to serving her fellow service members and for her continued service to our country,” said Keith Rhodes, CEO of American Red Cross North Texas Region. “We know that Paula will make a lasting impact on the individuals she meets at Camp Arijifan and we wish her the very best on her deployment.”