Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome: A Veteran’s Story to Healing

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One group that has received little attention in the psychological literature, with regards to issues of race as related to the practice of psychology, is the military. The military is a unique cultural entity that most people think provides soldiers of African descent with the system and resources they need to serve in the U.S. military. Author, Janetra Johnson, had chronological over a decade of National Guard history, in which she discovered the National Guard erroneously maintained a deregulated EEO and AEP program.

Janetra is a military veteran and she fought the Guard over its deregulated pay policy during the California National Guards largest financial crisis. The California National Guard’s recruiting bonus controversy was the largest of any National Guard state and the financial calamity has received little attention.

Inside the book, Janetra walks her readers through the process of how she dealt with those financial thoughts of slavery and the Jim Crow era. The book is written from the perspective of a veteran of African descent, who had experienced Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome (PTSS) while serving in the California Air National Guard and has managed to experience a great reduction of these symptoms over the years. The book tells the story of how she found out about PTSS.

What is Post Traumatic Slave Disorder?
According to Wikipedia, Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome: America’s Legacy of Enduring Injury and Healing (PTSS) is a 2005 book resulting from years of historical and psychological research by Dr. Joy DeGruy (née Leary), Ph.D. PTSS describes a set of behaviors, beliefs and actions associated with or, related to multi-generational trauma experienced by African Americans that include but are not limited to undiagnosed and untreated Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) in enslaved Africans and their descendants. PTSS posits that centuries of slavery in the United States, followed by systemic and structural racism and oppression, including lynching, Jim Crow laws, and unwarranted mass incarceration, have resulted in multigenerational maladaptive behaviors, which originated as survival strategies.”

Coping with the California National Guards financial crisis is probably still an issue for some veterans. If you or someone you care about is among the California Guard’s estimated 17 thousand or you know someone’s financial loss is not counted in the disaster. You may want to read and share this book.

Facing a financial crisis is very stressful especially if you did nothing wrong. We’ve all had financial nightmares at one point in our lives when we realize we’ve been screwed or made a bad investment. Janetra sets out to persuade her readers in the value of preserving financial documents during the California National Guards largest financial crisis. These financial documents could bring a soldier or veteran happiness, so please share her books.