Iraqi War Veterans Need Anger Management

Posted on: May 15, 2007

Iraqi War Veterans Need Anger Management




I want to draw to the attention of every member of the American Association of American Anger Management Providers and those who seek anger management facilitator certification an issue of high importance. The problem of inappropriate anger pervades American society; however there is a special group of people I believe that anger management providers nationwide should pay special attention to—the returning Iraqi war veterans. The Department of Veterans Affairs has published the Iraqi War Clinician’s Guide. This guide is available on the internet. I recommend that every anger management provider read chapter 10 entitled-Assessment and Treatment of Anger in combat related PTSD.



The treatment of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is within the domain of licensed mental health professionals. However, as first responders in anger management collaborating with theses professionals is within the scope of practice of the Certified Anger Management Facilitators. This fact was further revealed in the clinician guide I referred to earlier. The guide described recommended interventions that may be appropriate for managing anger problems in the Iraqi veteran.



It was no surprise that the two fundamental pillars of interventions recommended were stress management and communication skills. These pillars are also part of the foundation of the globally accepted Anderson and Anderson model which maintains that effective anger management involves teaching not only anger management but communication skills, emotional intelligence and stress management. All providers who are trained in the world renowned Anderson and Anderson model are therefore uniquely positioned to be of service to there country in assisting their fellow citizen solders.



As President of the American Association of Anger Management Providers, I urge all providers to recognize that your training places you among the most highly trained individuals globally in anger management. Therefore, for those of you who live in states where there are high concentrations of Iraqi vetetans, I encourage you to increase your visibility and collaborate with licensed mental health clinicians in your community to provide a much needed service to the Veterans of this war. Carry on the message that those trained in the Anderson and Anderson model are uniquely positioned to collaborate with licensed mental health professionals to intervene on the behalf of those who have fought for our country.


To find a certified anger management provider in your area visit


Carlos Todd, LPC,NCC,CAMF

President of the American Association of Anger Management Providers



3 Responses to "Iraqi War Veterans Need Anger Management"

I am not a veteran but I am a socially active mental health consumer.(BiPD).
I am also a son of a Vietnam vet.
I am greatly concerned that we are sweeping the mental health of our Iraqi
war veterans under the rug in this country.
My father (the veteran) is saying we are making the same mistake as with his
A significant difference to day, many of are veterans have done as many as five or six tours of duties.
In previous war this would have been deemed dangerous to a soldiers mental
Thank you for your insightful blog and its links.
Its good to know that many people are concerned and proactive about this issue.
Chris in pennsylvania

Problems managing anger is a common side effect of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. The Iraqi war is creating a larger per centage of PTSD than either Vietname of the Korean war and the resources provided as far less.

My husband is a OIF veteran, spent 12 months as lead gunner a top of a Humvee, setting out every day to run missions wondering when the next IED would claim him as it did 9 of his close friends. The result now is anger anger and more anger, he is always frusterated, agitated and feels out of control which leads to explosive behavior everyday. The VA sees him on a regular basis and I will give them a A for effort but all I see them doing for my husband is loading him up on pills, he is taking 2 types of anti anxiety pills, which neither seem to help at all, and high doses of Morphine, percocet and serequel along with others such as stool softeners and sleeping pills, I know they are being hit real hard because no one saw the over spill of casualties that are comming home on a daily basis but these veterans are suffering so bad and so far their doesn’t seem to be a real solution to help them. It is just so sad and it breaks my heart to watch my strong husband falling to pieces. Thank you for letting me vent and God Bless the Troops!!

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