US Military Personnel: Resilience, PTSD & PTG

Research Paper Title

Resilience, post-traumatic stress, and posttraumatic growth: Veterans’ and active duty military members’ coping trajectories following traumatic event exposure.


As part of the “Joining Forces” Initiative (“JFI”), the White House and nursing leaders announced nurses’ commitment to recognise symptoms, provide care, and refer veterans and active duty military members for post-traumatic stress disorder (“PTSD”).

The JFI is positioned to save lives through nursing education and raising PTSD awareness. Nurses should also be educated to recognise resilience (stable trajectory of healthy functioning across time following a traumatic event) and assess for post-traumatic growth (“PTG”) (positive meaning making) alongside PTSD.

In veterans who do develop PTSD, nearly three fourths of them with moderate PTSD will also experience PTG. Nurses’ frontline contact with veterans in the VA, private sector healthcare settings, and community enable them to educate veterans and active duty military members about these coping trajectories.


Angel, C.M. (2016) Resilience, Post-Traumatic Stress, and Posttraumatic Growth: Veterans’ and Active Duty Military Members’ Coping Trajectories following Traumatic Event Exposure. Nurse Education Today. 47, pp.57-60. doi: 10.1016/j.nedt.2016.04.001. Epub 2016 Apr 12.


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