FCABC Education Summit
PTSD - A Family Journey (with Partners)
Lieutenant Colonel (retired) Chris Linford served in the Canadian Forces for 33 years including 8 years as a Reservist. He completed three operational deployments to the Gulf War, Rwanda, and Afghanistan. Diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) in 2004 and almost ten years post Rwanda, he and Kathryn profoundly struggled as a couple and a family.
Chris wrote the book Warrior Rising- A Soldier’s Journey to PTSD and Back in 2013 and then he and Kathryn embarked upon a cross country speaking tour to tell their family story of struggle to try and get PTSD out of the shadows and into everyday conversation.
Kathryn and Chris have been married for 30 years and continue to speak publicly but in addition they have co-founded a program called “COPE” of Couples Overcoming PTSD Everyday. This program has been operating for two years sponsored by Wounded Warriors Canada and has allowed them to continue the conversation with other couples suffering and opened a door for others to enter and become happier and well again.
A one-hour presentation outlining our family struggle with PTSD and what we did to learn to battle it as a team. Also covered is a brief outline of the new program “COPE” Chris and Kathryn co-founded.