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Dr. Kathy Platoni talks to WHIO-TV regarding mass shooting
Following the shocking and horrific mass shooting in Dayton, Lee Jean Heller and I, both members of the SW Ohio Critical Incident Stress Management Team for almost 3 decades, were interviewed by WHIO news anchor, Cheryl McHenry.
We spoke about the devastating impact of this monumental tragedy during the early morning hours of August 4th and of trauma upon first responders, as well as the entire Dayton community. Nine innocent civilians were killed during this massacre. The City of Dayton has been rocked by continual tragedies since the eve of Memorial Day this year, when many areas of SW Ohio were leveled or severely damaged by 15 tornadoes in rapid succession. #DaytonStrong
Dayton shooting: Ft. Hood survivor helps officers deal with stress of ‘carnage’
First responders on the scene of Dayton’s mass shooting — those who took down a gunman and others who treated the wounded — may find it hard to heal emotionally from the experience, said clinical psychologist Dr. Kathy Platoni.
“Even for the most seasoned officers, you are going to see some psychological reactions,” Platoni said. “This certainly has a far-reaching impact on anybody who was there and who had to witness this kind of carnage.”
Situational awareness: Why knowing your location can keep you safe during severe weather
“Who owns a map anymore? We rely on our GPS,” said Kathy Platoni, psychologist. “We rely on Google Maps, on our cell phones.”
“We’ve had the ultimate wake-up call in the Dayton area,” said Platoni. “It’s time to pay attention.”
Knowing where you are on a map is very important to staying alive.
Local doctor's mission to help SWAT members cope after traumatic situations
Platoni, who is a 34-year army veteran helps SWAT members, victims and family members at the scene of a crime. The retired colonel who has served overseas in Iraq and Afghanistan, now is working to help those families and SWAT members cope with the stress of a standoff or shooting. Click image for 2:06-min interview.
Retired Army Colonel explains how to deal with active shooter situations
Dr. Kathy Plantoni, who is a retired Army Colonel talked to News Center 7 on Monday and explained how it can be difficult from a mentality perspective, to deal with active shooter type scenarios.
Referenced chronologically and by topic.
She survived the Fort Hood shooting. Now she’s counseling Dayton’s first responders. Military Times, August 2019
Dayton shooting: Ft. Hood survivor helps officers deal with stress of ‘carnage’ Dayton Daily News, August 2019
Nashport resident heads up mass casualty training Times Recorder, March 2019
Most military efforts miss target on suicide prevention The National Psychologist, November 2018
Police stress reduction study has Dayton officers wearing devices off duty Dayton Daily News, November 2018
Training for Survival: Training Provides Realistic Instruction on How to React in Active Shooting Incidents Training Industry, October 2018
Active Shooter: What’s Your Plan of Action? Security, August 2018
Active Shooter Training Can Help Save Lives Training Industry, August 2018
HBOT: Brain Healing Hidden in Plain Sight Part II Combat Stress, May 2018
HBOT: Brain Healing Hidden in Plain Sight Part I Combat Stress, March 2018
Honoring Those Who Have Served in the U.S. Armed Forces Hobart and William Smith Colleges, November 2017
Lives of Consequence Hobart and William Smith Colleges, October 2017
The Discarded Veteran - Independence Day 2017 LemonWire, July 2017
PTSD Treatment Restricted by Cost-Containment National Psychologist, May 23, 2017
Veteran Retreats: Immersion, Healing and Bonding in Community Combat Stress, May 2017
VA Choice Care Plan Extended Dayton Daily News, April 20, 2017
The Epidemic of Veteran Suicides Combat Stress, February 2017
Ohio Military Reserve. Columbus Dispatch July 1, 2017
Fort Hood Massacre
The is the first installment, we hope, of a full expose and a much larger story real truths behind the Fort Hood Massacre.
Mr. Howard Berry and I have labored unceasingly to obtain the long overdue recognition deserved by the victims and the benefits due them and their families. The manipulation of the facts surrounding this event is a blot on our country's honor and must be redressed.
Judicial Watch was helping in this mission, but this is no on hold due to funding issues. Here is a 9-minute video highlighting the case of one of the casualties. ( I am a survivor of the Fort Hood Massacre.) I hope that you will view this 9-minute documentary and pass it on to others so that they will be sufficiently compelled to join us in demanding justice for those who gave and continue to give the last full measure of devotion to our country.
While this national tragedy occurred 8 years ago, medical disability payments are still being denied the wounded because the shooter, Nidal Hasan, is not deemed an enemy of the state and the Fort Hood Massacre is not considered an act of domestic terrorism. There have been 6 suicides, per Mr. Berry, among the wounded and the survivors, including his beloved son.
Throughout the course of the last 5 years, I have contacted and implored 19 Congresspersons for assistance and intervention on behalf of the wounded and the families of the fallen and all of them have failed to respond to our pleas. Mr. Berry has personally contacted every single elected official in this great United States, but to no avail. Many actually slammed their doors in his face. This is purely contemptible.
Though the Purple Heart Medal was awarded to the 33 Soldiers and 13 KIA in 2015, the requisite benefits that accompany the Purple Heart have not. Furthermore, those who received other than gunshot wounds received nothing.
Please take a few minutes to watch this documentary and join us in taking action, whether active duty military, reserve forces, National Guard, civilian or simply interested in the pursuit of justice for the many victims of this tragedy.
Hasan's Victims Struggle to Carry On-San Antonio Express. March 11, 2016
Neglecting Fort Hood Survivors Is a National Disgrace. Time Magazine. April 19, 2016
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Fort Hood shooting victims denied pay and benefits (Video). FOX News. March 22, 2015
The Army’s Fort Hood Disgrace. Wall Street Journal. March 19, 2015
Fort Hood massacre victims, wounded to get Purple Hearts. Dayton Daily News. Feb. 10, 2015
Ft. Hood Victims May Get Purple Heart, Lingering Questions Remain. TownHall.com. Dec. 8, 2014
Retired Col. calls for Ft Hood massacre to be labeled terrorist attack. Dayton Daily News. Nov. 14, 2014
Killeen Worried About GI's with PTSD (pdf). San Antonio Express. April 6, 2014
Mental Health a Focus in Shooting. Dayton Daily News. April 6, 2014.
Fort Hood Tears Down Site Of 2009 Massacre. Huffington Post. Feb. 18, 2014
TheBlaze Investigation: How Obama and the Army Betrayed the Victims of Fort Hood. TheBlaze.com Feb. 12, 2014
Bury Their Purple Hearts at Ft. Hood. TownHall.com. Jan. 11, 2014
Army Psychologist Helps Soldiers Heal. Dayton Daily News. Sept. 12, 2012
Returning Home: Repeat deployments build trauma. Dayton Daily News. March 27, 2012
Apparent suicide of soldier from Dayton reflects disturbing trend. Dayton Daily News. Dec. 5, 2010
Healers Head to War, Bearing Their Own Wounds. Washington Post. Dec. 5, 2009
Fort Hood Unit Deploys Despite Losses. AP. Dec. 4, 2009
Editorial: Local Fort Hood Survivor, Other Reservists Deserve Healing. Dayton Daily News. Dec. 1, 2009
Reservists become 'family' after Fort Hood tragedy. Dayton Daily News. Nov. 29, 2009
Witnesses say reservist was Fort Hood hero. USA Today. Nov. 11, 2009
Finally, a lot of lives are no longer on hold. San Antonio Express. Aug. 29, 2013
Nidal Hasan sentenced to death for Fort Hood shooting rampage. Washington Post. Aug. 28. 2013
Hasan sentenced to death for Fort Hood massacre. Military.com. Aug. 28, 2013.
Victims' relatives saw grisly photos in Fort Hood shooting. Houston Chronicle. Aug. 25, 2013.
Fort Hood shooter convicted; local survivor 'ecstatic' at verdict. Dayton Daily News. Aug. 23, 2013.
Fort Hood Survivors to Face Gunman at Trial. Yahoo News. June 4, 2013
Second Fort Hood Attack
Retired Col. Calls for Ft. Hood Massacre to be Labeled Terrorist Attack (PDF). Dayton Daily News. Nov. 14, 2014
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Killeen residents worry about PTSD problem at Fort Hood. San Antonio Express News. April 6, 2014.
Second Active Shooter At Fort Hood (video). FOX News. April 7, 2014
Women in the Military
Women in combat plan opens opportunities. Dayton Daily News. Jan. 24, 2013
Darkness Made Visible. WGAW. November/December 2012
Military Women Coping With PTSD. BrainLineMilitary.org
The police academy commencement speech every cop should read. Police1.com. March 12, 2015
White House Intruder Seen as Victim of Iraq War. Express News. Sept. 26, 2014
Soldiers Dying in Battle for Mental Health. Hartford Courant. April 4, 2014
Christopher Dorner Not A Sociopath, Experts Say. Huffington Post. Feb. 14, 2013
PTSD name change heartens advocates. Dayton Daily News. March 10, 2012.
Deployed Soldiers Cope With Illness. Newsweek. March 13, 2010
The War That Never Ends. WTOP. Dec. 21, 2009
Army official: Suicides in January "Terrifying." CNN. Feb. 5, 2009
Soldiers Self Harm: 'Anything Not to Go Back to Iraq.' Newsweek. June 7, 2008
After the Shooting-Zoroya. USA Today, June 13, 2016
Dishonorable Discharges. Columbus Dispatch June 16, 2016
Orlando Shooting. USA Today, June 15, 2016
VAMC Expose. Daily Caller. July 14, 2016
IVAT Award, Hobart and William Smith Colleges. August 24, 2016
APA Slandered Military Psychologists. April 2016
Military Falls Short in Treating New PTSD Cases. Dayton Daily News February 19, 2016
Special Court Helps Veterans In Trouble. The Columbus Dispatch. Dec. 14, 2015
Platoni '74 to appear on FOX News (PDF). Hobart and William Smith Daily Update. March 20, 2015
A Healing Force (PDF). Pulteney Street Survey. Summer 2014.
Serving Her Country and Her Alma Mater (PDF). Wheeler Society. Summer 2014
Local Colonel Who Survived Fort Hood Shooting Retires. Dayton Daily News. Aug. 20, 2014
A Healing Force (PDF). Hobart and William Smith Colleges. Summer 2014
Long War Took Toll on Local Families. Dayton Daily News. March 15, 2014