Dyess group’s gaming helps veterans cope with PTSD

ABILENE, Texas (KTAB/KRBC) – A gaggle of Dyess Airmen is utilizing their abilities to create an area the place veterans and lively responsibility can go to distract themselves from submit traumatic stress dysfunction (PTSD) signs. 

Some might name him a cyber wiz, however for Dyess senior airman, Salem Rhea, computer systems have at all times been his ardour. 

“I’ve at all times been somewhat tech savvy and serious about computer systems,” mentioned Rhea.  

So a lot in order that he and some of his coworkers created a web-based gaming server for Abilene’s Military Veteran Peer Network (MVPN).

“These are simply packages that have been written and we’re in a position to implement a number of of these throughout the server to assist out with the moderation of issues,” mentioned Rhea. 

MVPN Coordinator Ann McKee says she noticed the necessity for one thing like this, however had no concept find out how to create it. 

“We do numerous counseling for PTSD, and we’ve got a counselor right here who really does some EMDR counseling, after which I understand that we didn’t have something for PTSD in a assist group type,” mentioned McKee. 

After many cellphone calls and reaching out for assist, Mckee says she visited Dyess Air Force Base on an outreach program and eventually discovered the assistance she wanted. 

“Every man that walked by I mentioned, ‘Do you recreation? Do you recreation? Hey, do you recreation?’ Finally, a gentleman walked by, and he mentioned, ‘Yes ma’am, I do recreation,” mentioned McKee. 

Within a month, utilizing a program referred to as Discord, a group-chatting platform initially constructed for players, that has since develop into a common use platform for a lot of sorts of communities, Rhea and his crew have been in a position to create MVPN Gaming.

“Through these video video games and thru the server, we’re in a position to really deliver these folks collectively in order that not solely can we assist them, however they will additionally assist one another out as nicely,” mentioned Rhea. 

The airmen have been in a position to program the server’s bots in creating the templates, channels, and chat rooms so folks can join and discuss by way of voice, video, and even display screen share.

“Being in a position to be part of that and assist present this method and this group to have the ability to have them have a spot to go to and convey everybody collectively, I feel that’s actually form of the core worth of why we’re doing this,” mentioned Rhea. 

Every Friday evening at 7 p.m., MVPN Gaming hosts streaming, permitting these locally and all through the state of Texas to affix in and have some enjoyable.  

If you’re serious about taking part in by way of PC, XBOX, or PlayStation, the net server hyperlink might be discovered by clicking here.  


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