Group hails DEPOWA’s post-traumatic stress disorder initiative

A group, Mothers for United Nigeria (MUN), has commended the President, Defence and Police Officers’ Wives Association (DEPOWA), Barr (Mrs) Vickie Irabor, for plans to provide a Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) centre for military personnel and families.

Barr. Vickie Irabor had during her recent visit to the Defence Headquarters, Abuja, unveiled the plan.

The DEPOWA president who is also wife of the Chief of Defence Staff, Gen. LEO Irabor had said the rehabilitation centre will evaluate, counsel and provide adequate support to personnel and their spouses prior to reintegration at the end of their operational tour of duty.

She said that the objective is to ensure that military personnel return to their families in a psychologically and physically stable state.

MUN in the statement weekend signed by their Publicity Secretary, Hajia Salamatu Adebayo commended Barr Irabor for her focus on humanitarian and social intervention objectives, saying the initiative is welcome at a time members of the Armed Forces of Nigeria are engaged in different operations across the country.

The statement reads in part: “We mothers in the country are sad over recent developments in our country. We are particularly sad over fate of our son’s and husbands who are in the battlefield for the sake of our country.

“Some of them have paid the ultimate sacrifice fighting for the restoration of peace in the country.

“Unfortunately, some of our country men and women do not appreciate the sacrifice they are making for our country.

“We therefore commend the Barr Vickie Irabor led DEPOWA for their plans for the Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) centre. It will go a long way in making our military personnel have more sense of belonging.

“We urge mothers to support our military at this particular time in the history of the country. They need our support more than ever before.”

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