02 Oct Being Well Podcast: PTSD and Politics with Jason Kander
In 2016 Jason Kander was a rising star in the Democratic Party. After narrowly losing the race to become one of Missouri’s Senators, he began laying the groundwork for a Presidential run. Jason unexpectedly pivoted to declaring his candidacy for the 2019 Kansas City mayoral election, and quickly became the clear favorite. Three months into that campaign he ended his candidacy and stepped back from public life after revealing that he had suffered from PTSD and depression after serving as an intelligence officer in Afghanistan in 2006 and 2007. On this episode of the Being Well Podcast, Jason talks about his personal journey recovering from PTSD, the impact of his time serving in Afghanistan, and what we can do to better support veterans.
On today’s episode of Being Well, Jason joins Forrest to talk about his personal journey recovering from PTSD, the impact of his time serving in Afghanistan, and what we can do to better support veterans.
About our Guest: Jason is a former Missouri Secretary of State and member of the Missouri state legislature. He’s currently the President of National Expansion at Veterans Community Project, a non-profit organization dedicated to fighting veteran suicide and homelessness. He’s also the host of Majority 54, a popular political podcast, and the author of Invisible Storm: A Soldier’s Memoir of Politics and PTSD.
1:45: Jason’s experience coming to accept having PTSD
5:50: How the military addresses PTSD (it mostly does not)
8:00: Chronic stress, public perception, feelings of failure, and uncertainty of recovery
13:40: Jason’s Veterans Affairs (VA) experience
15:40: Veteran Community Project and other resources for veterans
20:00: Therapeutic practices Jason did
27:50: Physical sensations around PTSD
31:40: Imposter syndrome about being a combat veteran
33:05: Inflection points of working through shame and comparison
36:15: How Jason’s view of therapy progressed through the process
42:30: What Jason would do differently for his mental health if he ran for office
47:05: More on Veterans Community Project and their tiny house program
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