Bob Woodruff

  • Aired:  11/01/12
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Bob Woodruff explains the economic challenges faced by returning veterans and addresses the enduring stigma of post-traumatic stress disorder. (5:50)

>> WELCOME BACK, MY GUEST TONIGHT ABC NEWS CORRESPONDENT IS THE CO-FOUNDER THE BOB WOODRUFF FOUNDATION, THE BENEFIT

STAND UP FOR HEROES NOVEMBER 8th IN NEW YORK CITY, PLEASE WELCOME BACK TO THE PROGRAM BOB WOODRUFF.

(CHEERS AND APPLAUSE) HO ARE YOU?

>> THANK YOU FOR CLAPPING.

>> THANK YOU FOR BEING HERE.

>> THAT'S PRETTY RARE.

LET ME ASK YOU FIRST AND FOREMOST.

HOW ARE DOING WITH THE POWER OUTAGES, WITH THE HURRICANE, ARE YOU SURVIVORING, DO YOU HAVE POWER.

>> NO, WE DON'T HAVE PO WE WERE.

THEY THINK IT MIGHT BE ABOUT TWO MORE WEEKS IS WHAT I HEARD.

THEY SAID BETWEEN A COUPLE DAYS OR TWO WEEKS.

>> WE HAVE, LOOK HOW MANY FLIGHTS I HAVE UP HERE.

WE ARE-- I'M SITTING IN THE STUDIO, LOOK BEHIND ME, LOOK AT THAT.

>> ARE YOU SPOIL.

>> Jon: LOCK AT THAT SCREEN IS LIKE FROM THE MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY.

>> THEY MISSPELLED THAT ONE.

>> WE'RE AT A DRIVE-IN.

>> Jon: WELL, HOPEFULLY THINGS WORK OUT.

BUT THANK YOU ONCE AGAIN.

WHAT A GREAT CHARITY ORGANIZATION THIS IS, HOW MANY YEARS NOW, WHAT IS THIS FIVE?

>> THIS IS THE SIXTH YEAR.

YOU HAVE BEEN INVOLVED I THINK MOST OF THEM.

>> Jon: IT'S AN EXCELLENT-- WELL YOU KNOW, OBVIOUSLY THE PAY IS TERRIFIC.

THAT'S WHY-- NO, IT IS GREAT.

IT ALWAYS STRIKES ME, THIS IDEA THAT WE NEED CHARITIES TO HELP SOLDIERS ONCE THEY'RE HOME FROM WAR.

YOU NEVER NEED CHARITIES TO SEND-- YOU KNOW THERE IS NEVER ANY LET'S RAISE MONEY TO BOMB IRAN.

LIKE SOMEHOW WE ALWAYS HAVE MONEY FOR THAT BUT IT'S DIFFICULT TO GET MONEY FOR THIS.

>> WELL, AND THEN OUR BIG FEAR THAT WE'VE GOT NOW WITH THE WARS NOW WINDING DOWN, ARE WE STILL GOING TO HAVE

PEOPLE AWARE ENOUGH ABOUT WHAT THESE GUYS ARE DOING AND WHAT THEY ARE FACING WHEN THEY COME BACK IN THE

CIVILIAN WORLD.

THAT IS THE HOPE.

AND I THINK THEY ARE RIGHT NOW.

BUT WE ARE LOOKING, IRAQ IS NOW OVERISH.

>> Jon: RIGHT.

>> AND AFGHANISTAN IS GOING TO BE OVER SOMETIME THE END OF 2014.

SO WE ARE ALREADY TOLD THE TALIBAN WHEN THIS THING GOING TO BE OVER.

NOW HOPEFULLY AMERICANS WILL REALIZE THAT THIS IS GOING TO BE GOING ON FOR THE REST OF OUR LIVES.

>> Jon: FOR HOWS-- THOUSANDS AND THOUSANDS OF MEN AND WOMEN COMING BACK WITH YOU ARE PARTICULARLY WORK ON

BRAIN INJURY, PTSD.

THE SILENT AND INADVICEABLE WOUNDS AS IT WERE.

>> YEAH, THOSE ARE HARD TO SEE.

THE VISIBLE ONES YOU CAN.

AND THEN THOSE THAT COME BACK WITHOUT REALLY REAL ISSUE IN TERMS OF MENTAL HEALTH.

BUT THOSE COMING BACK MAY FIND SOME WORK AS WELL.

WE GOT PROBABLY HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS ARE GOING TO END THEIR CAREER WITHIN THE MILITARY.

AND THEY NEED TO FIND A LONG-TERM CAREER WHEN THEY GET BACK.

BUT THESE GUYS COME BACK.

THEY NEED US.

>> Jon: AND THE PTSD, WHAT ARE THE PERCENTAGES OF PEOPLE THAT YOU FIND, AND THESE ARE JUST THE PEOPLE

THAT WILL COME TO GET HELP.

WHAT HAVE YOU HEARD FROM THE TYPE OF NUMBERS THAT YOU ARE TALKING ABOUT.

>> YOU'RE TALKING WELL IN THE 600,000 PLUS, ABOUT THAT.

>> Jon: RIGHT.

>> UP 20, 25% IS THE NUMBER THAT WE GENERALLY HEARD ABOUT.

YOU KNOW, IT'S HARD TO IDENTIFY SOME OF THOSE AS WELL.

>> RIGHT.

>> THAT'S WHAT THEY THINK.

THESE ARE MULTIPLE DEPLOYMENTS.

THESE GUYS GO OVER.

THEY'RE NOT HERE FOR ONE DEPLOYMENT.

I KNOW GUYS OVER THERE ON THEIR 13th DEPLOYMENT.

THESE GUYS ARE SPECIAL OPPOSITE, SHORTER TERM DEPLOYMENTS.

BUT THEY JUST, THEY COME HOME AND THEY DON'T KNOW EXACTLY IF THEY ARE GOING BACK AGAIN.

AND THAT'S CREATING PROBLEMS AND THEY CAN'T ADJUST.

>> Jon: THE PTSD, TOO, YOU KNOW, ARE THEY IN A SORT OF A CATCH-22 IN THAT IF THEY SEEK HELP FOR PTSD DOES THAT

THEN LABEL THEM AND MAKE IT ALMOST MORE DIFFICULT FOR THEM ONCE THEY GET THE HELP THAT THEY NEED, THAT THEY

DESERVE, DOES THAT THEN PUT A STIGMA ON THEM AND HOW DO YOU HE RAISE THAT AND WORK WITH THAT WITH EMPLOYERS AND

OTHER PEOPLE WHO MY THINK THESE GUYS ARE PTSD WHEN IT IS JUST A NATURAL PROCESS.

>> THE STIGMA IS STILL THERE.

THAT WAS REALLY BAD IN THE BEGINNING WHEN THE START, THEY ALMOST ASSUMED NO ONE EVEN KNEW WHAT A PTSD WAS,

OR THAT THEY THOUGHT IT WAS WIMPY TO BE COMING BACK AND CLAIMING THAT YOU HAVE PTSD.

BUT NOW IT CERTAINLY AS MUCH MORE T IS EASIER TO DEAL WITH.

BUT IN TERMS OF EMPLOYERS, THEY HAVE SOME CONCERNS ABOUT PTSZ BECAUSE THEY AREN'T REALLY ABLE TO PREDICT WHAT THEY WILL BE

LIKE ONCE THEY GET HIRED.

BUT EVERY TIME I KNOW SOMEBODY WITH EXPERIENCE THAT DO THAT KIND OF HELP, THESE GUYS, THEY ARE REALLY

BLOWN AWAY BY HOW DISCIPLINED THE GUYS WHEN THEY COME BACK.

>> Jon: THE BUSINESSES THAT WE WORK WITH THAT HAVE HIRED VETERANS THAT HAVE HAD SAY EXEMPLARY, LIKE THEIR WORK

ETHIC, IT'S DIFFICULT TO TRANSLATE THEIR ARMY EXPERIENCE, THEIR WAR EXPERIENCE TO ALMOST WRITE A RESUME FOR CIVILIAN LIFE

EVEN THOUGH THEY HAVE ALL THE SKILLS AND HAVE DONE ALL THE THINGS AND CAN DO THEM VERY WELL.

>> THAT'S THE THING.

IF WE GET SOMEBODY WHO IS IN THE BUSINESS THAT THEY ARE TO GIVE THEM SOL MENTORSHIP.

AND THAT IS WHAT WE ARE DOING NOW.

>> Jon: A MENTORING PROGRAM.

>> RIGHT TO TRY TO GET PEOPLE JUST TO TEACH THEM ABOUT WHAT THEY NEED IN TERMS OF SKILL.

HOW TO DO THE RESUME, INTERVOWS, ET CETERA.

BUT ALSO TO CONNECT THEM WITH THEIR CONNECTION.

BECAUSE ALL OF US KNOW A MILLION PEOPLE AND EVERY INDUSTRY, AND IF SOMEONE COMES BACK AND SAYS WE WANT

TO GO INTO X, Y, WE CAN FIND SOMEONE.

>> Stephen: .

>> Jon: YOU KNOW A MILLION PEOPLE, ARE YOU ON FACEBOOK, THAT'S EXCITING.

TELL ME ABOUT THE SHOW T SAY BIG LINE-UP THIS YEAR.

BRUINS SPRINGSTEEN FELLOW WHICH I HEAR GOOD THINGS ABOUT.

>> SOME GREAT COME TEAR, RICKY GERVAIS WILL BE THERE.

>> WE HAVE GOT YOU.

>> Jon: NONMAYER, LITTLE ROBIN WILLIAMS.

>> YOU WILL WATCH THIS THING LIVE AS IT IS GOING ON.

>> Jon: IF YOU HAVE POWER.

>> IF YOU HAVE POWER-- (CHEERS AND APPLAUSE)

>> Jon: YOU'RE A GOOD MAN.

>> I CAN SAY ONE THING, HE IS A BIG SUPPORTER SO HE WILL BUY YOU A GENERATE FERR YOU DON'T HAVE LECH TRIS SIT

SO WATCH THIS THING ON THURSDAY.

>> Jon: YOU SHOULD WATCH IT, A GREAT SHOW.

BOB WOODRUFF, LADIES AND

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