G-1, Human Resources Policy Directorate
Supporting Soldiers, Families & Civilians – Active, Guard, Reserve and Retired
3 September 2008
Describe how the ACE intervention model was applied in this case. (since the Soldier is obviously suicidal, immediate action was taken; caring was demonstrated verbally and by removing the weapon; the Soldier was escorted to the emergency room where he could get assistance)
After seeing a mental health professional, SFC Rodriguez is admitted to the hospital. What should be your course of action? (Maintain unit contact with the Soldier; express genuine sympathy; reward the Soldier verbally for being wise enough to seek assistance; assure the Soldier that he will be welcome once he returns to the unit; ask if there is anything you can help him with while he is in the hospital.)
SFC Rodriguez has been released from the hospital and returned to the WTU, where he is being processed for a medical discharge. Does this end your responsibility to this Soldier? (legally, yes. Morally and ethically there is less agreement. This Soldier has served your Army well for many years. To break off all contact and, in effect, ostracize him for having negative feelings will probably generate some degree of resentment on his part. Demonstrate to SFC Rodriguez that his contributions are remembered and valued. Maintain contact with SFC Rodriguez until, and perhaps even after, his discharge. If possible, assist him in his transition to civilian life. It is remarkable what an effect small kindnesses, such as sending a card a couple of times per year, can have.).
As SFC Rodriguez’s first-line supervisor, what if anything do you do for Mrs. Rodriguez? (Mrs. Rodriguez has been an important part of the Army for a long time, and she deserves some assistance. Talk with her regarding any problems she is having and advise her of resources available to her both on-base and in the civilian community. Assure her that you are available if needed. The Golden Rule applies in many situations).
After one-year on TDRL, SFC Rodriguez has successfully dealt with his problems and has been pronounced fit to return to duty. In fact, he is being reassigned back to your unit. How do you assist SFC Rodriguez in reintegrating back into the unit? (First, assure SFC Rodriguez of your continued support. Reward him for his successful rehabilitation. Whenever the chance arises, demonstrate your confidence in SFC Rodriguez’ abilities and judgment. Do not feel you must handle him gently; allow him to be the healthy adult he indeed is. It is very likely that, because of his experiences, SFC Rodriguez will come back a stronger and healthier person than before. It is likely that, because of his experiences, he will be a more understanding and compassionate leader.)
Scenario #2 – Warrior in Transition
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