DEBBIE SPRAGUE; Caregiver and Author "A Stranger in My Bed: 8 Steps to Taking Your Life Back from the Contagious Effects of Your Veteran's PTSD

DEBBIE SPRAGUE; Caregiver and Author "A Stranger in My Bed: 8 Steps to Taking Your Life Back from the Contagious Effects of Your Veteran's PTSD

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Debbie Sprague is the author of best seller “A Stranger in My Bed: 8 Steps to Taking Your Life Back from the Contagious Effects of Your Veteran’s Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.”  She is an advocate for veterans and their families, speaking, training and providing education to those who care for, and about our wounded warriors.  She serves on a national level as a Fellow with the Elizabeth Dole Foundation: Caring for Military Caregivers and as the Education and Training Manager for the Military and Veteran Caregiver Network.

Debbie is a Board Certified Life Coach, specializing in wellness and life solutions for caregivers, and families of veteran’s suffering from PTSD and TBI.  She is a Recreation Therapist, and holds a Community College Teaching Credential in Health and Physical Care Services.  She earned her bachelor’s degree in therapeutic recreation, with a minor in psychology, graduating with honors from California State University (CSU), Chico.  She also pursued postgraduate work in gerontology at CSU, Chico, and University of Southern California (USC), Percy Andrus Gerontology Center. 

Debbie has personally experienced the challenges of caregiving during her son’s losing battle with cancer, caring for her late mother-in-law, and today caring for both her aging parents and her husband.  In 2004, Debbie’s husband, a Vietnam veteran was diagnosed with complications from exposure to Agent Orange and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.  Life dramatically changed for them, and in 2006, Debbie was also diagnosed with PTSD.  Debbie then used her gift for creating programs to take on the challenge of finding answers and solutions for spouses who become overwhelmed and lost in the world of caregiving and PTSD.

Debbie’s life has been dedicated to improving the quality of life for others.  She has created social service and health programs for the elderly and disabled, adaptive recreation programs for handicapped children, and for residents in skilled nursing facilities, and taught classes on independent living skills for seniors.  She has also built and operated two successful travel companies specializing in escorted tours for senior citizens.

Debbie has been honored to share her story of hope and healing at the Military Officers Association of America & National Defense Industrial Association’s Warrior-Family Symposium in Washington D.C.  andat the Rosalynn Carter Institute on Caregiving National Summit, Georgia Southwestern State University.  She has been a guest presenter for VA National Caregiver Education Teleseminars, and on Easter Seals Military and Veterans Caregiver Training Seminars.  She served as the radio show host for Family of a Vet Blog Talk Radio Caregivers Edition Life  After Combat: PTSD/TBI, broadcast worldwide on the Armed Forces Radio Network.  She has also been featured in the Washington Times, and the San Diego Union Tribune.

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