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Peter S. Griffin, enlisted in the U.S. Army on 13 March 1964 and was honorably discharged on 10 March 1967. His unit assignments were Company A, 2/502nd Infantry, 101st Airborne Division and Company C, 2/505th Infantry, 82nd Airborne Division. On Memorial Day weekend, 1998, he was inducted into the 502nd Infantry Distinguished Members of the Regiment, Halls of Fame, in a ceremony at Ft. Campbell, Kentucky. He served on the 101st Airborne Association, Fort Campbell, Kentucky Monument Committee, helping to establish a Division Monument to honor all Screaming Eagles, past, present and future.


After discharge Peter Griffin attended the Police Academy at Syracuse, New York and served as a Police Officer for the Oswego Police Department (New York) for over ten years.  Peter Griffin is the author of When You Hear The Bugle Call: Battling PTSD and the Unraveling of the American Conscience.


According to the book description of When You Hear The Bugle Call: Battling PTSD and the Unraveling of the American Conscience, it “is a compelling, poignant and straightforward presentation of sickness and healing, righteousness opposing wrong doing, and the eventual triumph of the human spirit despite overwhelming obstacles and barriers. This very personal account of war and its aftermath was written to benefit combat veterans agonized by severe and chronic Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), composed by one who is living the nightmare, one of their own, a fellow warrior. In the broader scope, this account is meant to help them, and their friends and loved ones to better understand this overwhelming psychological, involuntary, and innate response to continual, life threatening situations. This book will bring them to the realization that they are not alone in their sufferings, help is as close as the nearest Veterans Administration Medical Center and any caring individual who has read and benefited from the pages of this presentation.


Furthermore, it is meant to assist, comfort, understand and equally as important, accept those who gave their best to defend and protect us. Its not only the GI I am talking about but also the police officer, the fireman, and the rescue personnel all those who are damned if they do and damned if they dont! All the brave men and women who place their lives in jeopardy, everyday, for the sake of others for the sake of something bigger than self! This presentation addresses every symptom, obstacle or negative circumstance a PTSD victim will likely experience or encounter, and must overcome, if he or she expects some semblance of peace, love, success, respect, and dignity in their lives!


Victims of terror and natural disasters will benefit from this writing as well. In my opinion there is little, if any, significant difference between combat PTSD and PTSD manifested as a result of traumatic events that occur in the civilian world.


This work is not an ordinary, run of the mill shoot em up military memoir! PTSD negatively impacts every interpersonal relationship! This book clearly and frankly relates, in vivid detail, how PTSD affects victims in the work place and social settings. In todays fast paced, very competitive, high stress work-a-day world virtually every victims well being, employment and/or career is at risk. There are no immunities or safe harbors! This account addresses those many complex issues and more! All who read this narrative will profit from its message! Spouses, grown children, friends, relatives, employers, supervisors, human resource managers, co-workers and the general public will benefit from first hand knowledge and look with newfound compassion and understanding on those who defend(ed) their life, limbs and freedoms on a daily basis.”

When You Hear The Bugle Call: Battling PTSD and the Unraveling of the American Conscience
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About the Oswego Police Department

The Oswego Police Department is staffed by 44 full-time officers that serve the citizens of Oswego on a 24-hour basis. In addition to standard emergency vehicle patrols, the Oswego Police Department maintains footbeat patrols, bicycle patrols, and watercraft patrols to "protect and serve" the community.  In November 2007, the Oswego Police Department used grant money to purchase a optical license plate reader.


According to an article in the Lake Courant News, “The City of Oswego Police Department has been concerned with the number of officers it has been losing. The department has not only been losing officers to retirement but also to the lack of desire of officers to conform to the residency requirement.”

According one reader of When You Hear The Bugle Call: Battling PTSD and the Unraveling of the American Conscience, “I met Pete "Grif" Griffin in a chance encounter on a street in Madison NC about three years ago. It was a meeting that changed my life. Much like "Grif" I had served in Vietnam with the 101 st Airborne Division, came home to the same welcome he received and had been retired early from a Public Service organization (Fire Department). We hadn't talked long before he began to tell me about PTSD, something I knew absolutely nothing about. My wife and I listened to what he had to say and we left with his phone number and e-mail address. I couldn't get the eerie parallel of our lives out of my mind.

I had always known something wasn't right after I got home from Vietnam. As it was it seemed that everyone knew something had changed me? Now some Thirty-Four years later we had a name. Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. After a short period of time "Grif" got me in touch with the man mentioned in chapter thirty of his book, Mr. James O. Ward, (DSO) of the local VFW. From there I was on my way to learning about something that had tormented me for so many years. I was put in touch with Mr. Timothy Doherty, LCSW at my local VA Outpatient Clinic. I was immediately diagnosed with PTSD and have spent many, many hours with Mr. Doherty in the years since we first met. Many thanks to "Grif" for starting me down the road to understanding and many thanks to Mr. Doherty for his learned leadership on that road. Any Veteran or his family would benefit from reading "Grifs" book. You just might find yourself in there just like I did. Help is out there. You just need a " chance encounter" with " When You Hear The Bugle Call". Good things start with a clear understanding of PTSD. This book lays the foundation for veterans and their families to start down that road of understanding!”

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