Hi, having been born into a military family, I have seen and lived around PTSD my entire life. My father was a soldier in Vietnam and served with distinction for over 30 years.
I realized the terrible effects of PTSD when I had to confront and disarm my father who was suffering from an episode while I was only 10 years old. Later I wore a uniform like my father and also came to suffer from PTSD.
I have always wanted to be able to find a way to help others who maybe don't have the opportunity for support and help they truly need. By joining in this campaign you are sending out a clear message that although you may not have PTSD, you are compassionate and empathetic to those who have this in their lives.
It is a starting point, a launch pad. It is a beginning. The truth is that PTSD is a situation where someone who has it feels like they have lost a part of themselves. Maybe it is a reaction to not being able to change the situations or conditions of what they have experienced. Maybe it is a condition that is a feeling that someone else was let down. The saddest truth is that the higher the personal standards ,the harder it is to deal with the realities of war. Leaving soldiers Litteraly beside themselves .
These men and women who have served their nations, fighting their natural instincts to run or flee the dangers and calamities of war never failed us...Now when they need us don't fail them. Show your support, let them know that the battles they fought, the dangers they faced...no matter how terrible. ..means you feel safer. Knowing that someone like them protects you and your family from even the thoughts of war.
Remember that most of them have heard some cheers but they can't understand why. All they know is the horror of war not any glory. What is important to them is just feeling connected to the world around them, feeling a bit more at ease. So take them for a fishing day out. A kite flying day..A comedian club..or just a drive to see nature.
They fought FOR something...something intangible. ..share that with them.
Crowds are difficult, loud noises are too.
But calm streams, and lakes ,and places with a great view do wonders.
I have been alone with my PTSD for almost 20 years. My dad just got his recognized by the government last year..since the 1960's. Almost 50 years later men and women are still fighting this fight. Time for a change.
My favorite saying has always been. ..
"Be the change you wish to see in the world!" Add your voice, be that change.