PTSD in Combat Veterans

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PTSD in Combat Veterans

June 27th is National PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) Awareness Day. The Department of Veterans Affairs has recognized the month of June as PTSD Awareness Month. PTSD Awareness day was established after Army National Guard SSG Joe Biel took his own life after two tours in Iraq. His birthday was on June 27th.  PTSD in Combat Veterans is not something that veterans should be ashamed of. Rather, they should get the proper help they need in order to live successful lives.

PTSD in Combat Veterans There are many symptoms that returning service members may experience that are related to PTSD. Many veterans have seeked help but unfortunately, the VA system drags out their claims process and they are turned away. I served with a soldier who seeked help, but was turned away. He took his own life and the VA has left his family with many unanswered questions.

PTSD in Combat Veterans is something that will continue to affect many veterans and their families for years to come. Taking the necessary steps and seeking help is just the beginning. Hopefully one day, our country will develop a streamlined process were veterans can get immediate help.

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PTSD in Combat Veterans

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Tim Lorenz
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It is sad that the Vet has to suffer PTSD.  My heart go out to them.

Jun 27, 2012 09:47 AM #1
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Jairo Arreola #SOLDBYVETERAN
PRG Real Estate - San Jose, CA
VA Home Loan Specialist - SF Bay Area

Tim, thanks for stopping by. It is very unfortunate that our country has failed our returning service members. We can only ask for the VA to do a much better job, because right now, they are not.

Jun 27, 2012 10:30 AM #2
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Carla Muss-Jacobs, RETIRED
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Be cautious with whom you seek help.  Psychotropics from psychiatrists aren't the answer either.  They (both) can exacerbate the situation.  Anti-anxiety, anti-depressants, sleep aids are not the answer at all.  No one has the power to alleviate anything emotional that is going on within a person, except the person themselves.  This is true with all loss including emotional loss and/or stress.  People should realize that they can not rely on the army, the VA, the government to make them feel better.  They should rely on themselves first, then family/friends, support groups.  Don't drink alcohol.  Exercise.  Eat healthy.  Eat nutritious foods.  Avoid over-processed foods.  The battle is with depression.  It can be won, but not by popping a pill.  Don't rely on a psychiatrist to make it all better with a prescription pad!   Your friend that seeked sought help, I'm going to wager a bet that he was prescribed psychotropic medications.  Get into a SUPPORT GROUP.  Try natural healing, pray or meditation.  Let time work through it.  Time will ease the loss.  My father had his leg blown off in WWII.  He was an amputee.  I never saw him pity himself or mourn the loss of his leg.  He had a 4" stump remaining only to attach the prosthetic.  He overcame his depression and his suffering without mood altering drugs.  Without booze.  He had children (I'm living proof), worked in the private sector in the aerospace industry, swam at the pool with his stump.  Soldiers CAN overcome these horrendous things.  They can NOT rely on the government or the military to help them through this.  They will not ever get better unless their reliance is within themselves.  DO NOT give in to Alcohol or Drugs either the street drugs or the psychiatrist pushed drugs. 

Jun 27, 2012 10:57 AM #3
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Jairo Arreola #SOLDBYVETERAN
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You are very right. I had a few friend who ended up addicted to all the medication the VA gave to them. Alcohol is also a huge problem in the military. When I first got back, I used to drink a few beers everyday just so that I could relax and go to sleep. I knew it was becoming a problem so I stopped drinking. I still sleep fairly late, but I have managed to stay away from the alcohol. Unfortunately, I have other friends who were not able to cope with the realities of war in a more controlled way. I just think the VA needs to do a better job at assessing those who need help, and create support groups where veterans can talk and vent. Thanks for stopping by. Your father is a hero. 

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