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Veterans on Symptoms of PTSD

Veterans describe a variety of PTSD symptoms and the steps they took to help manage their mental health challenges.

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3 thoughts on “Veterans on Symptoms of PTSD

  1. Let me tell you about the "help". When I started remembering what had happened, it was already 30 years later. Oh I guess my subconscious knew about it the whole time . . . but it didn't share with the rest of me. I had been isolated since 1988. Once it was brought to my attention . . . it got a lot worse. I started the process of getting service connected last year at this time. I have no faith in the VA, humanity, the USG, God, religion, but I figured I would try with everything going on.
    I started going to therapy and that helped . . . kind of. I mean I can sleep a night through once a week now. But every set back takes me right back to where I started. In February, I lost my vehicle due to break down and therefore lost the jobs I was doing to keep me afloat. I went to the Vet Center and other Vet advocates and was told "Let's get you into a homeless shelter". I snapped. I was asking for help to get back on the road so I could help myself and that was the answer. Since that time, I haven't made enough to help myself and the help offered . . . well it isn't helpful. Keeps a roof over my head but it always feels like I am taxing the people helping me. At the Vet Center and the other agencies, I was lectured to, preached to, derided, berated, talked down to . . . and I considered martyring myself in front of the VA to make a point so other vets might get noticed. I was told one of my issues was "anxiety" . . . a nice way to say butch up and get out of my office, was given hope it was going to happen in May and this week have had that hope smashed into a million pieces and told that even if it does happen they only count back to May now.
    I know from experience that the VA does not care about it's Vets. This has been made obvious to me since I detached from the Corps in 1989. I've had to scrap and scratch and bite and claw with these people at every turn and not just for my care but for that of other vets that they were treating like detritus. So I'm sorry to say this but, what tools? What resources? what skills? What I have been met with is walls, disgust, annoyance at my presence and quite honestly a need to sweep me away as quickly as possible. Don't wanna get any broken vet on ourselves.
    I don't need group therapy or to sit around with a bunch of people saying "Hi my name is —-" "Hi —-" "Let me tell you my tale of woes" I need people to do what the hell they say they are going to, be honest with me and tell me how long I need to be on the street before they help and do their damned jobs when I say "Hey . . . I'm having this issue where my memory gets wiped once a month or so. All short term and a few longer term things." Not say "well we looked and . . . oh well"

  2. Thanks for posting this. I interviewed one of your veterans pictured here as well, and he provided some good detail on how we don't just "move on" from PTSD, but we continue to move forward by intentionally taking advantage of the many resources, tools, and skills that are out there. We don't choose trauma, but we can choose how we respond to it. It can break you, or you can be broken open and use it to become a more intentional, compassionate, focused individual. @warriorsroundtable

  3. Broke, disabled, medical costs,. over priced rent… no one cares. No one can help.

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