A few weeks ago my wife & I were on a beach walk with our precocious 14 month old son. An elderly man with long white hair, pulled back into a ponytail, bent down about 15 yards in front of us, picked up something and kept walking towards us. As he passed us, he extended his hand to produce a $1 coin, he looked down at my son then back to me and said “For his college fund.”
The man smiled and was on his way. We said thanks before he went, then my wife & looked at each other for a minute before moving along.
The $1 coin was what this man had picked up, and like most people, you would assume finders keepers. This gentlemen must have been pushing 70, he looked good for his age too so my guess as to his age might be off, but in the few brief moments where our lives intersected will stay with me for a while. Here was this older man, happening upon a little bit of money, and within a few steps passing it onto my infant son so he can do something with it. This was such a small gesture, but one that I will remember for a long time.
I hope you read this one day kind sir, and I hope you remember us & the small kind gesture you passed onto us. And just so that you know, I still have that $1 coin, and will be giving it to my son when is a little older, and sharing the story of how we came to get this small but meaningful piece of metal.
On behalf of the team here at PTSDU, we would like to send a special thanks to all of our Veterans, past present & future. It’s the rare few who risk it all to keep our Nation safe, one day, heck, one year is not nearly enough time to show them the gratitude they have earned.
To any Veterans who may be reading this, thank you.
If you are not a Veteran, please be sure to take time to reflect on what this day means, and find something in your community so you can actively give thanks.
Sounds easy, and I know that it’s not… I understand that each day is a gift and I should be grateful for it… it’s just tough sometimes letting go of the “shit that weighs you down” as the wonderful Toni Morrison stated in the quote above.
I read something recently about forgiveness and how it’s ultimately beneficial for the person forgiving, not the person being forgiven. This made me think about forgiving not only those who have done wrong by me, but also about forgiving myself for my mistakes and horrible things I’ve done that I carry with me.
It’s a daily challenge for me to let go of things, and I think a lot of that has to do with forgiveness, which I understand is really for yourself (and myself). I’m making a more conscious effort to let go. Hopefully you can too. Much love.
The recent Government shutdown impacted millions of people, from federal employees & their families, to those wanting to visit our Nation’s parks & monuments who were not allowed to do so. With all the DC bickering aside, what I was most upset about was our most precious Veterans who were not able to utilize their VA benefits. Just writing that makes me sick to stomach, that our elected officials struggle to work together while our most deserving citizens suffer is disheartening to say the least.
Politics aside, there are organizations out there solely focused on helping people, and I like to think that our organization is one of them. Our users are our lifeblood, we are not here for personal gain, the sole purpose of launching this site and starting our non-profit was purely selfless. We have been where you have, we have felt helpless, and we have just wanted to reach out to others with similar experiences. Our small but grown community understands the importance of teamwork, that giving is just as important as taking, and they thrive because of it.
Wouldn’t it be incredible if our leaders in DC could do the same?
For many of us who live with PTSD, detection & treatment are key points we all would like to see addressed. Any steps towards research are key to helping all of us, and those who may find themselves seeking help in the future. News like this is really encouraging to read. – PTSD United Staff
VA Gets $45 Million For PTSD
White River Junction To Spearhead Research
White River Junction — In the 1970s and 80s, Larry Greene struggled through many sleepless nights.
“It’s hard to get a good night’s sleep,” said Greene, 64, of West Lebanon. “You’ve got all of these, I like to call them ‘demons.’ ”
The “demons” that were keeping Greene awake at night were a product of the post-traumatic stress disorder he developed after seeing heavy combat during the Vietnam War. His disorder affected many aspects of the Army veteran’s life. He had trouble holding down a job. He was short-tempered. Sometimes, he’d walk into a supermarket and become so overwhelmed with anxiety that he’d leave the groceries at the checkout counter.
Read the full story here.
Sometimes the simplest words have the deepest & profound meanings. Life for me as of late has been chaos, at times I have spent too much time focusing on all the negative, not charging forward, which is the only way to get through to greener pastures.
PTSD knows no barriers, it is not confined to Veterans, although many believe otherwise. Anyone can suffer from PTSD, symptoms are often similar to those faced by combat Veterans. – PTSD United Staff
Everyday people can experience PTSD nightmare
Karin Thompson, PhD, is director of the Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Clinic Program at the Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center in Houston. The VA has had programs to treat veterans suffering from PTSD since 1988, a disorder recognized in the early 1980s. But PTSD is not confined to the battlefield.
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It’s always sad to say goodbye to summer, the longer days and more hours of sunlight really do impact the way that I think & feel. In the wintertime, it’s always dark by the time I get home from work each night, which is not the case in the summertime. I often find myself more energetic, wanting to go out and do something when the sun is still up after 7pm, something about sitting indoors is not all that appealing.
While we have said our goodbyes to summer 2013, we are proud of what we have been able to accomplish in such a short amount of time. PTSD United is real, lots of hard work and countless hours have helped us launch what we think will be a groundbreaking way for people to connect. The best part is, we are just getting started, stay tuned.
We here at PTSD United are grateful all of our Veterans, past & present, for their service to our Country in both in times of peace and in times of War. This is an interesting perspective on awarding those veterans suffering with PTSD with the distinguished Purple Heart award – PTSD United Staff
How The Purple Heart Can Help Heal Veterans with PTSD
Criteria for the Purple Heart medal seems straightforward: “any action against an enemy of the United States” in which a service member is “wounded or killed” merits the award. But in practice granting of the award is a contentious issue among combat veterans and a charged field for both the wounded and those who judge the wounds.
Read the rest of the article here.
The beauty of new media is the creativity it spawns. Crowdfunding was a non-existent word a few years ago, and now it’s a powerful engine helping people fulfill their dreams. To see that creativity shed light on PTSD is inspiring to say the least! – PTSD United Staff
Actors Raising Awareness of PTSD Through Kickstarter Movie
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — At least 20 percent of Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans come home with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, also known as PTSD, but only half seek treatment.
Three Hollywood actors, Steven Grayhm, Matt Dallas, and Charlie Bewley, are trying to make a movie to raise awareness of the issue and they’re seeking public support.
Read the full story here.