Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Talking Tuesday

PTSD (Post Tramatic Stress Disorder)

This weekend an Iraq War Veteran led police on a 30-mile high speed chase, injuring two police officers and one motorist. Miller (the driver) has stated he has had a difficult time readjusting, after being deployed twice. You can read the entire article here.

The holidays are rapidly approaching. This time of year is especially challenging for those suffering with PTSD.

What can be done to help our veterans? Not just our returning soldiers from Afghanistan and Iraq; let us not forget our Vietnam Vets.

Your turn.........

5 comments:

Sarge Charlie said...

the va finally determined I had ptsd, 30 years later. zolof did good for me.

Tami said...

Listen. Listen. Listen. We need to stop talking at our Veterans and start listening to them. And we need to do alot of appologizing to our Viet Nam Veterans who should have never been treated the way they were.

God Bless,
CAV MOM

Coffeypot said...

Tami is right. Listen to what they have to say. Look at their face and body language and let them talk. Don't ask stupid questions, because if he feels comfortable enough with you, and you just listen, you will have all your questions answered without having to ask.

Brenda Jean said...

I agree that they need to listen not just talk at them. I can't imagine how it feels to be trained for war, then get out, and not be able to use what you've learned. The least we/they can do for veterans is help them fit in again, plus treat any medical problems. It makes me so mad that so many are on their own, lonely and in need of help. They should be our heroes:(

MightyMom said...

if you can take away the "tough guy" taboo on admitting that you're having a hard time....but, as I've said on other blogs. the very spirit that enables a person to be a good soldier is going to inhibit that same person from admitting they might need help. especially when it comes to something as insidious as PTSD.