Sunday, September 16, 2018

Who said you were beyond repair?

PTSD Patrol Sunday Morning Empowerment Zone
Your ride may be getting old, but it is far from ready for the junk yard. Most people value antiques and if you are a senior veteran, that is a great way to look at what comes with age.

You have a lot of miles on your spare tires. Your shock absorbers may be a little worn out. You may need some body work. The truth is, you survived all of the events that put miles on your ride. A lot of them were bad but more of them were good times.

You may be thinking it is time to just trade your vehicle in but there is a lot to be said for something that survived that long.

That vehicle you live in is not ready for the junk yard! Just like when there is something wrong with the vehicle you drive, you take it to the repair shop, you need to take you to the repair shop too!
Friday at Lake Nona VA, they had a lot of experts ready to help you navigate the road from where you are to where you want to go. It was Suicide Prevention day.
It is not about what you may have heard but just like when some people were saying the world was flat and you were going to fall off if you went too far, it was not true. The VA is not your enemy!

Actually, personally, I blame CCC (Congress Caused Clusterfluke) and yes, you know what I mean right there.
There are a lot of things the VA is doing that you may not have even imaged. There is a Chapel that is open right near the Memorial walkway.

I know that as time goes by, it is easy to think that nothing is going to get better for you. It won't if you do absolutely nothing but sit there and complain about how bad it is.

Don't let stuff drive you crazy when you could be driving in the right direction. 

Sunday, September 9, 2018

Getting directions to Hope

Whenever you want to go to a place you have never been before, you have to find out how to get there.

In my case, my daughter bought me a GPS after I got lost in Tiffin Ohio...for two hours circling corn fields. (Don't ask, long story) She said I get lost getting out of a paper bag!

Everyone can get lost but the folks who planned the road and loaded directions must have gotten lost too. 

When everything is going to hell, it is hard to believe in a place you have never been to. You are used to being stuck, most of the time feeling alone, and always being just too depressed to do much at all. 

But even though you may feel as if you are stuck, there is something inside of you trying to get you to notice you are the only one keeping you from getting to where it is so much better. You can live a better life if you look for directions how to find it.

This video is for anyone who is lost but refuses to pay attention to the easiest way to get to hope. No one is so lost they cannot be found and get your life turned around from grave to Hope Road.

Sunday, September 2, 2018

Suicide Prevention from Iraq veteran survivor

This video is from 2010. I was speaking at a Point Man conference and had my camera so that I could record the band playing.

For a unique reason, if you know what I mean, I kept the camera rolling when they were done. That is why the footage is so shaky. My hands were shaking as I was listening to Paul speak about what changed his life.

When we had a break, I told him I had recorded it. I gave him a choice. I could give him the tape, destroy it, or, put it up on YouTube. It did not take more than a second before he said, "Get it up on Youtube. I'm tired of losing my men."
Iraq Vet talks about PTSD and his work with Point Man Ministries and how he didn't want to live. Paul's life was saved and he became a leader in Point Man to make sure others learned to live after war.
Part 2
Part two, Iraq vet talks about PTSD and his work with Point Man Ministries and how he put the gun in his mouth

PTSD Not God's Judgment

PTSD Not God's Judgment
There is suddenly a lot of talk about "moral injury" and combat PTSD. It is survivor's guilt adding to what is known as PTSD but unlike other causes of PTSD, this one is harder to heal from. The good news is, you were not judged by God but He has put what you need to heal already in your soul. It is our job to connect you to it again. Contact Point Man International Ministries to show you the way.

Healing PTSD since 1984. Vietnam veteran came home, became a Seattle Police Officer and knew the price being paid by others. It started with a simple cup of coffee and taking time to listen to what was the soul crushing silence.

Coming Out of the Dark from 2006

Coming out of the Dark from 2006 
Don't suffer in silence!
Why be afraid if you're not alone? Life is never easy, the rest is unknown. The song is by Gloria Estefan and the first time I heard it, all I could think about were the Vietnam veterans I spent so much time with including my husband. You are not alone fighting to heal PTSD just as you were not alone during combat.

Vietnam Veterans and PTSD

Turn the Page from 2009

Vietnam veterans were sent there by themselves. They went into units as strangers. They came out as brothers and fought for all generations of veterans. You can turn the page of your past and into a better future. Like all memories, they do not end your story. They add to it.
This is from a ride to the Wall in Washington with the Nam Knights.

When I say that I learned from the best teachers, Sammy is one of them. In this video he talked about "tools" and how to move forward. Not by forgetting, but by making peace with the memories.
Vietnam Medal of Honor Sammy Davis has a message to all the troops coming home. Talk about it! Don't try to forget it but you can make peace with it. Dixie Davis has a message for the spouses too. Help them to talk about it with you or with someone else.

Vietnam veterans said they would never leave one generation behind. They fought for each other and for all generations but have been forgotten. 
Reporters just don't have time for them or reminding anyone that they waited longer, suffered longer, are the majority of the suicides, attempted suicides and those waiting for claims to be honored by the VA.

Had it not been for them, nothing would have been done on PTSD. 
When you watch this video, you'll see that they deserve just as much attention as the newer veterans. The problem is, none of our veterans get enough of anything!

Another video from 2006
When you ask a veteran when they were in combat, some will tell you it was last night. That is how strong the memories are. None of this is new. It goes back generations yet for all the awareness being talked about, they now know less than they knew before.

Forever Young
My wish for veterans in the New Year is that all of you know how much it means to be able to spend so much time with all of you.
"May God bless you and keep you always
May your wishes all come true
May you always do for others
And let others do for you
May you build a ladder
To the stars
And climb on every rung
And may you stay
Forever young"

PTSD Hero After War from 2006

PTSD Hero After War from 2006
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder is nothing to be ashamed of. It is because you put your life on the line and felt it more than others that you suffer today. The good news is, you can change again and heal to live a better life.

I am uploading some of my older videos and pray they help you too!

PTSD I Grieve

National Guardsmen and Reservists have the same wounds as active duty troops but they come back home without the same support. They grieve just as much but for many, they are also risking their lives as police officers and firefighters. 

Vietnam veterans have been healing from what their service did to them and they know what it is to grieve. Combat PTSD is different from other types. We only know about this wound of war because they fought for everything available today for all veterans. If you have PTSD understand this one message. You are not stuck the way you are and your life can get better. PTSD caused the change in you. Change again!

Live for love!

Coming home after combat should not be more dangerous but it is. Too many veterans committed suicide today. Be alive today to heal tomorrow. You served because you loved this country and those you served with. Live for love now!
UPDATE This was uploaded on 1-2-2012, long before the reports became headline news. The number back then was 18 a day. Goes to show how little has changed and how all the talk about "raising awareness" has been a lot of stunts and very little progress.

Courage and Combat PTSD

This is from an interview I did back in 2012. Same message now as it was back then, learn what you need to know to #TakeBackYourLife
There are many things that keep getting missed when we talk about Combat and PTSD. This is to clear up the biggest one of all. What is courage and how does it link to being "mentally tough" so that you can push past what you were told about "resiliency" training. Chaplain Kathie "Costos" DiCesare of Wounded Times Blog tries to explain this in interview done by Union Squared Studios.

Who said you were beyond repair?

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