Journaling Can Help

PTSD is not a new phenomenon, it’s been around since the beginning of recorded history, but was not recognized as a diagnosis until the 1980s. On this blog we’re going to explore the ways PTSD can manifest itself in the lives of combat veterans.

I am a writer by trade, and not a mental health professional, my interest in this subject began with a concern about the experiences of my youngest son, who served in the U.S. Army for ten years. His nine deployments while serving with the 82nd Airborne and JSOC frankly scared the hell out of me. I had always encouraged him to journal during his deployments and it eventually occurred to me that it would be useful to share this technique with the men and women of the Warrior Transition Battalion at Ft. Bragg.

That all started in the Summer of 2008 and evolved into a one-on-one training with soldiers who are currently serving, and vets, including veterans of the Vietnam war.

My goal with this blog is to reach out to vets across the country and to demonstrate there are tools  which will allow them to better manage their symptoms.


7 thoughts on “Journaling Can Help

  1. John

    Good Stuff – our vets need all the support we can possibly provide and this journaling with your enthusiasm is terrific – keep up your good work

      1. Timothy Stewart-Winter

        Dear Mr. Cain,
        I’m writing a history of gay life in Chicago and have some questions I’d love to ask you after reading THE TANGLED WEB. Do you have an address where I could reach you?
        Many thanks!

  2. Rebekah Maenaga

    A pressing issue for men and women in a state of crisis, whether it is stress, depressed,anxiety or any variation thereof, is that they want, need, and must get immediate attention.

  3. onlyspartanwomen

    Hello Michael–thank you for stopping by my blog. Thank you also for the work you are doing, and please pass my thanks onto your son for his service. It is wonderful you are volunteering your time and your efforts to help our soldiers through the healing process.

    My blog began as a veteran’s journal, although not necessarily to address PTSD, but definitely a space where I have been able to reflect on how my service has changed my life. I am actually opening OnlySpartanWomen up to outside contributors, so if you are working with any female vets or soldiers who would like to share their stories, would you mind letting them know about my blog? I will keep the identities of anyone who would like to contribute in the strictest confidence, unless, of course, someone chooses to publish using her real name. I don’t have a whole lot of restrictions as far as content goes. As long as the contributor is a female veteran or soldier, she is welcome to write about anything from her military service to reflections on motherhood or even current events. I would just like OnlySpartanWomen to be a safe space where female vets and soldiers have a voice and share their experiences.

    I can also be contacted via email at Thank you again for your efforts and for stopping by my blog.


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