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.