Last Updated 10/1/2016
This site has been established BY Combat Veterans FOR Combat Veterans and is dedicated to helping them learn to deal with issues they face while they are deployed, on active duty or after they leave the Service and are trying to stay sane long enough to [learn to] reintegrate back into a happy, comfortable, successful civilian life.
Our primary focus is, and will remain, working on the issue of Veteran Suicide. We will address as many other issues as we are able (which turns out to be quite a few, actually), but they will always be secondary to Post Traumatic Soul Distress (PTSD) and the death, devastation and tragedy it leaves in its wake.
We believe our definition for the PTSD acronym is more fitting than the commonly accepted version for several good reasons. First, it is very important to distinguish our take on the nature of PTSD from that of the VA and Mental Health Industry at large. They have defined it as a Mental Illness and treat it using Cognitive Behavioral (or ‘Talk’) Therapy (CBT) along with heavy doses of Opiates, Barbiturates and any number of other pretty serious meds. These are great for masking symptoms but cure nothing. The heavy hitters in the PTSD remediation business outside Government have long since realized that PTSD does not respond well at all to CBT. They have also realized that PTSD, having been a part of warfare pretty much since Cain and Abel is not a mental illness but a Spiritual (NOT to be confused with religious) problem that begs for a Holistic (as in traditional/ancient) solution.
Apart from the suicide issue, PTSD has a thousand faces, nearly all of which could be much better described as manifestations of grief, guilt, loss, residual fear, etc, btut definitely not Mental Illness or Deviant Behavior as the Establishment would have us believe. We will also discover that with appropriate Holistic treatment, these many and varied symptoms can be remediated.
I doubt that any of us really expected to come home from a Combat Deployment or three the same happy, go-lucky doofus who pranced into the recruiter’s office way back in the day. That having been said, we can perhaps be forgiven for not expecting what we got. In any event, it is what it is; and we can and will deal with these issues.
One crucial aspect of managing PTSD (or any problem or adversary) is to know your enemy, and to that end, we will all devote substantial time dedicated to reading up on the nature of the beast I doubt this is the first time you’ve been told that understanding your enemy gives you a huge leg up in defeating him. Ed Tick’s books War and the Soul and Warriors’ Return, being pretty much the best references available, will top our list. They are available online for $12 – $18. We feel strongly that they are essential to understanding PTSD and are pretty much required reading in our group(s
Together, we can: