In 2010, PTSD day was established on June 27th, with June becoming PTSD awareness month in 2014. Many of our blogs and resources explore PTSD in relation to the primary victim, however, it is also important to remember that those effects ripple out into the PTSD sufferer’s network of friends, family and professional support.
Shifting from military life can be a delicate transition, especially if you served for many years or have retired for medical reasons. It is during this time that many veterans find themselves at a crossroads which can lead them down a path of health and success, or a route to addiction and self-destruction. The choices made at the beginning of this journey will create the foundation of that path, which is why it is so crucial to be properly educated on the hurdles, pitfalls and support resources that await.
The United States is going through one of its worst drug crises to date as a result of opioid addiction. This epidemic has led to a sharp increase in overdose deaths caused by the use of prescription drugs or heroin, making it the leading cause of death among Americans under the age of 50.
Hold fast to your core values. This is probably the best advice I could give someone who is wanting to transition into civilian law enforcement. Those things, along with taking care of your mental and physical health are key to a long career.
Returning home from combat can be extremely challenging. Soldiers might find that they can’t sleep or are nervous or angry much of the time. These emotions often strain relationships. The first step is to learn what is causing your loved one pain (as much as you can), and from there, you can work together to foster healing.
I wanted to start writing about War and matters of the Heart. We all have stories of what we did during Battle. I wanted to write about other aspects of War that were equally devastating to me.
We all understand what it is like to have your heart broken. From a girlfriend, death of a family member, big opportunity lost etc. Below is one that I have experienced and I know many of you have also.