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Encouragement, Inspiration, Tips and Support for Combat Veterans by Combat Veterans

I Can Breathe

As I stared out the window with tears in my eyes, I held a pint of beer in one hand and a cigarette in the other. This was my way of coping. This was how I handled things 4 years ago. Gulping down that pint only to order two more. That way I wouldn’t have to wait on the waiter to bring me another. As I chain smoked, I attempted … Continue reading

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Small Achievements ARE Achievements

One of the most common symptoms of PTSD is that it is easy to become overwhelmed. That has been my experience anyway. I have always wanted, and tried, to take on the world. That isn’t something I would advise for someone who is suffering, or has suffered from PTSD. It’s ok to take baby steps toward a goal that you wish to accomplish. If you have many goals, pick one–just … Continue reading

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Letting Go….

    I think the popular movie Frozen was so popular because it was a great movie first and foremost, but also because it reminded us that we do need to let go sometimes in order to grow. You don't always need a plan. Sometimes you just need to breathe, trust, let go and see what happens. This is such a true quote, but so difficult to do. Since our deployment … Continue reading

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10 Steps to deal with PTSD

  1. Never give up. Never ever give up. There is ALWAYS someone out there who cares, and is willing to help. ALWAYS. A Budhist quote states: "To the world you may be one person, but to one person you may be their world." Life’s trials and tribulations make us into the individuals we are destined to be, we just have to overcome those situations in order to become stronger … Continue reading

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The Girl with the War Tattoo

When I first sought out treatment for PTSD there were all kinds of emotions going through my mind. The most prominent was "I don't deserve treatment." I felt this way due to the fact that I wasn't exposed to as volatile situations as most infantrymen were exposed to. I sought out treatment anyway. I sought treatment because I knew that I wasn't the same; and even if I didn't experience … Continue reading

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Excellence Vs. Perfectionism

Have any of you felt that if you were a little more prepared for what was in store for you during your deployment, that you would be better of? That if you were aware of how the war would affect you that you would live a healthier life today?   I think about the "what ifs" a lot, although I understand that is not constructive. For instance, what if we … Continue reading

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My Little Furbaby

In August 2011, my partner and I fell in love all over again, with each other and with the new addition to our family. He could fit in my hand, was Black and Tan, with the cutest little button eyes. His name….Bosley. We went into a pet shop in Portugal, as I frequently liked to do, and was in there just to look. Once we got to the back of … Continue reading

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52-50 Days and a Wake Up

Every second, every minute, and every hour I thought about the day that we would leave Iraq. Ok, maybe that is slightly over exaggerated, but it was frequently thought about. We all had our calendars with the days marked down, and I would constantly debate how many days we had left. See in my head we always had two days less than what they counted, because I didn't count the … Continue reading

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Which Pill Today?

..Naproxen, propranolol, tramadol, cyclobenzaphrine, paxil, or my natural calming medicine that was not prescribed by a doctor–"which one" is a daily question. Well, it depends on what I'm feeling, but more times than not I'm feeling anxious and irritable, so which one of these medicines actually works for that? According to the doctor, propranolol should work for that, or the natural calming medicine should work for that, or if I … Continue reading

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I don’t need easy, I just need possible

130 degrees!!! Seriously! That’s what the thermometer read as I gazed up at it while smoking a cigarette outside of my chu (consolidated housing unit) while stationed in Iraq. It was 130 degrees outside and my power just went out in my chu. Considering I worked night shift during our deployment, it usually went out during the day. Needless to say, I had a lot of days like this, where the … Continue reading

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