Combat Veterans Blog

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

From the beaches of paradise to the sand pits of hell

Leaving to Iraq was one thing, but leaving the person I loved more than anything for 12 or more months was another. I didn’t know how to deal with it, so I suppressed it and smoked multiple packs of cigarettes a day. I must have been completely numb up until the point we were sitting in Kuwait smoking cigarettes on a sand barrier, because that is the next clearest memory … Continue reading

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Save Our PTSD Sites

At Operation:I.V. we are determined to save lives and make life better for our Combat Veterans! We need to get the word out there about the real issues that our Combat Vets with PTSD and TBI experience, and what it really takes to help them and how we are doing just that! In order to do this we really really need your help!! The following 3 things are what we … Continue reading

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Mi Amor, Hawaii

As we were sorting the never-ending bags of mail in our mailroom that day, putting each envelope in the correct slot, I noticed I had a letter. I knew what the letter was, as I was waiting on my orders for my next duty assignment; back then that was how you received your military orders, rather than through email now. So as I sat in our post office in South … Continue reading

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My weapon by my side….

Someone is breaking in, I can hear the window cracking open. I hear the footsteps coming to my bed. I hear them breathing near my face. Someone is in my house. As my heart is beating out of my chest…I open my eyes. These are the dreams and thoughts in my head during the early morning hours. I reach under my extra pillow, of the many, to check and make sure … Continue reading

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Etiology of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

In my experience with PTSD, I have always tried to think about what could have made that experience easier. With that ideology I have found that if I would have known about the etiology of PTSD, that would have allowed me to understand the disorder a little bit better and know what to expect. Having such an understanding could have allowed me to notice the symptoms more readily, and or … Continue reading

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Step-by-Step

As I was reading my facebook stream, as I do everyday, I saw a post on Operation:I.V.’s facebook page that really hit home for me. The picture that was posted gave suggested tips for Veterans who are suffering from PTSD, and how to cope. The tips are not only a great way to cope daily but will be even more effective during the holidays. When those trigger moments occur, oftentimes they are associated … Continue reading

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30 Second Dance Party

As I have mentioned before there are numerous ways in which PTSD can be treated, and what works for one person may not work for another. Before I get into, and ask for feedback on clinical treatment methods, I would first like to point out effective coping skills I have found useful in my battle with PTSD. Regardless of if you are being treated with prolonged exposure (PE) therapy or … Continue reading

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‘Tis the season

Shortly after Christmas had passed, on December 30, 2006, I was not enjoying the festivities as I once had in the past. I didn’t have to unbutton that first button on my pants because I was now so full I could hardly fit, and I wasn’t about to ring in the New Year with friends and family. I was deployed with 25th Infantry Division, out of Hawaii and stationed in Iraq. … Continue reading

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The little things……

Ugh! Its 11:48 PM at night, and I have a 10 page paper to write after working a 10 hour shift at work. Yesterday was pretty much the same as today, and I have to say that I’m exhausted! Tomorrow will be a little less stressful because I will have a short day at work, but then I also have a 10-15 page paper to write for my psychopathology class. There … Continue reading

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Happy Thanksgiving!!!!

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!!! As we approach Thanksgiving we are all reminded of the things we should be thankful for, however in my opinion this should occur more than once a year. We all have daily struggles and stressors that we are faced to deal with, but there is ALWAYS something to be thankful for. When I was in Iraq I was thankful that I was there instead of my family … Continue reading

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