Supporting Our Vets

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A Soldier’s Real Life

Many of us here in the US applaud those who fight for our freedom. I would even say most of us. Any time someone comes around who demeans our soldiers we get enraged and remind them of all they have done to serve our country. “They risked their lives for your freedom!” is one of our most common responses. This is very true, and a commendable response. I wonder, however, … Continue reading

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Faith

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Lets just be honest – dealing with a person who has PTSD day in and day out is a pain in the a**!! Today I am at my wits end!  Always having to be “on” to smooth out the bumps in our relationship is stressful but then add in the kids when they don’t understand why Daddy is mad for no reason … it’s a bit much some days!   … Continue reading

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Love in a Combat Zone

Here it is two days after my birthday, my wife is now packing up to leave for the weekend, and it is not on good terms. I’m not sure what happened since she came back from Afghanistan, but things are different, way different. It seems to be a blessing now if we can get through two days in a row, without this impending feeling as if things are coming to … Continue reading

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Expect the Unexpected

As a caregiver, we always have to plan and expect the unexpected to occur. No matter the injury, or health challenge two plans have to be in place. You need a safety plan for yourself, and a safety plan for the one whom you are giving care. Let me explain by sharing a personal story.   The night before his Cognitive Processing Therapy appointment's are hard enough, sleep wise, without … Continue reading

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Is there such thing as normal with PTSD

Today started out good; Got up went to church, had some friends over for lunch, then went to my moms to swim and go to the beach. Sounds like a pretty awesome day doesn't it? The awesomeness ended on the 45 minute drive home. My husband has a tendency to turn a little incident into a disaster. Incident #1…our 2 year old spilt his bucket of sandy shells in the … Continue reading

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Combat Veteran you know who may have PTSD

Contributed anonymously from one of our supporting visitors…. For the longest time, my brother's actions never bothered me or raised a flag. He seemed to be distant, always wanting to be alone, and posting weird things on Facebook. My family would say something at gatherings about one thing or another he did that seemed a little odd. I chalked up his weird behavior to him being himself. He is a … Continue reading

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Veterans and Unemployment

  Coming home from war–while a great relief, also presents its own challenges–re-acclimating to everyday life, catching up with people you haven’t seen for a long time, and, of course, finding a job. Currently, the unemployment rate for Combat Veterans of the post-9/11 era is higher than the national average. You may think that soldiers immediately have a leg-up on the competition, and should be easily able to find a … Continue reading

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A Mother’s Day

Many of us here in the US applaud those who fight for our freedom. I would even say most of us. Any time there comes around some whacko who demeans our soldiers we get enraged and remind them of all they have done to serve our country. “They risked their lives for your freedom!” is one of our most common responses. This is very true, and a commendable response. I … Continue reading

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How to Help With No Money

No Money To Donate But Want To Still Help Our Combat Vets? No Problem! Help Our Vets By Joining Our Online Garage Sale! We've made it super easy for you to help our vets get the resources they need and show your support to our troops. Here's how: 1. Just email a quick photo (or a couple pics) of an item or 2 (or 3) around your house, sitting in … 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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