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Command Post What is this?
Posted on Sep 25, 2023
U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
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Maj Kim Patterson
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Edited 10 mo ago
You mean publicaly put into print the dark thoughts, the reasons, the plans? That is the extent of what I choose to say today,. I have been in darkness and in light. During the darkest times, I didn’t even get the flashlight out. It was pitch black. But I’m still here,
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PO1 Guy Lewis
PO1 Guy Lewis
9 mo
I am glad you are still here
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Cpl Dennis Arnold
Cpl Dennis Arnold
9 mo
Me too ma'am.
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TSgt Cyber System Operations
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Absolutely get it out! I'm happy you're still here! I think many veterans, self-included, have found ourselves in the dark. We've got to get rid of the stigma behind seeking help.

I know that not everyone will believe as I believe, that's okay. I say that to share my next point. As a Christian, about a year or two ago, I have felt called into Mental Health/Life Coaching and Counseling. I launched a Coaching business (Shepherding Hope, LLC) and I'm 56% done with my master's degree. In all this, Galatians 6:2 has been put on my heart. It has become my life verse, which is to "Bear one another's burden, and so, fulfill the law of Christ."

I'm assuming this is a book you've written. If you wouldn't mind sharing, what is the title of it and where can one get a copy of it?
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CPT Daniel Helix
CPT Daniel Helix
9 mo
Great comment, totally agree. And much of PTSD can be the result in a false guilt, with the assumption you could have controlled things. We need to remember that there are only three things in life we CANNOT control: Other people, other places and other things. This leaves only yourself and your responses. To TSgt Billy G.s point Romans 8:1 & 2 speaks to our freedom in Christ, and Micah 6:8 tells us what to do next. Blessings to you all and I so proud to count myself among you.
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PO3 Edward Riddle
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The first thing I did to start working on my demons was to stop drinking and drugging. And boy did they really come alive then. But that was over 33 years ago and I'm still clean and sober with my demons in check. The main thing that helped me was AA meetings, getting a Sponsor and working the Steps. Of course, that's not for everybody. And then there's NA also. It takes what it takes.
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SPC Matt McNally
SPC Matt McNally
7 mo
This is a tricky way of getting me involved with this! I thought this was an article about struggles and come to find out there’s a built in support group attached to the end! hooyah! I’ve been sober 6 years going on 7!
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Sgt Sheri Lynn
Sgt Sheri Lynn
6 mo
May we all stay clean and sober… congrats all, and prayers for those still suffering. SPC Matt McNally TSgt (Join to see) PO3 Edward Riddle PO1 Guy Lewis
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PO3 Edward Riddle
PO3 Edward Riddle
6 mo
Sgt Sheri Lynn - Roger your last transmission Brother (I think. By not seeing a name, I have no idea). One Day At A Time!!! Get a sponsor. Work the steps. Trust GOD.
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PO3 Edward Riddle
PO3 Edward Riddle
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Sgt Sheri Lynn - Sister Sheri, I don't know why I thought you were a he when I sent this last post. I have no doubts whatsoever that you are 100% girl (Woman).
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PFC Charles Cloud
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When Northwest Battle Buddies gifted me a service dog it saved my life. My dog Millie, gave me a reason to live where none existed.
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CPT David Gowel
CPT David Gowel
9 mo
I've also had a very positive experience in getting a dog. Not even a service animal and she's made a big difference.
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Sgt Sheri Lynn
Sgt Sheri Lynn
9 mo
We got two shelter cats… they changed the entire energy of the whole house for the better!
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