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Posted on Aug 13, 2019
Nichole Ayres
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SGT Ben Keen
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For me, I didn't get help right away because I was fearful of being labeled. But one I started getting help things started to get better. It's still a struggle, some good days, some bad days but I'm still pushing.
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SGT James Perander
SGT James Perander
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And you wonder why vet commit suicide and become homeless because they don’t give a shit.
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PO2 David Allender
PO2 David Allender
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SGT James Perander - They never got the help they deserved to get from a good Psychologist. Like me, they are ashamed to get help, after all they are a grown man who is suppose to be able t o help himself. BULL! Go get help. Do not be shamed to seek help before it destroys you.
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SGT James Perander
SGT James Perander
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Two faced doctors in Lakewood tell me something I don’t know, I’ve been going there for for 20 damn yrs and I’m worse today when I got out Lakewood sucks there only in it for the paycheck
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SPC Michael Duricko, Ph.D
SPC Michael Duricko, Ph.D
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Outstanding points!!!!!!
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SPC Nancy Greene
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Excellent post. I think that’s part of the reason I became a therapist instead of a lawyer. I wanted to help as many people as I could and I am still trying to be there for anyone in need. Asking for help does NOT mean you are weak! I think it actually means you’re strong and have the courage to admit you can’t do this alone!
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CPL Linda Breen
CPL Linda Breen
10 mo
Thank you for all the support that you give and may God bless you and give you strength and wisdom for the year to come
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SPC Nancy Greene
SPC Nancy Greene
9 mo
CPL Linda Breen Is hank You My Sister. I provided excellent n-home therapy to Marine Corps families at Cameron LeJeune, NRAS, & Cherry Point. Loved my job and the Pride of the USMC! Let bed leaving Bas at sundown... when “Taps” played, Everyone stopped, got out of their cars and Saluted or hand over heart until flag was down and folded! Awesome traditions!
Not to mention, 2nd Force Recon Marines are Buff’! You definitely knew when spring arrived... great bodies are n green shorts without shirts running All Over Base!
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SPC Nancy Greene
SPC Nancy Greene
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PFC Donnie Harold Harris I definitely enjoyed provided my students n-home services to Marine Corps families.
Play Mornings msg with parents and children were lots of Fun when Marines joined in(think they had more fun than the children!
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SPC Michael Duricko, Ph.D
SPC Michael Duricko, Ph.D
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Absolutely great post! I applaud you and your insightful way of thinking.
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MAJ Armored Combat Command Commander
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It has been my experience that soldiers with PTSD often fall into three camps: 1. Treat them like they have no problem, 2. or focus on their treatment. 3. Treat them like bad soldiers. Standards are often a concept we espouse. However, with PTSD the care and treatment is not standardized.


I deeply empathize and lament with those who fall and don't get up for the count, I know because I barely got up a few times. Maybe I was just lucky to have a unit that emphasized my care more than anything else.

I had many fears in regards to seeking help:

- It would end my career
- Nobody can fix me
- People won't understand why I am what I am
- What happens after I seek help
- I have been trained to never give up and I can fight this alone
- The army is all I knew
- In my state of mind the world is a scary place
- How will I take care of my family after being kicked out of the military
- I am close to the finish line and I can make it on my own
- If I seek help I am a quitter and a failure
- I really don't know what to do

I wrote a paper in regards to PTSD and my experiences. It might very well help you understand and heal from PTSD. It focuses on understanding PTSD and realistic coping skills. The paper is called Love Squared. If you read it, please give me feedback. https://www.wellnesswishes.org/veterans
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Kathlean Keesler - Love is the key to healing. If you fill your heart and mind with love, you will be a stronger person.
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SGT Keith Smith - There is a lot of fear associated with PTSD:
- The fear of losing a career, and not being able to support the family.
- The fear of not being able to be fixed.
- The fear of overwhelming cluster of symptoms.
- The fear of losing the family.
- The fear of being in public.
- The fear of difficulty sleeping.
- The fear of what you will become.
- The fear of your life being out of control.
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Kathlean Keesler
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MAJ (Join to see) Thank you kindly. *ancientfaith.com The Book of The Revelation
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Kathlean Keesler - I have chaptered 3 soldiers for various infractions, but I felt compelled to fix them before they left me. I gave them pep talks and told them, sure they made mistakes, but they were young and still had a full life ahead of them. I also ordered them to go to the mirror, smile, say good things about themselves, discuss who and what they loved, and everything will work out. I know it sounds silly and eccentric.

Before they left me, they came to me to say thank you and to say a final goodbye, and they looked confident. You might be asking why am I indulging in this drivel. I am doing so because I used this same technique to help me heal with PTSD. There are two great attributes, it breaks the infinite cycle of negative racing thoughts, and it fills the heart and mind with love. Feeling love is like turning on a switch. You become more grounded, you feel better, you have hope, you can see the beauty that surrounds you, you can connect with what and who you love, and maybe if you are lucky, your passions will return.
Being compelled by love will give you a new lease on life. It will fix your wings, however you will not fly the same anymore. Such is life. It is impossible to describe how profoundly it changes lives.

I will enclose some more thoughts on PTSD:
For some of us, we need to ruminate about how and why we suffer, and when to relent and ask for help. Beseech constants in a sea of variables, and if respite should come, you will have constants in your life to cling to during storms. Your fears will subside as you realize you are stronger and have more control over your destiny.

Contemplate love. Rekindle love and passions that gave you delight. Then your heart and your mind will start heal. Test yourself. Go outside on a cloudless night and let your eyes wander and see the illumination of infinite stars and know you are part of this great journey. That your existence matters. Embrace the love and beauty that comes before you, and you finally find the peace and passion that you seek. Have gratitude that the sun warms your back and a cool breeze brushes your cheeks as you walk into the future.
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