Sunday, June 24, 2018

Elks cast net for PTSD veterans in Kentucky

Special event shows supports for veterans with PTSD
WPSD 6 News
Logan Gay, Justin Jones
June 23, 2018
It’s that type of support and awareness that can help these heroes conquer their battle with PTSD. They are hoping to make this fishing trip an annual event.

MARSHALL COUNTY, KY – Twenty veterans with PTSD were treated to a special fishing trip sponsored by the Marshall County Elks. The trip was made possible through a $2,000 grant from the Elks National Foundation.
According to the U.S Veterans Affairs the number of Veterans with PTSD varies by service area. About 11-20 out of every 100 veterans who served in Operations Iraqi freedom have PTSD in a given year. About 12 out of every 100 Desert Storm veterans suffer from PTSD in a given year . The VA estimates about 30 out of 100 Vietnam Veterans have had PTSD in their lifetime.

What do you call a person who sacrifices their life for a stranger? A hero. That’s what you can call these men and women. They’re all veterans no longer in a war zone but still fighting a battle. This time with PTSD.

Randy Henson said it’s a war that can only be won through support.

“A lot of times people can’t sleep and they have bad dreams. So when they get together with their buddies. You can talk about it and they’ve been through the same thing,” said Henson.

That’s what inspired the Marshall County Elks to sponsor a fishing trip. They wanted to show respect for these veterans and give them a relaxing day on the lake.
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New Yorker Reporter Resigned,,,after blaming others

Ok! So a reporter shared something that turned out to not be true, and now, she is blaming others for doing it?
I screw up all the time because I believe reporters. That is my bad for not taking the time to make sure what they share is in fact true. OK, honestly, I also screw up all by myself but I do try to get it right. I eat crow so often, I carry a salt shaker! 

This person is paid to report news not jump all over something she saw on social media and share as if it is true. 

Writer resigns from ‘New Yorker’ after twitter flap over Pasco Marine’s tattoo
Tampa Bay Times
Howard Altman
Times staff writer
Published: June 22, 2018
Lavin said she "was also a useful foil: a fat Jewish feminist with a Harvard education. ICE said I ‘baselessly slandered an American hero,’ artificially pitted me against a disabled veteran, and engineered a conservative news cycle in which I was a villain."

Talia Lavin, whose tweet about a Pasco veteran’s tattoo implied he was a Nazi, has apologized to him and resigned from her position as a fact-checker at the New Yorker magazine.
But in another tweet, Thursday evening, Lavin also lashed out at the federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency, saying it unfairly targeted her in its own tweet about combat-wounded veteran Justin Gaertner.

"This has been a wild and difficult week," Lavin said in the tweet. "I owe ICE agent Justin Gaertner a sincere apology for spreading an rumor about his tattoo. However, I do not think it is acceptable for a federal agency to target a private citizen for a good faith, hastily rectified error."

A Twitter storm erupted last weekend after Lavin’s tweet about a cross-shaped tattoo on Gaertner’s elbow drew a response from ICE saying she had "essentially labeled him a Nazi."

Later, Lavin tweeted, "I had become a weapon used to discredit my colleagues and the vital work they do holding power to account. As a result, I have resigned after three years at the New Yorker."

But she also insisted that ICE misled people about her role in the controversy.

"ICE also lied about me, saying I originated the scrutiny of Gaertner’s tattoo," she said in a tweet.
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PTSD Patrol light your own way out of darkness

Got your headlights on?
PTSD Patrol
Kathie Costos
June 24, 2108

When most people are still sleeping, I am on the road at 5 am, heading into work. Most of the time I am thinking of what it is going to take to get you guys to turn on your own headlights and see more clearly. 

Friday, I decided to take my camera and show what it is like on the road before most people wake up!
Considering how my life has been that way, wake before most people on PTSD, the road was basically mine. There were people on the road before me, but we had a better chance of getting people to follow us than we do now.

Back then, they could see us easily. We had our high beams on to show the way out of darkness. Now it is like there are way too many people congesting the road and leaving us trapped behind them.

It is too hard to see where you are going, depending on the lights in your rearview mirror to show you the way. It is too hard to see when you have someone driving toward you with their high beams on and blinding you from seeing what is in front of you.

Anyway, you have control over your own headlights. Not the ones on your dashboard, but the ones in your own head. 

Why drive in darkness? If you do not know what PTSD is, then that is exactly what you are doing. Sure you can move from one place to another, but do you ever find where you want to be?

You can drink or do drugs, but that only gets you numb.

You can stop talking, stay in the house and keep to yourself, but that leaves you alone. This is your battle now but just like in combat, you do not have to face this enemy by yourself.
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Nam Knights off to the races in Leesburg

I see bed people!
Combat PTSD Wounded Times
Kathie Costos
June 24, 2018

Yesterday at Gator Harley Davidson in Leesburg Florida, the Green Swamp chapter of the Nam Knights had a unique fund raider. They had groups race with costumes pushing beds. Yes, beds.

Members of some businesses, police officers, firefighters, Marines and one of them did pushups on the bed, Soldiers and even SWAT. Naturally SWAT had to top everyone with blowing something up!
And SWAT won!

Saturday, June 23, 2018

Senate hearing with veterans charity got testy

Alleged altercation at US Senate hearing between VA staffer and MVP founder
WIBW 13 News
By Shawn Wheat
Jun 21, 2018

TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) -- 13 NEWS has learned that there was an alleged physical altercation in April of 2017 during a subcommittee meeting in Washington D.C., between an employee of the VA and the founder of the Military Veterans Project.

In a recent e-mail exchange, Military Veteran Project (MVP) founder Melissa Jarboe told Joseph Burks, the Public Affairs Officer for VA Eastern Kansas Health Care System, to cease and desist any communication with her.

“The physical attack, verbal abuse and intimidation you displayed on April 27, 2017 has not been forgotten, rather thoroughly documented via video, audio and written statement to appropriate parties and chain of command,” Jorboe said in the e-mail, obtained by 13 NEWS.

Jarboe declined an on camera interview, but told 13 NEWS, she was called to testify by Senator Jerry Moran, at a hearing on "Preventing Veteran Suicide".

When asked by Senator Moran if there was a partnership between the MVP program and the VA, Jarboe said, “We do not currently have a strong partnership with the Veterans Administration. We are there if they need us. We are not asked to attend any of their boards. We are not a part of their direct community approach or outreaches. But, we will still eagerly assist the Veterans Administration when they are in crisis or in need because that’s what we’re supposed to do as Americans.”
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Because you did cry their tears

Older veterans cried the same tears
Combat PTSD Wounded Times
Kathie Costos
June 23, 2018

Considering this is PTSD Awareness Month, the most important thing has been missing from what you need to be aware of. The results prove that.

The latest suicide report from the Department of Veterans Affairs is missing a lot of information, but within the report it states two very damning facts.

Veterans over the age of 50 are over 58% of the known suicides, and veterans are twice as likely to commit suicide as civilians.

Pretty shocking stuff considering the topic is all over social media and stunts are pulled all over the country on a daily basis to "raise awareness" of the deaths, but few offer hope of healing.

Very hard to take for any advocate, especially when there have been decades of research to prevent veterans from taking their own lives after surviving combat.

"I'd protect you from the sadness in your eyes, give you courage in a world of compromise" so the song goes and how I wish I could change things for you. The sadness in your eyes does not go away because there is a smile on your face. Yet, those same eyes that have seen way too much, end up shining when you heal.

It seems that most people want what is easy, while you did what was hard. They want easy solutions, slogans that make them feel better, but do not accomplish much else, and fast answers, so they do not have to look too hard.

Why do you continue to risk your life now after you risked it for everyone else? Is it your pride? Do you fear being seen as weak? Then you've been getting the wrong message. This is an old video I did and it shows what PTSD is.

And here is another one on grieving.

If you grieve, then you cared and there is nothing weak about that. It took a lot of inner strength to put your life on the line.

Find that same care for your own life now and heal so you can still help others now. When you can, you can take away the sadness in someone eyes of someone else, because you did cry their tears!