PTSD AWARENESS DAY! If you do not know what it is then you are now looking in the right place.
PTSD= Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and the only way to get it is by surviving a traumatic event and yes, it actually is a wound. It is even in the title since TRAUMA is Greek for WOUND.
It has nothing to do with being weak or not training right. It has everything to do with the fact the Department of Defense failed ten years ago when they claimed they were taking it seriously and then found every excuse possible to sit back doing the same stuff that failed even though suicides went up.
How they hell did they think prevention training would work for those with multiple deployments when they keep pointing out that non-deployed service members committed suicide?
How did they expect anything to change when they refused to?
As for being out of the military, they no longer had to answer any questions or include veterans in on their heart wrenching totals. They left that up to the VA. You know, the same VA that Congress has had jurisdiction over since 1946. The same one they have been writing the rules for an coming up with the funding for when all they ended up doing was blame the VA.
What did Congress do? They kept funding all the stuff they pulled before when they did not have a single clue what to do. They just kept doing the same with different names, funding them with more money and then giving themselves a pat on the back as if they did anything any reasonable person would have been ashamed of.
You have PTSD because you cared enough to put your life on the line and felt it all more than others. In other words, your strong emotional core is paying the price. It is about time the DOD got that message.
Everything civilians get after anything traumatic events is because of what researchers learned when Vietnam veterans came back and fought for all of it. Yes, military folks started all of it.
So do yourself a big favor and spend some time on this site and learn what you should have known all along. "It ain't rocket science." It is all common sense and all public knowledge. I've been doing this for over 30 years and living with it everyday. I used to feel alone until I discovered how much company I have. Now you know it too.