Saturday, January 27, 2018

Healing PTSD Is My Business

In the business of spreading healing since 1982
Combat PTSD Wounded Times
Kathie Costos
January 27, 2018

I finally did what one of my co-workers has been after me to do for a long time. Now I can go into work on Monday and say, "Yes I did publicize how long I've been doing this."

I got into the healing business of Combat related PTSD back into 1982. Yes, I am that old. My Dad was a Korean Veteran and my uncles were WWII veterans. On the night my Dad met my then, Vietnam veteran boyfriend, he said "He seems like a nice guy, but he's got shell shock." Never heard that term before. When I asked what it meant, he said "It has to do with war" but he couldn't explain it. He told me to go to the library. 

Basically, he started this but the man I fell in love with and married back in 1984 kept me going ever since.

I am sure you've read about the rants I do regarding reporters not doing their jobs and the awareness raisers taking the easy way out on all of this, but now you'll know why I get so angry.

Two years after researching PTSD, I finally knew enough to write about it. It was mostly in local newspapers. Then I got on the phone to get reporters involved with what families like mine were going through. They ignored all of it.

In 1993, it was doing online research and writing and there were a lot more like me out there. I learned from them and they learned from me too.

My first book "For the Love of Jack" was done in 2000 but I couldn't find a publisher. It was self published 2003.

Wounded Minds is one of the first videos I created back in 2006. I spent a long time going through files to find some of the older ones that used to be up on YouTube. Here are some of them that may prove the point, that taking the easy way out on taking care of our veterans, has been the reason we have lost so many of them. You can watch a couple of hundred more here.

Want to stop supporting people in the business of having fun with talking about suicides or do you want to start publicizing people in the business of healing?

I have a lot of emails saved on what this work meant and the fact that regular people like me can make a huge difference if we take the time to actually learn what this is. 
3/6/2006
Kathie, You may be receiving an E-mail from the 'Huffington Post - Contagious Videos' as I just Registered your video 'Wounded Minds'!!

I posted your name and e-mail on the online registration form, I think you should post the video up there, Hell even All of them, which I just Viewed and will pass on!

Hope you don't mind me taking the Liberty of writing them for you, if so just let me know!

THANKS for putting these together, I'll post them up on my blog: http://imagineaworldof.blogspot.com/ along with LinkBacks to your site and blog, and will be passing All of them on to as many as possible!!!

James XXXXX USN '67-'71 GMG3 Vietnam In-Country '70-'71 Member: Veterans For Peace
And from the Navy
7/17/2006 I saw your PTSD presentation online and want to share it with our Sailors returning from Iraq/Afghanistan. Thanks for providing this much needed information, Ralph
And that lead to even more videos