Originally posted by tamusan
reply to post by EvanB
PTSD is rife... With no help...
Dude. www.va.gov Go get some help. PTSD is now assumed to be part of military service at the Veterans Administration, and not something they
actively try to cover up.
I have to second this post, one phonecall to either the Royal British Legion or the Veterans Agency will see you on the path to help, whether that be
with PTSD, housing, funding for anythig else that might be causing a struggle.
Yes they probably have a lot on right now, but they WILL make time for you.
I've met many ex soldiers who have not taken this help when offered or informed about it. instead they sit and whine about their situation whilst
refusing help due to them being a big bad rufty tufty soldier who does need help from nobody...especially civillians. Bit of advice from someone who
served.....don't refuse help.
Quick story, i left after nine years, didn't have a great time in S. Armagh, needed a lot of help when i left the forces. For ages i refused to talk
to anyone outside about what i'd seen or done unless they'd been there themselves. If they hadn't seem their mates dead from gunshot or bomb
wounds, they weren't worth speaking to because they wouldn't understand.
Then i trained as a Fitness trainer/sports therapist, on the course we had to do a presentation on something health related. Loads of students, young
and old, talked about PTSD-like symptoms, but which were caused by numerous other situations that they...as civillians....had been through. Some had
lost babies, one guy was at the Lockerbie crash site, another had lost 9 friends in a mining accident....it went on and on....but all of the results
were the same, the same as what i was feeling.
After that i felt more at home talking to civillians, or anyone for that matter about thing, and it has helped.
Another thing that made me stop feeling hard done by and sorry for myself, when i was in a military hospital in London, we had some pensioners from
WW2 come in for PTSD treatment from the war. They'd only just found out that they could get treament for what they had been suffering. Five minutes
hearing what they went through made me kind of embarrased i was struggling at all.
Thats not to say yours or mine is any less damaging, i'm just saying, theres lots out there, military AND civillian who will have done and seen a lot
more that we ever will. Get the help, use that intelligence you talk about to not let the system beat you. It's damn hard, i won't lie, but you will
do it and look back and use your experiences to your benefit.
Royal British Legion
Ring them today whether you are serving or not.
Good luck mate,