I had been receiving treatment from the VA for some time before I decided there has got to be a better way. The medications I was taking was not helping me deal with my issues, it postponed them. I am not saying medication will not help some of us, I am simply saying that it is not a long term solution. Before I went to Iraq the first time, I had never heard of PTSD. I felt like I must be the only person with this problem... maybe I was over reacting, or maybe I was just
weak-minded? I kept saying to myself:
"MAN UP! ....SUCK IT UP AND DRIVE ON ....DRINK WATER!"
(Oh, how proud my Drill Instructors would be!)
I had to know more about PTSD before I could decide just how crazy I was.
Here are some facts you might find interesting.
1 in 5 Veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan have been diagnosed
with PTSD. THAT IS NEARLY 300,000 VETERANS!
Treatment for Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
has cost MORE than $2 BILLION and counting!
Health Care for a Veteran with PTSD cost 3.5 TIMES as much as those without the disorder.
Per Veteran, treatment cost about $8,300 in just the first year alone.
Veterans account for 20% of all suicides in the United States. If the Veteran is between
17 & 24 returning from Iraq or Afghanistan, they have a suicide rate that is four times higher than other Veterans.
We are not weak-minded, we are war fighters. I deal with my PTSD day to day. Some days are better then others. I feel like I am finally on the right path to MY recovery. I have never backed down from a fight and this is just a new one. If you need a battle buddy to help you fight this... I will stand beside you.
If you have thoughts of suicide or think you may have PTSD and need help. YOU ARE NOT ALONE!
"MAN UP! ....SUCK IT UP AND DRIVE ON ....DRINK WATER! .....AND SEEK HELP!"
TALK TO SOMEONE, ANYONE THAT YOU FEEL COMFORTABLE WITH AND GET
There are many options for treatment, find what works for YOU!
If you feel that the treatment you are receiving is not helping you …speak up!
"Like everything in life you’ll get out of it, the same amount of effort you put into it!"
For those of you not suffering with PTSD....
PTSD affects ALL AMERICANS! Look at the cost alone and tell me it doesn't.
Support the Veterans and help the Warriors Pathfinder Programs find solutions not temporary fixes.