Life changes. When we closed the door on our private surgical practice in Los Angeles County, it was so my husband could start on a new path as a surgeon with the U.S. Army. We had worked with veterans from WWII and on. I knew my role as an Army wife would be to help the current generation as they came home from war. Hence, this blog has been five years, and two deployments in the making.
War has a profound effect on body, mind, and spirit. Thoughts of war grip the body, tightens the muscles, and sends an unending profusion of related and non related thoughts through our minds. Every person deals with it differently: some are destructive, others aren’t. But it’s important that the public knows: not every person who comes home develops PTSD, but everyone develops a sense of urgency to help those who do.
Today, the nation is at a crisis. Suicides, divorce rates, secondary PTSD developed by the families are all too commonplace. For all the therapists, psychiatrists, the days on end that seem to go on forever, the one thing we know is that an active life through sports, outdoor recreation, yoga, and the arts engages all of the senses and helps bring one into the present. But here’s the thing: this blog isn’t just for the veteran, but for their families, as well as combat journalists, and contractors who go to war too.
That’s why we’re here. To act as a platform for the many organizations reaching out to veterans. Many work on a shoe string, others enjoy a big budget. Regardless, the most important program is the one where you live. And who knows… it might be as basic as getting a bike, or a yoga mat.
One thing for sure: You’re not alone.