There’s a place to belong for veterans [UPDATED]Published 9:12am Monday, November 12, 2012 Updated 11:13am Monday, November 12, 2012
On the 11th hour the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918, an armistice or temporary cessation of hostilities was declared between the Allied nations and Germany in the First World War, then known as
“the Great War.” Commemorated as Armistice Day beginning the following year, Nov. 11 became a legal federal holiday in the United States in 1938.
In the aftermath of World War ll and the Korean War, Armistice Day became Veterans Day, a holiday dedicated to American veterans of all wars and conflicts as well as those who serve our country in more peaceful times.
Nor only do veterans stand in the gap for us lo keep America free, they put their lives and livelihood on the line for us. Many have made the ultimate sacrifice. and many more live with the after effects of their
service. If you know a veteran, thank them for giving to’ themselves to keep us free and safe.
Many veterans suffer’ from depression and/or PTSD. Suicide rates for veterans are more than twice that of the regular’ population. Most of us are familiar with depression but PTSD is another matter.
Common signs of PTSD include recurring nightmares a traumatic event; sleeplessness; loss of interest; feeling numb, anger, and/or irritability and panic. Sometimes symptoms do not surface for months or years after the trauma. They may also come and go.
A person suffering from PTSD may find themselves avoiding places or things that remind them of the event, drinking or using drugs to numb feelings, considering harming themselves or others, working constantly to avoid thinking, and pulling away from people.
The good news is that PTSD is treatable, and treatment works. Researches around the world have learned much about the successful treatment of PTSD. A combination of therapy and medication seems to be the most successful treatment.
It is important to communicate with your friends and family when certain places or activities make you uncomfortable. Exercise and volunteer work can help relieve stress. Sharing with others who have had similar experiences also can be helpful to keep a person from feeling alone in their battle.
Lastly, it’s important to understand that you do not need to be a veteran to experience PTSD. Any traumatic event can cause the illness and certain factors increase the likelihood of a traumatic event lending to PTSD.
If you think you may be suffering from PTSD, it’s important to discuss it with your doctor or mental health provider, or spiritual advisor. Ask them if they have experience treating PTSD.
An assessment can help identify the problem and you can be on your way to reclaiming your life through treatment.
Whether you suffer from PTSD, depression, or another serious mental illness, come to A Place to Belong where you will find friends who understand. We want to be a refuge where you can feel safe and comfortable and of course, have coffee.
Looking forward to seeing you.