I read this in a headline this morning and thought, there was a time when I could have been that veteran. My anger is unpredictable. Although I work at controlling it and have struggled with that anger for decades, like an earthquake it can strike and sweep away reason at any time.
“Mom befriends wife of PTSD vet charged with murder”.
This piece was written by Joe Mandak for the Associated Press. I read it in the Contra Costa Times and found a link to The Seattle Times to share here.
The wife of the veteran who is charged with murder is scared. She has received hate mail for what her husband did.
Hate mail like this shows the ignorance that still exists in society–an almost total misunderstanding of what it is like to suffer from PTSD that, like a violent virus, was caught in combat fighting for one’s country.
But there are those that understand, who have suffered from PTSD too. To find out more, click the link and read about Laurie Claar whose son, a combat veteran with PTSD, killed himself.
Learn more about PTSD
Lloyd Lofthouse, a former U.S. Marine and Vietnam Veteran, is the award winning author of The Concubine Saga.
His latest novel is Running with the Enemy. Blamed for a crime he did not commit while serving in Vietnam, his country considers him a traitor. Ethan Card is a loyal U.S. Marine desperate to prove his innocence or he will never go home again.
And the woman he loves and wants to save was trained to hate and kill Americans.
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I hope the VA is helping you out a little. It’s the least the country can do for veterans who gave so much of themselves as young men, only to find that, while they may leave the war, the war never leaves them.
A fellow PTSD “survivor”
I went the counseling at the VA for a few months. The VA will counsel me for life at no charge. But I’ve heard that there is a nonprofit run by vets that is better. I plan to go to that group one day.