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Wednesday, August 22, 2012

I just had a funny conversation with a VA secretary from a hospital out west.
She wanted to order my pamphlets After the War and The War at Home.
She was actually on my website and didn't notice that I was giving away the all the pamphlets and kids books I used to sell.
I led her to the PTSD Help links for the Gazettes, for Kids, for Spouses, for Twelve Steps, and the Essays, which has Home from War  for the new veterans, several popular essays from the Gazettes, plus Returning from Vietnam by William Crapser and Approaching Trauma Survivors from a Spiritual Perspective by Caterina Spinaris and even A Short History of PTSD by me.
It made me wonder if the site is not clear enough for people to use.
Please let me know what you think.

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Fan page for Robert Mason, my vet

Just started an author/fan page for Robert Mason, Author, otherwise known as my husband, Bob. If you like his books please like the page.
It is at
Bob wrote a memoir about Vietnam, Chickenhawk. He came home with PTSD when "it didn't exist" and wrote a second memoir, Chickenhawk:Back in the World, about that. They are both good reads.

Thursday, August 2, 2012

A Petition to Prevent Veteran Suicide by Addressing the Hidden Wounds of War Before Service Members Leave The Military

Prevent Veteran Suicide by Addressing the Hidden Wounds of War Before Service Members Leave The Military This is probably the most important thing we can do for veterans, reach them before they are alone in a room with a gun, or driving a car into a telephone pole because they have lost everything including themselves, or are about to because they do not understand what is happening to them and think it is weak to be affected by war.
Everyone is affected by war. War hurts. It makes you angry, alert to danger, annoyed at those who don't understand. It makes you intolerant of everyday concerns, cold to your loved ones, and it sticks itself in your face day and night when you don't want it and least expect it.
I hope everyone who reads this blog will sign this petition and share it on facebook or whatever groups you belong to.
And if you feel alone and crazy, there is help, starting at Patience Press where there are a bunch of free articles that might make you feel like a survivor instead of a loser. After all, PTSD is proof of survival. Dead men and women don't get it. It is evidence of courage, luck, skill, fast reflexes, and a whole bunch of other positive qualities.
Beyond that, there is a lot of help out there including free therapy from caring therapists who volunteer.
And my heart is with you, along with the hearts of a lot of us.