For Veterans with PTSD

Returning home and trying to transition back into civilian life after the military is difficult enough. Physical injuries aren’t the only injuries sustained by warriors. There are also mental scars that continue to have painful effects that are sometimes more difficult to overcome than physical injury. Traumatic memories and flashbacks from missions and combat zones have a lasting emotional impact that affects not only veterans themselves but their family and friends. When these emotional effects persist for longer than a month after a traumatic event has occurred, this is a sign of PTSD. The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs estimates that up to 20% of Iraq and Afghanistan veterans have PTSD. These estimates are most likely lower than they should be as many veterans aren’t getting help for PTSD.

Common Symptoms for Veterans with PTSD

Memories from combat are so powerful and so ingrained in the mind that you may find yourself getting lost on your way home and forgetting basic things like your kids’ ages, your spouse’s birthday or anniversaries. However, what you do remember is every minute of combat in stark detail. You remember every mission and its location…the grid squares, the dates and names. You may feel restless, angry, hopeless, depressed, guilty, numb, or a combination of all the above. You may feel like you’re constantly on guard, and you have trouble sleeping, night after night.

You may find yourself lashing out at family members, friends or getting confrontational with strangers when you don’t really mean to. You may be going out on drinking binges, using drugs, starting fights and engaging in dangerous or destructive activities to try to change the way you feel. You may have no desire to do things you once loved to do. You may struggle to understand who you are now, and your family and your occupational life are suffering. These are all symptoms that veterans with PTSD deal with on a daily basis.

Where to Get Help for PTSD

The first step, and one of the hardest, is admitting you need help and pursuing it. If you think you might have PTSD, and it’s obviously impacting your home life and/or your ability to keep a job and follow through with your everyday activities, it’s time to get help.

View the Operation: Warrior’s Path resources to learn where to get help for PTSD and learn more about it.

Submit Your Application for the Warrior’s Path

If you are a veteran seeking help for PTSD, please fill out our application for the Warrior’s Path and take the important first step towards winning your war against PTSD.

 

 

Learn More about The Path and The Project

You’re not alone, and you’re definitely not one of just a few. We are fellow combat veterans who’ve had PTSD and have made it through to the other side. As veterans, we have fought together in battle. We have bled, sweat and cried together overseas, and now we will get past this together. Join other veterans with PTSD in camaraderie and overcome it as you have overcome so much already. Contact Operation: Warrior’s Path to learn more about The Path and The Project.