I admit it, I am a follower of SOFREP.com and I am not a veteran. HOWEVER, I was the wife of a veteran and have a Facebook page, which is called, For the Love our Our Veterans which is dedicated to helping veterans and their families. And it is through my daily search for veteran-based helpful information that I discovered, SOFREP.
SOFREP is where, according to the website, you can get – “… insider perspective(s) from the former special operations and intelligence professionals that mainstream news media can’t access.”
Not only that, but Brandon Webb, one of the founders of SOFREP is a former Navy Seal, and co-author of “The Red Circle: My Life in the Nave SEAL, Sniper Corps and How I Trained American’s Deadliest Marksmen,” and several other books as well.
All of which is rather a long way down the rabbit trail, from what I wanted tell you about, which is Brandon’s terrific non-profit, The Red Circle Foundation, a Federal 501(c) Non-Profit dedicated to “helping Special Operations Families by providing with the immediate financial assistance which they need to move forward.” And, 100% of all donations go directly to families in need. I can’t explain their goal better than Brandon can, so click HERE and check out his video explaining what the Red Circle Foundation does and how it helps Special Ops families in need.
“Under the new proposal, Medicare would establish more stringent requirements to obtain advanced prosthetics, reduce the role of the prosthetist who creates and maintains prostheses, and eliminate some of the universal codes that all providers use to cover prosthetic care.
The proposal could affect the 150,000 amputees in the Medicare system, but advocates worry that its influence could set the standard and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and private insurers would follow suit. If that happened, the nearly 2 million Americans without limbs could be affected.”
Having and experiencing PTSD is no fun. Who really wants to relieve traumatic/dramatic events in their lives which have left a very large emotional (and sometimes physical scar) in their lives. I know that I don’t. And so what to do?
Now, I don’t claim to be a Veteran, but my husband is and so I have some experience with living with someone I love dearly who has PTSD. Also, it doesn’t help that I, too, have “issues” due to my personal disability, which is Aspergers. But, this particular blog is not about me, but about whether Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) is helpful in dealing with the emotional, as well as physical, components of the Veteran with PTSD.
According to ptsdabout.com, in an article written by Dr. Mathew Tull, “CBT is often used to help people with their PTSD, as well as a number of other psychological problems.”
So what exactly is cognitive-behavioral therapy? Again, Dr. Tull tells us that: “A cognitive-behavioral treatment is one that is based on the idea that psychological problems arise as a result of the way in which we interpret or evaluate situations, thoughts, and feelings, as well as our behaviors.”
Well, that is all well and good, but does it work? I believe that it depends on four things:
1) The patient’s willingness to work with the therapist.
2) The quality of the therapist and his working knowledge and skill in working with veteran’s with PTSD and their families.
3) Is the patient comfortable with the therapist’s approach to CBT and PTSD? (Be sure to get referrals from other patients and check BBB ((it couldn’t hurt)))
4)Understand that it will take time and alot of work to get better.
In March of 2014 the VA began a study entitled “PTSD: Exposure versus Cognitive Therapy.” As to their findings, I believe that they have either not finished their study, or have not gotten the approval to post their findings as of yet. Whatever, the important thing to remember is it is your mind, your feelings, your body, your family and your PTSD. Therefore, it is ultimately up to you to find a therapist you can work with so you can move forward.
Great news for those Vets and their family’s who are wanting to buy a house.
Several campaigns this year are hoping to help members of the military become home owners, which has prompted Veterans Affairs loans to surge in popularity
Big banks and mortgage companies are stepping up efforts to help returning vets get affordable housing by advertising the benefits of VA loans as well as donating hundreds of homes mortgage-free to vets.
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There are times when a group of people see a need and decide to fill it without help from government grants or loans. Disabled Sports Eastern Sierra, located in Mammoth Lakes, California have decided to do just that. As they write in their website www.woundedwarriorsmammoth.org/, “Disabled Sports Eastern Sierra is a nationally acclaimed year-round adaptive sports program for people with disabilities of all ages. Based in Mammoth Lakes, California, DSES is a 501(c)3 non-profit with over ten years of experience. Download DSES 10 Year Report as PDF. We facilitate change in participants’ lives that will enable them to lead a healthy lifestyle beyond participation in the DSES program.”
To that end, the Disabled Sports Eastern Sierra program are collecting funds to build the Nation’s Largest Wounded Warrior Center. To donate or learn more about this “mammoth” effort to help our disabled warriors, please click HERE.
Memories, so hard to stop them flooding my mind when I am trying to sleep at night. I try to quiet their persistent noise in my head with telling myself to relax. Fortunately, for myself, I have discovered the benefit of using “white noise” which in my case is a fan that I switch on at night to help me sleep on those “my brain won’t stop thinking nights.
Sadly, being able to sleep and stop the thoughts is not so easy for many of our troops. Here is an article that addresses that issue.
The marriage vow “…to love, honor and obey…”, is not exactly easy for us to obey. Especially when our very loved military/former military spouse comes home with a TBI or PTSD. That threw my starry-eye vision of love/laughter/rainbows and joy into a bit of confusion and martial turmoil. But, you know, knowledge is power and understanding what has happened to change the love-of-my-life can make a big difference in the re-building a marriage.
Here is a link to an article entitled, Marriage Tips for PTSD $ TBI Families, which gives some very good suggestions to help bridge that gap of “what the heck happened to my husband” to “this will take awhile to get it right, but we can make this marriage work!”
Ever on the lookout for ways to help our warriors/husbands/wives/veterans/active military, etc., I recently popped on the website of the Special Operations Warrior Foundation and thought I would share it with you as it’s goal is to – > ” support(s) the military’s Special Operations Forces and their families through three programs:
- College scholarships for the surviving children of fallen Special Operations Forces
- Educational & family counseling, and advocacy support
- Immediate $3,000 financial grants to severely-wounded Special Operations Forces service members
Does this interest you or spouse? If so, please log onto http://www.specialops.org/ for more information.
PTSD is no fun, as many of you military wives and husbands know. Focus on the Family’s, Pres. Jim Daily wrote a really great blog entitled, How Couples Can Work Through PTSD, as well as some great links that can really help with some other questions you might have. Just check it out. Okay?
I’d love to hear your feedback.