Sunday, July 6, 2008


Google PTSD Alert: 07-06-08

Hidden Casualties: Suicides, PTSD Haunt US Veterans
By Signs of the Times: A year and a half ago, Scott Eiswert, a
specialist in the Tennessee Army National Guard, returned
from Iraq, only to face an escalating battle with post-traumatic
stress disorder (PTSD). When he learned that his unit would
deploy again... Signs of the Times -

Re: Soldier in Nationally Published Photo Dies After
PTSD Struggle
Stories like this make my heart hurt. I have never seen combat, but
I can only imagine the horrors these men and women see in the war.
To have their brothers and sisters in arms falling around them, and
yet they can find it in their... -

Question: How best to help a loved one with PTSD/Depression?
By Langdon- My question is this: As a carer, what types of creative
things do you do that help encourage a PTSD sufferer who is
dealing with depression? A very important person in my life suffers
from PTSD and has had reoccuring depression at...
PTSD Forum -

Posttraumatic Stress Disorder
By Guest - Many people associate Posttraumatic Stress Disorder
(PTSD) with the military, and that is a valid reason to have the
disorder; however, there are many other traumatic experiences
that can cause a person to experience PTSD...
Romow Health & Beauty Blog-

Virtual War Zone on 4th of July (PTSD)
By Kilong Ung - Unfortunately, the (celabratory use of) fireworks
can easily trigger terrible fear, anxiety, loneliness, horrible
memory, depression and insomnia for those who have lived through
combat zone and now suffer from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
(PTSD)...Blog -
The toll-free Veterans Affairs Department Suicide hotline number
is: 1-800-273-TALK (8255).
Veterans Affairs Department:
Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America:
Flashback, Posttraumatic Stress Disorder, Suicide,
and the Lessons of WAR-- by Penny Coleman
---> I Can Still Hear Thier Cries, Even In My Sleep ...
A Journey Into PTSD --By E. Everett McFall
Both Books are Available on
24 Hour Info Call: 1-877-222-6741


Anonymous said...

Traumatic stress reactions can be loosely divided into physical and emotional, short term and long term. Many people initially feel shock and disbelief, even denial. Also common are anger, fear, anxiety, sadness, hopelessness, compassion, helplessness, and survivor’s guilt.

Anonymous said...



I'm just a soldier who stands in the rain
My memories of home are what keep me sane.
Back home is a land of milk and honey
Ruled by lust and love of money.

But, what can I say, when I serve her true
For I volunteered to see this war through.
Now, that I'm here, it's hard to believe
We're just the victims of those who deceive.

As darkness falls on the rice fields of Nam
Scared men with rifles walk the shadows of the calm.
It's thousands of miles to the steps of my church
With its stained glass, steeples and lost souls who search.

Off in the distance I see an arc light
Bombs being dropped on children at night.
I've seen that evil they call the yellow rain
And how life withers when it's sprayed by a plane.

All of my buddies have been taken away
No more touch football will they ever play.
Zipped in their body bags for the long trip home
Are some of the bravest, I've ever known.

War is a hell, devised by man
There's death in the sea, the sky and the land.
Lord, I can't help but wish I were home
Back with my love, whom I hope is alone?


Where would I be without you dad
My hero of night and day
I'm so glad you love my mother
And think of us when you pray

The last time we went to church
You reached for me with your hand.
I looked at you, then made a wish
That I might be just half the man.

I love my father of this earth
And I love my father of heaven.
It's a lot for me to love, you know
For I'm only eleven.

Mom and I sure miss you
Since you left to defend our flag.
When others ask, where is your dad
I can't help but boast and brag.


We awoke to the crack of rifle fire
With mortar rounds hitting the ground near by.
The flying shrapnel was absorbed by sand bags
Which saved lots of us who wished not to die.

The hot spent shell casings fell to the ground
As the VC charged our fortified hill.
We killed so many the stench made us sick
While we fought to live and not for a thrill.

Barbwire, bullets and clay-mores took their toll
As red and green tracers lit up the sky.
Before long I was the last GI left
When napalm caused my enemy to fry.

Fleeing the sound of our choppers gunfire
The enemy retreated to the caves and trees.
Then I cried, "thank you " to heaven above
As I checked out my buddies on my knees.

Somehow I managed to survive the day
Though many I've served with names I have read
Carved in the shinny black stone of The Wall
Are my comrades of war, among the dead.

By Conservative Poet
Tom Zart
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