Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) can occur after a traumatic event, such as combat experiences, sexual assault, a serious accident and much more. Experts estimate that between 11 and 20 percent of people who served in the military on or after Sept. 11, 2001 have PTSD. Still, too little is known and understood about this condition. Below is a story that may shed some light on the PTSD experience:
Meet Frank. Frank served our country in Vietnam. Before the war, he had been a happy person, but he rarely smiled once he came home. For many years, Frank didn’t talk about Vietnam, thinking he would spare people. He started drinking more. He had a short temper, and had to have his back to the wall in restaurants because he kept thinking someone was after him. He couldn’t hold a job or have a successful relationship. He just felt that something was wrong. Frank didn’t realize it, but he was having many of the symptoms of PTSD.
“It was nice to know there was a reason for what I was doing.”
Frank went to the VA, where he was diagnosed with PTSD and given treatment and support. He’s doing much better now.
“I would definitely recommend any veteran go and get help.”
For another perspective on PTSD, read about Navy Lt. Chet Frith, a Navy Wounded Warrior — Safe Harbor non-medical care manager. Be sure to access the Mental Health Resources page on this website, and check out the National Center for PTSD.
Please join us in shedding light on this condition, and encouraging those who need help to seek it!
The Seattle Seahawks’ 2014 Super Bowl Champions trophy — the Lombardi trophy — is touring military bases throughout the Northwest region. Recently, a Navy Wounded Warrior — Safe Harbor enrollee, Coast Guard Boatswain’s Mate 2nd Class Jerry Hirtzel, got an opportunity to pose alongside it. What a great shot!
Last week, Navy Wounded Warrior (NWW) — Safe Harbor hosted its regional advisory board meeting and annual training, which brought together staff and stakeholders from across the country to discuss the most pressing issues in the field of wounded warrior care. On Thursday, Navy Vice Admiral William French, commander, Navy Installations Command (CNIC), addressed those at the training. He emphasized that CNIC, NWW’s command, is deeply commited to assisting seriously wounded, ill and injured service members, and he thanked attendees for their hard work on behalf of those who need it most. It was an enriching and eye-opening week!
The 2014 Wounded Warrior Team Navy Trials concluded Saturday, June 7, culminating in a wonderful celebration of the wounded warrior athletes and their families. Be sure to visit the event page to access the results from the trials. Also, stay connected (via Facebook and Twitter (@navysafeharbor)) to learn more about the final Team Navy roster, as well as the events in which the athletes will compete. Go Team Navy!
The 2014 Wounded Warrior Team Navy Trials (#TeamNavy) will kick off June 1 at Naval Station Norfolk. If you are in the area, please stop by! Be sure to check out the page on this website dedicated to the event — it features an event program and the latest schedule (which may change occasionally due to inclement weather). Check in regularly for the latest news and information; you also are encouraged to learn more about the event by following us on Facebook (www.facebook.com/navysafeharbor). Additionally, you may want to download the FREE Eventbase smart phone application; search “Navy WG Trials” to get an updated schedule and directions at your fingertips all week long!
See you in the stands!
The Northwest’s Armed Forces Iron Chef competition took place May 10 at Olympic College’s Bremer Student Lounge. It was the 22nd annual event, and, this year, it was themed “Navy Wounded Warrior (NWW) — Safe Harbor.” Two NWW enrollees were special guest judges for the pie competition. Another enrollee competed in the hors d’oeuvres competition… and won first place! Well done!