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 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!
Navy Wounded Warrior — Safe Harbor recently released the seventh edition of its Wounded Warrior Family Newsletter; this edition is focused on military caregiver support. As usual, there are several different versions of the newsletter, which include region-specific information and resources. Check out the current and past editions today!
We are less than one month away from the kick off of the 2014 Wounded Warrior Team Navy Trials in Norfolk, Va! It will be the largest adaptive athletics event ever hosted by the Navy. More than 70 seriously wounded, ill and injured Sailors and Coast Guardsmen will battle for a spot on Team Navy 2014. Most importantly, they will reach another milestone along their path to recovery and enjoy a week of camaraderie and friendly competition.
Learn more now! If you live in the Norfolk area, be sure to stop by to cheer on the wounded warrior athletes!
Navy Wounded Warrior (NWW) — Safe Harbor has released the sixth edition of the Wounded Warrior Family Newsletter (its first edition in 2014). There are seven different versions of the newsletter — one for each region in which NWW has staff and enrollees. Each version of the newsletter includes region-specific content, as well as national news and information, that will be very useful to the families and caregivers of seriously wounded, ill and injured service members. This edition pays special attention to summer camps for military children.
Check out your region’s newsletter today (scroll down to March 2014 for the latest edition)! If you have any questions or feedback, please contact NWW Family Programs and Charitable Resources Coordinator Dario Santana at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Retired Coast Guard Lt. Cmdr. Anthony Owens, a Navy Wounded Warrior — Safe Harbor enrollee, received the 2013 Warrior of the Year award Feb. 24 at the Navy Region Northwest Wounded Warrior Family Symposium. The award was created by the Navy Safe Harbor Foundation to recognize a recovering service member who personifies the term “warrior,” demonstrating bravery and determination.
Owens discovered he had Almyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) Disease in October 2010 while stationed in Alameda, Calif., as the Pacific Area Staff Judge Advocate for the Coast Guard. At time of diagnosis, he was given an 18-month life expectancy; after receiving a second opinion, his prognosis was extended to anywhere between three to five years. He transferred to the Coast Guard District 13 Legal Office in Seattle to be closer to his extended family. He and his wife Sherri have a daughter, Samantha Sarah-Jayne Owens. Owens retired from the Coast Guard in November. Sherri is still able to work outside the home while Owens receives 40 hours per week of home healthcare aid through TRICARE. His life’s mission until he passes away is to ensure his family will be fully cared for and to help fellow shipmates who suffer from unexpected illnesses or injuries.
Learn more about the Wounded Warrior Family Symposium.