Carl Sheeler reminded me of a topic I have been meaning to post on for some time: combat PTSD. More specifically, I would like to direct you to an excellent weblog dedicated solely to the topic: it is called PTSD Combat Weblog. The author’s bio tells you where she is coming from:
Ilona is an independent Illinois-based online writer and researcher. After reading of a decorated soldier’s lost battle with PTSD in 2005 (he killed himself shortly after returning home from Iraq), she decided to pursue the under-reported topic.
Ilona’s blog is an example of how blogs are culling and providing information in ways that are unprecented in their helpfulness. Her blog has amassed and organized information on PTSD recovery, social activism, and personal accounts, among other topics. She also has a great sidebar of helplines for veterans and resources for dealing with PTSD.
On a different angle regarding our troops, David alerted me to this article on blogs by active military. The article contains links to several of the most popular military blogs. This is another way in which blogs are changing the way the world communicates. This is a complex issue for the military, since wartime activity is frequently supposed to be classified. But some of these blogs may be helping raise awareness, both within the military and with the general public, about reality from the frontlines.