Combat PTSD and Military Bloggers: Resources Online

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.

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2 responses

  1. Thanks Kiersten. This will be the first war where half of the troops serving were from the guard and reserve.

    Patrick Kennedy mentioned to me last evening that before the troops are released from service they are given the choice to be screened, but told it will be another month before they can see their families.

    As expected the troops waive their rights to VA care and are on their own afterwards.

    That sickens me and it should all your readers. As a Marine vet with service during Desert Storm and working in Family Readiness to help with transitioning back into the civilian world I can tell you the decompression differs from person to person and it is hardest on non-active duty because the support network differs.

    In addition, this is the first US military where many of these folks had families and jobs and businesses that were disrupted compared to most 17 – 25 year olds where many go straight into bootcamp and war without the other obligations.

    This is and will continue to be a community issue for a very long time to come. This is REALLY when we need to support our troops.

    Thanks for beginning the dialogue.

  2. The other day I met a young kid, an Army Reservist, that just completed a tour in Baghdad.

    By his gestures and demeanor, I just knew.

    When it comes to war, most wounds are not physical.

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