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THE WAR AGAINST PTSD STARTS NOW!

(Post Traumatic Stress Disorder)

This website was created in the memory of our beloved Hero, SPC Joshua Omvig of the 339th MP Company, who was born in Wyoming on November 18, 1983 to proud parents, Randy and Ellen Omvig, and left a hole in his families hearts when he passed on December 22, 2005 at the age of 22 at his home in Iowa.

We will forever love and remember him.

We will NOT REST until NO LIFE IS EVER LOST TO THIS DEMON DISORDER... IT IS TREATABLE! IT IS PREVENTABLE!

We were BLESSED to be informed that THIS SITE SAVED A LIFE in it's FIRST MONTH!

YOU can SAVE A HUMAN LIFE... yes YOU!!! It's as easy as sharing this site with EVERYONE you know, and asking them to do the same... NOW!

...Read on....

Josh, rest now, go to the light.. we will continue to carry your torch....We LOVE YOU...

Love,Your Family

For PTSD INFORMATION, RESOURCES, AND SUPPORT CLICKS on the LINK BELOW:

http://www.posttraumaticstressdisordermilitary.com

http://groups.msn.com/PostTraumaticStressD...derMilitaryINFO

##################################################

#### Josh's Story ####

>>THE SHOT HEARD AROUND THE WORLD<<

Josh was a Proud American, an American Hero and a member of the United States Army Reserve 339th MP Company based in Davenport, Iowa. He recently returned from an 11 month tour of duty in Iraq, fighting for his country and it's people in "Operation Iraqi Freedom." Josh was a PROUD member of the Grundy Center American Lutheran Church, the Grundy Center Volunteer Fire Department, and the Grundy Center Police Reserves.

Josh insisted on graduating early from high school after joining the reserves at just 17 years of age. He was so excited about his future, he wanted to get into basic training as fast as he could....He had wanted, his whole life to be a police officer, and to serve and protect his country, and the citizens of his country, America. The Army Reserves was his ticket to achieving that dream.

......then came 911, The War Against Terror, Operation Iraqi Freedom, and Iraq.

While serving is duty in Iraq for an 11 month "tour" the conditions where unimaginable, and worse yet were the UNSPEAKABLE "jobs" and "duties" they had to do.

Josh was a proud American, loved his country, and was proud to defend her and the freedoms of it's people. He knew why he had to do the things he and others did, he was just never able to recover from having seen and done them.

He came home a year ago with PTSD (POST TRAUMATIC STRESS DISORDER) and was never the same.

Josh's "DEBRIEFING" consisted of 15 minutes of "Welcome Home, Got any Problems? No? Great, See Ya"

THIS IS COMMON AMONG OUR RETURNING NATIONAL GUARD AND RESERVE UNITS!

THIS IS NOT EVEN THEIR PROTOCOL (rules) FOR DEBRIEFING! IT'S KILLING OUR KIDS WHAT THEY ARE DOING (OR NOT DOING)

We knew Josh was having a hard time, but not in ANY way to the extent it REALLY was. We surely didn't know it had a name, or that it was an epidemic with our American Heroes in and returning from Iraq.

We knew there was such a thing as PTSD, but it just never "clicked" that THIS was what was happening to our Josh!..Josh was the clown, the one with the smile, the one who made others feel better. He hid the magnitude this disorder had on him very well.

On Thurs. Dec. 22, 2005, just six weeks ago, our Josh took his life after leaving a note explaining his torment.

Through the course of Josh's viewing and funeral (attended by an overflow crowd of over 500), his family was made aware there were others suffering the same disorder, in silence, like Josh had.

While sitting in the Emergency Room for ONE HOUR with their dead son's body, being asked and explained about ORGAN DONATION, the nurse got off the phone with University Hospital in Iowa City and told Josh's parents that despite Josh's request to have his organs donated that "OH, I'M SORRY, WE FORGOT THAT HE CAN'T DONATE BECAUSE HE WAS IN THE MID EAST. HE HAS A VIRUS." When asked "WHAT Virus", they were 'put off' an never responded to. When BEGGED by Josh's parents to TEST him to SEE if he had a VIRUS "just in case he COULD DONATE".. They just said "WE WON'T CHECK ANY BODY, EVERYBODY FROM THE MID EAST HAS GOT IT"...it's a blanket policy!!

*note* We are still trying to get SOMEONE to tell us WHAT THIS VIRUS IS! And have since found out that RADIATION (DEPLETED URANIUM) is also a "EVERYBODY from the Mid East HAS IT!"

WARNING THE SITE BELOW IS GRAPHIC WITH HORRENDOUS PHOTOS OF CHILDREN BORN WITH THE BIRTH DEFECTS CAUSED BY DEPLETED URANIUM EXPOSURE IN IRAQ...DO NOT LET CHILDREN OR ANYONE UNDER 18 VIEW IT!!!!

(but it's necessary to accompany the written statements on this site with FACTS):

http://www.globalresearch.ca/index.php?con...&articleId=1777

What will this do to those who survive? What about them having children? What about? What about? WE WANT ANSWERS AND THEY WON'T TALK TO US!~!!!

Since then, his family and I (Josh's Aunt Julie) have been doing TONS of research on PTSD and how our Military Heroes are having to deal with it as well as the problems they are facing with getting PROPER treatment. We have been searching the internet to find other Vets out there struggling, other families and loved ones devastated by PTSD... on message boards, email groups, military news groups, newspaper articles, tv news reports, etc....

there are THOUSANDS!!!

Josh never sought out help. We've also since learned it's very hard for our soldiers to talk about it.. period, let alone seek help! They are AFRAID TO!

STUDY:

Less Than Half of Soldiers With Mental Health Problems Seek Treatment

"For all returning soldiers, there were strong correlations between being shot at, handling dead bodies, knowing someone who was killed, or killing the enemy and the subsequent development of PTSD. And yet of those who met the criteria for a mental disorder, only 38% to 45% expressed an interest in receiving help, and only 23% to 40% reported receiving help in the past year. The participants who screened positive for a mental disorder were the least likely to seek treatment because of a fear of stigmatization, harming their careers, or other barriers."

Adobe Reader Required to View This Study:

http://www.iraqwarveterans.org/readjustment_deployment.htm

>>>This needs to change<<<

"Another Army study, published in The New England Journal of Medicine , found that 17 percent of U.S. combat troops, including Army and Marines, experienced major depression and combat stress, the highest rate since Vietnam."

"Just one-fourth to less than half of those with post-traumatic stress disorder sought help, according to the Army study. And some 65 percent of those questioned said they worry that if they asked for help, it would make them look weak or affect their military careers."

(From the Dallas News December 3, 2005)

The government won't give them REAL help unless they are completely incapacitated (unable to work/function)...this is not the case in almost all I've met/seen. They are nearly all functioning...but in HELL.

One Wife's TRAGIC Story (click link below):

http://www.politicalcortex.com/story/2005/12/22/141235/16

or

http://veterans.house.gov/hearings/schedul...5f/spelkey.html

Chairman Steve Buyer (R-IN) said in that hearing:

“We have, since the days when it was called ‘shell shock’, learned much about PTSD,” said Buyer, who identified access to care as a problem for returning servicemembers. “We have much more to learn so that we can accurately diagnose it and effectively treat it. Congress must ensure VA has the resources to do both.”

Results from that Hearing:

An amendment to the Tax Relief Act of 2005, aimed to allocate an additional $500 million for post-traumatic stress disorder [PTSD] and substance abuse counseling for returning Vets.

IT WAS VOTED DOWN!

BUT THEY DID OK $ 45,980,000 of your tax dollars for things like THIS:

$1 million to preserve a sewer in Trenton, NJ, as a historic monument....read more:

http://www.areddy.net/mscott/porkabs.html

and this:

http://www.areddy.net/mscott/porkpri.html

worse yet? There's more:

http://www.akdart.com/abu7.html

OUR AMERICAN VETS ARE SUFFERING, IT'S FAR BIGGER THAN JUST ONE STORY! HERE ARE MORE:

The photo of the ‘Marlboro Man’ in Fallujah became a symbol of the Iraq conflict when it ran in newspapers across America in 2004. The man in the photograph is James Blake Miller, now 21, and suffering from PTSD, Military Related...his story:

http://tinyurl.com/e34x6

Andrew Murphy, who developed PTSD after serving with the armed forces in Bosnia in 1993, hopes this will mean others get the help that he found it difficult to receive. read more:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/health/4373607.stm

"Some of what I’ve learned about this disorder pertains to all PTSD sufferers, but most of what I’ve learned pertains to the trauma of war. I am a Vietnam Veteran. I flew Cobra Gunships in Vietnam. After a recent episode in which I had been turned into a babbling, stuttering idiot and locked up at the local Veterans Hospital" read more:

http://www.mnwelldir.org/docs/mental_health/ptsd.htm

23-year-old Jesus Bocanegra spent four and a half years in the military, including a year as a cavalry scout in Iraq. He’s now out of the military and living with his family in the town of Elsep in South Texas. But the war is still with him, so much so that he’s been treated for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. He shares this story. read more:

http://www.youthradio.org/reflections/npr051123_ptsd.shtml

When scientists study the psychiatric injuries of war, they usually study it in men. But now more women are coming back from Iraq with Posttraumatic Stress Disorder. Abbie Pickett of the Wisconsin National Guard faces a continuing struggle to get her life back on track. read more:http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=4676372

"Vietnam War for combat veteran Edward (Robbie) Robinson was leaning over a 19-year old kid with a chest wound received in combat near the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ). "Don't let me die! I want my mom!" he cried. Robinson, of the 3rd Division, 9th Marines, knew there was nothing he could do. So he cradled him in his arms, gently murmuring, "it's okay, mommy's here." When he died, "the best part of me died with him," Robinson said. "To this day, I tell my wife, and she understands it, that I can never be close to her in an act of love the way I was holding that kid in my arms!"

read more:

http://www.burningofthemarriagehat.com/ptsd.html

And there are TENS OF THOUSANDS MORE STORIES

(we will post more links to them here each week)!

MORE HEROES LOST TOO SOON TO THIS DISORDER:

http://domcampisi.memory-of.com/About.aspx

http://www.becky-marseglia.memory-of.com/

http://steven-logan.memory-of.com/about.aspx

http://suicideandmentalhealthassociationin...emorialday.html

http://www.afterdowningstreet.org/?q=node/6886

Heartbreakingly, there are HUNDREDS MORE to be added (we will add more here each week)

>>>PLEASE KNOW<<<

We, Josh's family are NOT Anti-President, Anti-Government, Anti-War, or Anti- ANYTHING BUT...

ANTI-POST TRAUMATIC STRESS DISORDER

We do not wish to make this site a political forum, we all have the freedom (because our Vets fought for it) to choose and voice our opinions. But please keep THIS site about PTSD and FACTS about it.

*HERE ARE THE FACTS*

*ONE IN SIX Iraqi war vets are suffering from this disorder!

http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/shows/heart/view/

*OUR VETS ARE NOT GETTING THE HELP THEY NEED even when hospitalized!

http://www.catholicpeacefellowship.org/nextpage.asp?m=2110

*More than a MILLION came home from Vietnam with it!

*58,000 plus died in the Vietnam War. Over 150,000 have committed suicide due to PTSD since the war ended".

http://www.suicidewall.com/SWStats.html

*Researchers feel there may be a link to the malaria drug they are taking in Iraq (which has a side effect of causing suicidal thoughts!).

*THERE NEED TO BE IMMEDIATE CHANGES IN HOW THE VA IS HANDLING THESE CASES

http://www.vva.org/TheVeteran/2004_03/feature_VA.htm

* TOO MANY SOLDIERS GET TURNED AWAY FROM THE VA DUE TO GOVERNMENT "LACK OF FUNDS"

http://www.house.gov/defazio/102005VARelease.shtml

*WHAT HELP THEY DO GET FROM THE VA IS A NIGHTMARE AND DISGRACE!

http://vva899.org/_wsn/page5.html

*Approximately 8 percent of all adults – one of 13 people in this country – will develop PTSD during their lifetime.

*There are no borders when it comes to PTSD, all of our ALLIES and their brave Heroes in the "War Against Terror" are vulnerable to this disorder!

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/4632263.stm

http://www.afterdowningstreet.org/?q=node/7135

*"Puget Sound PTSD specialists call the disorder one of the "hidden wounds of war." It can't be stitched up, earns no Purple Heart and can fester over a lifetime.

*"The specialists predict the trickle of affected soldiers from Iraq now coming into clinics will turn into a flood, with serious consequences for strained Veterans Affairs budgets and for taxpayers who foot disability bills."

*"We hear about the thousands of injuries -- brain injuries, leg injuries, arm injuries -- but rarely do we hear about the psychological casualties in war," said PTSD expert Dr. Evan Kanter, a neuroscientist and staff psychiatrist at the Veterans Affairs Puget Sound Health Care System in Seattle"

*"There will be tens of thousands of these, and the cost of that will be tremendous."

***************************************

If you or someone you love suspects you may be suffering from PTSD

*ITS NOT YOUR FAULT, YOU ARE NOT CRAZY AND YOU SHOULD NOT HIDE THE FACT YOU ARE HAVING PROBLEMS. RECENT STUDIES HAVE PROVED THE SUSCEPTIBILITY OF THIS DISORDER (WHY ONE GETS IT AND ANOTHER DOESN'T) IS AS SIMPLY EXPLAINED AS BEING RIGHT HANDED OR LEFT HANDED!! ALL PEOPLE ARE RIGHT OR LEFT BRAINED AND THE STUDY PROVES RIGHT BRAINED PEOPLE BY FAR ARE MORE LIKELY TO DEVELOP PTSD AFTER TRAUMA!

http://www.abc.net.au/quantum/scripts98/9813/mindscpt.htm

*CONCUSSIVE SYNDROME (HEAD TRAUMA, EAR DAMAGE, ETC.) CAN AND DOES LEAD TO POST TRAUMATIC STRESS DISORDER BUT PTSD SUFFERERS ARE NOT BEING TREATED FOR IT!

THE WAR AGAINST PTSD STARTS NOW!

(Post Traumatic Stress Disorder)

This website was created in the memory of our beloved Hero, SPC Joshua Omvig of the 339th MP Company, who was born in Wyoming on November 18, 1983 to proud parents, Randy and Ellen Omvig, and left a hole in his families hearts when he passed on December 22, 2005 at the age of 22 at his home in Iowa.

We will forever love and remember him.

We will NOT REST until NO LIFE IS EVER LOST TO THIS DEMON DISORDER... IT IS TREATABLE! IT IS PREVENTABLE!

We were BLESSED to be informed that THIS SITE SAVED A LIFE in it's FIRST MONTH!

YOU can SAVE A HUMAN LIFE... yes YOU!!! It's as easy as sharing this site with EVERYONE you know, and asking them to do the same... NOW!

...Read on....

Josh, rest now, go to the light.. we will continue to carry your torch....We LOVE YOU...

Love,Your Family

For PTSD INFORMATION, RESOURCES, AND SUPPORT CLICKS on the LINK BELOW:

http://www.posttraumaticstressdisordermilitary.com

http://groups.msn.com/PostTraumaticStressD...derMilitaryINFO

##################################################

#### Josh's Story ####

>>THE SHOT HEARD AROUND THE WORLD<<

Josh was a Proud American, an American Hero and a member of the United States Army Reserve 339th MP Company based in Davenport, Iowa. He recently returned from an 11 month tour of duty in Iraq, fighting for his country and it's people in "Operation Iraqi Freedom." Josh was a PROUD member of the Grundy Center American Lutheran Church, the Grundy Center Volunteer Fire Department, and the Grundy Center Police Reserves.

Josh insisted on graduating early from high school after joining the reserves at just 17 years of age. He was so excited about his future, he wanted to get into basic training as fast as he could....He had wanted, his whole life to be a police officer, and to serve and protect his country, and the citizens of his country, America. The Army Reserves was his ticket to achieving that dream.

......then came 911, The War Against Terror, Operation Iraqi Freedom, and Iraq.

While serving is duty in Iraq for an 11 month "tour" the conditions where unimaginable, and worse yet were the UNSPEAKABLE "jobs" and "duties" they had to do.

Josh was a proud American, loved his country, and was proud to defend her and the freedoms of it's people. He knew why he had to do the things he and others did, he was just never able to recover from having seen and done them.

He came home a year ago with PTSD (POST TRAUMATIC STRESS DISORDER) and was never the same.

Josh's "DEBRIEFING" consisted of 15 minutes of "Welcome Home, Got any Problems? No? Great, See Ya"

THIS IS COMMON AMONG OUR RETURNING NATIONAL GUARD AND RESERVE UNITS!

THIS IS NOT EVEN THEIR PROTOCOL (rules) FOR DEBRIEFING! IT'S KILLING OUR KIDS WHAT THEY ARE DOING (OR NOT DOING)

We knew Josh was having a hard time, but not in ANY way to the extent it REALLY was. We surely didn't know it had a name, or that it was an epidemic with our American Heroes in and returning from Iraq.

We knew there was such a thing as PTSD, but it just never "clicked" that THIS was what was happening to our Josh!..Josh was the clown, the one with the smile, the one who made others feel better. He hid the magnitude this disorder had on him very well.

On Thurs. Dec. 22, 2005, just six weeks ago, our Josh took his life after leaving a note explaining his torment.

Through the course of Josh's viewing and funeral (attended by an overflow crowd of over 500), his family was made aware there were others suffering the same disorder, in silence, like Josh had.

While sitting in the Emergency Room for ONE HOUR with their dead son's body, being asked and explained about ORGAN DONATION, the nurse got off the phone with University Hospital in Iowa City and told Josh's parents that despite Josh's request to have his organs donated that "OH, I'M SORRY, WE FORGOT THAT HE CAN'T DONATE BECAUSE HE WAS IN THE MID EAST. HE HAS A VIRUS." When asked "WHAT Virus", they were 'put off' an never responded to. When BEGGED by Josh's parents to TEST him to SEE if he had a VIRUS "just in case he COULD DONATE".. They just said "WE WON'T CHECK ANY BODY, EVERYBODY FROM THE MID EAST HAS GOT IT"...it's a blanket policy!!

*note* We are still trying to get SOMEONE to tell us WHAT THIS VIRUS IS! And have since found out that RADIATION (DEPLETED URANIUM) is also a "EVERYBODY from the Mid East HAS IT!"

WARNING THE SITE BELOW IS GRAPHIC WITH HORRENDOUS PHOTOS OF CHILDREN BORN WITH THE BIRTH DEFECTS CAUSED BY DEPLETED URANIUM EXPOSURE IN IRAQ...DO NOT LET CHILDREN OR ANYONE UNDER 18 VIEW IT!!!!

(but it's necessary to accompany the written statements on this site with FACTS):

http://www.globalresearch.ca/index.php?con...&articleId=1777

What will this do to those who survive? What about them having children? What about? What about? WE WANT ANSWERS AND THEY WON'T TALK TO US!~!!!

Since then, his family and I (Josh's Aunt Julie) have been doing TONS of research on PTSD and how our Military Heroes are having to deal with it as well as the problems they are facing with getting PROPER treatment. We have been searching the internet to find other Vets out there struggling, other families and loved ones devastated by PTSD... on message boards, email groups, military news groups, newspaper articles, tv news reports, etc....

there are THOUSANDS!!!

Josh never sought out help. We've also since learned it's very hard for our soldiers to talk about it.. period, let alone seek help! They are AFRAID TO!

STUDY:

Less Than Half of Soldiers With Mental Health Problems Seek Treatment

"For all returning soldiers, there were strong correlations between being shot at, handling dead bodies, knowing someone who was killed, or killing the enemy and the subsequent development of PTSD. And yet of those who met the criteria for a mental disorder, only 38% to 45% expressed an interest in receiving help, and only 23% to 40% reported receiving help in the past year. The participants who screened positive for a mental disorder were the least likely to seek treatment because of a fear of stigmatization, harming their careers, or other barriers."

Adobe Reader Required to View This Study:

http://www.iraqwarveterans.org/readjustment_deployment.htm

>>>This needs to change<<<

"Another Army study, published in The New England Journal of Medicine , found that 17 percent of U.S. combat troops, including Army and Marines, experienced major depression and combat stress, the highest rate since Vietnam."

"Just one-fourth to less than half of those with post-traumatic stress disorder sought help, according to the Army study. And some 65 percent of those questioned said they worry that if they asked for help, it would make them look weak or affect their military careers."

(From the Dallas News December 3, 2005)

The government won't give them REAL help unless they are completely incapacitated (unable to work/function)...this is not the case in almost all I've met/seen. They are nearly all functioning...but in HELL.

One Wife's TRAGIC Story (click link below):

http://www.politicalcortex.com/story/2005/12/22/141235/16

or

http://veterans.house.gov/hearings/schedul...5f/spelkey.html

Chairman Steve Buyer (R-IN) said in that hearing:

“We have, since the days when it was called ‘shell shock’, learned much about PTSD,” said Buyer, who identified access to care as a problem for returning servicemembers. “We have much more to learn so that we can accurately diagnose it and effectively treat it. Congress must ensure VA has the resources to do both.”

Results from that Hearing:

An amendment to the Tax Relief Act of 2005, aimed to allocate an additional $500 million for post-traumatic stress disorder [PTSD] and substance abuse counseling for returning Vets.

IT WAS VOTED DOWN!

BUT THEY DID OK $ 45,980,000 of your tax dollars for things like THIS:

$1 million to preserve a sewer in Trenton, NJ, as a historic monument....read more:

http://www.areddy.net/mscott/porkabs.html

and this:

http://www.areddy.net/mscott/porkpri.html

worse yet? There's more:

http://www.akdart.com/abu7.html

OUR AMERICAN VETS ARE SUFFERING, IT'S FAR BIGGER THAN JUST ONE STORY! HERE ARE MORE:

The photo of the ‘Marlboro Man’ in Fallujah became a symbol of the Iraq conflict when it ran in newspapers across America in 2004. The man in the photograph is James Blake Miller, now 21, and suffering from PTSD, Military Related...his story:

http://tinyurl.com/e34x6

Andrew Murphy, who developed PTSD after serving with the armed forces in Bosnia in 1993, hopes this will mean others get the help that he found it difficult to receive. read more:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/health/4373607.stm

"Some of what I’ve learned about this disorder pertains to all PTSD sufferers, but most of what I’ve learned pertains to the trauma of war. I am a Vietnam Veteran. I flew Cobra Gunships in Vietnam. After a recent episode in which I had been turned into a babbling, stuttering idiot and locked up at the local Veterans Hospital" read more:

http://www.mnwelldir.org/docs/mental_health/ptsd.htm

23-year-old Jesus Bocanegra spent four and a half years in the military, including a year as a cavalry scout in Iraq. He’s now out of the military and living with his family in the town of Elsep in South Texas. But the war is still with him, so much so that he’s been treated for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. He shares this story. read more:

http://www.youthradio.org/reflections/npr051123_ptsd.shtml

When scientists study the psychiatric injuries of war, they usually study it in men. But now more women are coming back from Iraq with Posttraumatic Stress Disorder. Abbie Pickett of the Wisconsin National Guard faces a continuing struggle to get her life back on track. read more:http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=4676372

"Vietnam War for combat veteran Edward (Robbie) Robinson was leaning over a 19-year old kid with a chest wound received in combat near the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ). "Don't let me die! I want my mom!" he cried. Robinson, of the 3rd Division, 9th Marines, knew there was nothing he could do. So he cradled him in his arms, gently murmuring, "it's okay, mommy's here." When he died, "the best part of me died with him," Robinson said. "To this day, I tell my wife, and she understands it, that I can never be close to her in an act of love the way I was holding that kid in my arms!"

read more:

http://www.burningofthemarriagehat.com/ptsd.html

And there are TENS OF THOUSANDS MORE STORIES

(we will post more links to them here each week)!

MORE HEROES LOST TOO SOON TO THIS DISORDER:

http://domcampisi.memory-of.com/About.aspx

http://www.becky-marseglia.memory-of.com/

http://steven-logan.memory-of.com/about.aspx

http://suicideandmentalhealthassociationin...emorialday.html

http://www.afterdowningstreet.org/?q=node/6886

Heartbreakingly, there are HUNDREDS MORE to be added (we will add more here each week)

>>>PLEASE KNOW<<<

We, Josh's family are NOT Anti-President, Anti-Government, Anti-War, or Anti- ANYTHING BUT...

ANTI-POST TRAUMATIC STRESS DISORDER

We do not wish to make this site a political forum, we all have the freedom (because our Vets fought for it) to choose and voice our opinions. But please keep THIS site about PTSD and FACTS about it.

*HERE ARE THE FACTS*

*ONE IN SIX Iraqi war vets are suffering from this disorder!

http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/shows/heart/view/

*OUR VETS ARE NOT GETTING THE HELP THEY NEED even when hospitalized!

http://www.catholicpeacefellowship.org/nextpage.asp?m=2110

*More than a MILLION came home from Vietnam with it!

*58,000 plus died in the Vietnam War. Over 150,000 have committed suicide due to PTSD since the war ended".

http://www.suicidewall.com/SWStats.html

*Researchers feel there may be a link to the malaria drug they are taking in Iraq (which has a side effect of causing suicidal thoughts!).

*THERE NEED TO BE IMMEDIATE CHANGES IN HOW THE VA IS HANDLING THESE CASES

http://www.vva.org/TheVeteran/2004_03/feature_VA.htm

* TOO MANY SOLDIERS GET TURNED AWAY FROM THE VA DUE TO GOVERNMENT "LACK OF FUNDS"

http://www.house.gov/defazio/102005VARelease.shtml

*WHAT HELP THEY DO GET FROM THE VA IS A NIGHTMARE AND DISGRACE!

http://vva899.org/_wsn/page5.html

*Approximately 8 percent of all adults – one of 13 people in this country – will develop PTSD during their lifetime.

*There are no borders when it comes to PTSD, all of our ALLIES and their brave Heroes in the "War Against Terror" are vulnerable to this disorder!

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/4632263.stm

http://www.afterdowningstreet.org/?q=node/7135

*"Puget Sound PTSD specialists call the disorder one of the "hidden wounds of war." It can't be stitched up, earns no Purple Heart and can fester over a lifetime.

*"The specialists predict the trickle of affected soldiers from Iraq now coming into clinics will turn into a flood, with serious consequences for strained Veterans Affairs budgets and for taxpayers who foot disability bills."

*"We hear about the thousands of injuries -- brain injuries, leg injuries, arm injuries -- but rarely do we hear about the psychological casualties in war," said PTSD expert Dr. Evan Kanter, a neuroscientist and staff psychiatrist at the Veterans Affairs Puget Sound Health Care System in Seattle"

*"There will be tens of thousands of these, and the cost of that will be tremendous."

***************************************

If you or someone you love suspects you may be suffering from PTSD

*ITS NOT YOUR FAULT, YOU ARE NOT CRAZY AND YOU SHOULD NOT HIDE THE FACT YOU ARE HAVING PROBLEMS. RECENT STUDIES HAVE PROVED THE SUSCEPTIBILITY OF THIS DISORDER (WHY ONE GETS IT AND ANOTHER DOESN'T) IS AS SIMPLY EXPLAINED AS BEING RIGHT HANDED OR LEFT HANDED!! ALL PEOPLE ARE RIGHT OR LEFT BRAINED AND THE STUDY PROVES RIGHT BRAINED PEOPLE BY FAR ARE MORE LIKELY TO DEVELOP PTSD AFTER TRAUMA!

http://www.abc.net.au/quantum/scripts98/9813/mindscpt.htm

*CONCUSSIVE SYNDROME (HEAD TRAUMA, EAR DAMAGE, ETC.) CAN AND DOES LEAD TO POST TRAUMATIC STRESS DISORDER BUT PTSD SUFFERERS ARE NOT BEING TREATED FOR IT!

http://ajp.psychiatryonline.org/cgi/conten...tract/155/5/625

http://www.salon.com/news/feature/2006/01/...a/index_np.html

RIGHT NOW, THIS MINUTE, JOIN ONE OF THE SUPPORT GROUPS LISTED ON THIS PAGE! THERE ARE TONS OF PEOPLE AND FELLOW VETS THERE THAT CAN HELP YOU...THAT IS THE FIRST STEP!

*****************************************

*YOU CAN HELP!

JOIN THE WAR AGAINST PTSD

A WORLDWIDE EPIDEMIC!

Mathew 25:40 The King will reply, 'I tell you, whenever you did this for one of the least important of these followers of mine, you did it for me!'

Now that you know, the torch is in YOUR hands

Our Heroes are fighting for YOUR freedoms, HELP THEM FIGHT FOR THEIRS

Before this is over, EVERY ONE OF YOU will be touched in someway by this disorder. If not in your family, then in someone's family YOU KNOW. The statistics PROVE IT!

WHAT CAN YOU DO?

As little as forwarding this website to everyone you know and asking them to do the same. Add the LINK to this website to your signature line with "SAVE A LIFE TODAY" ahead of it. Send the story/link out to EVERY newsgroup, email group, you are on. Post it to every MESSAGE BOARD you frequent. HELP US SPREAD THE WORD BEFORE ONE MORE HERO PAYS WITH HIS LIFE!...or...BE being willing to JOIN THE WAR AGAINST PTSD by contacting us and seeing how YOU can help.

JUST DO SOMETHING!

SHARE YOUR STORY OR THAT OF YOUR LOVED ONES BY CLICKING THE TRIBUTES AND CONDOLENCES TAB AT THE TOP! OUR ELECTED OFFICIALS ARE READING THIS WEBSITE, TELL THEM WHAT IS HAPPENING!

( BOOKMARK this site or add to your FAVORITES and check back often, be sure to click refresh each time you visit in case your pc "cached" the website to see new updates daily)

We are in the process of writing a detailed petition to present to the President, Congress, Senate and ALL Elected Officials Nation Wide. We will add the link when it's ready)

In the mean time:

>>>>>PLEASE! it will take 5 minutes<<<<<

WRITE YOUR SENATORS AND CONGRESSMEN!

(you can find, click on their email address and write them here)

Congressmen and Senators

http://www.visi.com/juan/congress/

If you don't know what to say, click "email Julie" in the upper right and I will have a pre-constructed letter you can use as a FORM, but PLEASE, change the wording, use it as an outline, but make it personal note, from YOU!

From a Friend:

"Congressmen and Senators

prefer a more personal note from

constiuents. Too many form letters and they tend to disregard them, and I want your message to be heard, it's too important."

so the wording needs to be from YOUR HEART!

GOD BLESS AMERICA AND OUR FIGHTING MEN AND WOMEN

PLEASE TAKE A MINUTE AND LIGHT A CANDLE FOR OUR HERO, JOSH. LET THE CANDLES YOU LIGHT, BEAM FROM THE LIGHTHOUSE OF HEAVEN, AND LIGHT THE WAY HOME FOR OUR HEROES OVERSEAS

(you can do so on the right)

Or click on the Tributes & Condolences Tab and share your thoughts

It means SO MUCH to us to read them!

*NOTE* PEOPLE LEAVING CANDLES AND TRIBUTES! I HAVE NO WAY TO CONTACT YOU UNLESS YOU LEAVE YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS! PLEASE HIT THE "CONTACT JULIE" AT THE TOP RIGHT AND LET ME KNOW HOW TO EMAIL YOU!

Josh is forever loved and survived by his parents, Randy and Ellen, brother Jacob, sister Rachel, and sister in law Olivia.

Josh is also forever loved and survived by Uncles Rick, Russ, Larry, Mark, Barry, Gary, Andy and Wayne.... Aunts Julie, Donna, Michele, Ann, Colleen and Delyth .... Cousins Kent, Nicole, Erin, Ian, Connor, Denise, Dawn, Robin, Stephanie, Brian, Heather, Glen, Demetrius, Amora and Dale....Second Cousins Abi, Madison, Kaitlyn, Victoria, Alexis, Mathew and Danielle...Great Uncles Gene (Bo), and Bob....Great Aunts Marie and JoeAnn and their families along with Grandma Nancy and Grandpa John.

Josh was met and guided to the doors of heaven by Grandpas Julian and William, Grandma Jimmie, Great Grandmas Hester, Mimi, Mabel and Alice, Step Great Grandma Ethel and Great Grandpas Russell, Ernest, and Ulice (Doc).

When you left, you took a piece of our hearts with you Josh

Neverending hugs and thanks to the people of Grundy Center and the surrounding communities. Special thanks to the BCLUW area, BCLUW School District, Students, the Grundy Center Police Dept, Grundy Center Fire Dept, the fine BRAVE members of the 339th MP Company, friends and even strangers for the love and support they've shown Josh's family and continue to show to this day.

We love you!

This site is dedicated to Josh, and will become an information site for other brave men and women defending our country suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), for their families and friends to find the help and supports they need. The goal is to prevent this from EVER happening to anyone else and their familes.

Rest in Peace Our Sweet Josh, we have the torch now!

To find support and connect with other military men, women dealing with PTSD or families of vets suffering from PTSD go here:

This support group is manned by Josh's family:

http://health.groups.yahoo.com/group/PTSD_Military/

Other Support Groups ( personally checked out and recommended by Josh's Aunt Julie) for Vets and Families dealing with PTSD can be found here:

http://health.groups.yahoo.com/group/combatvetswithptsd/

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/war-caused-ptsd/

http://groups.msn.com/AftermathofwarcopingwithPTSDtoo

http://health.groups.yahoo.com/group/PTSD_...upport_Network/

To connect with other families and loved ones of Military Men and Women who have lost their battle with PTSD go here:

This support group is manned by Josh's family:

http://health.groups.yahoo.com/group/SLOOMS/

>>>>JOIN<<<<

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LET YOUR VOICES BE HEARD!

VOLUNTEER TO HELP LOCALLY OR AT THE NATIONAL RALLY AT 8am (est) ON APRIL 26, 2006

I'M HELPING, SO SHOULD YOU!

CLICK BELOW TO DONATE THE $10.00 THEY SO DESPERATELY NEED TO GET THIS OFF THE GROUND (FOR FLYERS ETC) AND VOLUNTEER TO HELP!

http://www.vetmarch2006.com/

MOTORCYCLE RIDERS UNITE FOR OUR HEROES!

JOIN OR SUPPORT YOUR LOCAL PATRIOT GUARD RIDERS!!

(Keeping Funerals FREE FROM ANTI-WAR PROTESTERS so our BRAVE HEROES can be laid to rest in PEACE by shielding the mourning family and friends from interruptions created by any protestor or group of protestors through strictly legal and non-violent means)

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Our main mission is to attend the funeral services of fallen American heroes as invited guests of the family. Each mission we undertake has two basic objectives.

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++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

The soldier stood and faced God,

Which must always come to pass.

He hoped his shoes were shining,

Just as brightly as his brass.

"Step forward now, you soldier,

How shall I deal with you?

Have you always turned the other cheek?

To My Church have you been true?"

The soldier squared his shoulders and said,

"No, Lord, I guess I ain't.

Because those of us who carry guns,

Can't always be a saint. I've had to work most Sundays,

And at times my talk was tough.

And sometimes I've been violent, Because the world is awfully rough.

But, I never took a penny,

That wasn't mine to keep...

Though I worked a lot of overtime,

When the bills got just too steep.

And I never passed a cry for help,

Though at times I shook with fear.

And sometimes, God, forgive me,

I've wept unmanly tears.

I know I don't deserve a place,

Among the people here.

They never wanted me around,

Except to calm their fears.

If you've a place for me here, Lord,

It needn't be so grand.

I never expected or had too much,

But if you don't, I'll understand.

There was a silence all around the throne,

Where the saints had often trod.

As the soldier waited quietly,

For the judgment of his God.

"Step forward now, you soldier,

You've borne your burdens well.

Walk peacefully on Heaven's streets,

You've done your time in Hell."

Author Unknown

It's the Soldier, not the reporter who has given us the freedom of the

press.

It's the Soldier, not the poet, who has given us the freedom of speech.

It's the Soldier, not the politicians that ensures our right to Life,

Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness.

It's the Soldier who salutes the flag, who serves beneath the flag, and

whose coffin is draped by the flag.

Come With Me

God saw that you were suffering

and a cure was not to be,

So He put His arms around you

and whispered, "Come with me".

Through tear filled eyes

we watched you suffer

and slowly fade away.

Although we loved you deeply,

we could not make you stay.

A golden heart stopped beating,

Hard working hands were put to rest.

God broke our hearts to prove to us

He only takes the best.

This was a wonderful email sent from the Mother of a lost child. It so explains "it all" (from the families point of view):

I am not strong.I âm just numb. When you tell me

I am strong, I feel that you don't see me.

I will not recover. This is not a cold or the

flu. I'm not sick. I'm grieving and that's different.

I will not always be grieving as intensely,

but I will never forget my loved one and rather

than recover, I want to incorporate his life and love

into the rest of my life. That person is part of me and

always will be, and sometimes I will remember him

with joy and other times with a tear. Both are okay.

I don't have to accept the death. Yes, I have to

understand that it has happened and it is real,

but there are just some things in life that are not

acceptable.

Please don't avoid me. You can't catch my grief.

My world is painful, and when you are too afraid to

call me or visit or say anything, you isolate me at a

time when I most need to be cared about.

If you don't know what to say, just come over, give me a hug or touch my arm, and gently say, I'm sorry.

You can even say, "I just don't know what to say, but I care, and want you to know that."

Please don't say, "Call me if you need anything"

I'll never call you because I have no idea what I

need. Trying to figure out what you could do for me takes

more energy than I have.

So in advance let me give you some ideas. Bring

food; offer to take my children to a movie or a game so

that I have some moments to myself.

Send me a card on special holidays, birthdays, or the anniversary of the death, and make sure to mention their name.

You can't make me cry. The tears are here and I will love

you for giving me the opportunity to shed them

because someone cared enough about me to reach out on

this difficult day.

Ask me more than once to join you at a movie or lunch or dinner. I may say no at first or even for a while, but please don't give up on me because somewhere down the line, I may be ready, and if you've given up, then I really will be alone.

Virginia A. Simpson

Click here to see Joshua Omvig's Family Tree.

Tributes and Condolences

Wife of a Vet with PTSD who didn't make it / Pat Vaughn

I am so sorry to hear our young soldiers are not getting the help they need. I thought after Viet Nam our Goverment would wise up. My husband Lannie returned from war in Aug. 1972 We married in 1973. He suffered for 31 years. He said he was li... Continue >>

Thanks / Sidney Greenbush (Fan and "Carrie" From "Little House On The Prairie" TV Series )

We can never repay the debt we owe to those that have served so that the rest of us can live free.

All we can do is say thank you and make sure your gift to the free is never forgotten

Rest in Peace

Sidney

*note from Juli... Continue >>

Humble Condolences / Terry Shifflett (comrad in arms )

I am a Desert Storm Vet, totally disabled because of PTSD. many of my fellow vets, as well as myself, know the torment your son was going through. On behalf of US, I Humbly offer our Heart felt condolences.

I went thru, and put my fa... Continue >>

Thank you for your service to our country, Josh. / Ilona Meagher (none)

And thank you to the Omvig family for creating this important website. May you find peace...

"God seemed to have made him just what he was that he might be a blessin... Continue >>

clowning around / Jason Stahl (fellow soldier in the 339th MP Co. )

Josh was always doing goofy things to keep us laughing. He is the kind of guy that you hope you get the chance to hang out with, you could walk into his tent and at anytime you might see something that would make you start laughing and not be able to... Continue >>

our hearts are saddened / Pat White (soldiers angels ) Read >>

Rest in Peace / Carol Ingram Read >>

thanks to soldiers / Donna Wininger (none) Read >>

Condolences / Gene Reinbolt (N/A) Read >>

I'm very touched / Brandi Sugrue Read >>

A POEM OF LIVING WITH PTSD / DAVID DELONG (JUST AN OLD VET ) Read >>

I will do my part / Diane Houston (none) Read >>

So sorry for the loss of Joshua / Gale Reid (GW veteran ) Read >>

I'm so sorry / Carol Read >>

there is help / Karen Mulhollem (PTSD survivors wife ) Read >>

More tributes and condolences...

Click here to pay tribute or offer your condolences

This memorial website was created by Julie Westly on 01/07/2006.

click here to contact Julie

Photo Album

Josh was Loved By: Grandma N, Aunt Donna, Aunt Michele, and sis Rachel

Josh was Loved By: Grandpa John, Mom Ellen, and Cousin Steph

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Site Maintained by Julie Westly, Josh's Aunt fighting the battle of PTSD in his name

Memorial Candles

Dawn Claro lit a candle on 02/04/2006: "My thoughts are prayers to all the family and friends of Josh. May God Bless you all."

Naomi Lucente lit a candle on 02/03/2006: "Our son, LCpl. John Lucente was killed in Iraq on Nov. 16th, 2005 Josh, rest in peace."

Carol Ingram lit a candle on 02/03/2006: "You have no more pain now. We love you and thank you for fighting for us. You are in my prayeres..........Ca-rol."

Ronald Williams lit a candle on 02/03/2006: "Its to bad that you had to face the demond of P.T.S.D. Ihave lived with for more than thirty years. Sorry for your pain."

Sue Cataldo lit a candle on 02/02/2006: "My prayers are with you. Please know Josh didn't mean to hurt anyone The VA just doesn't give a damn, one less check."

Cathy Baker lit a candle on 02/02/2006: "Josh, you'll always be a hero in our eyes. You're in a better place now, free from pain and sorrow."

Paula Hayes lit a candle on 02/02/2006: "My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Your with God now and you are safe...Thank you for what u did!!."

Raymond House lit a candle on 02/02/2006: "Hope to you with god when i get there."

Robin Biernbaum lit a candle on 02/02/2006: "my prayers go out to your family."

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A WORLDWIDE EPIDEMIC!

Mathew 25:40 The King will reply, 'I tell you, whenever you did this for one of the least important of these followers of mine, you did it for me!'

Now that you know, the torch is in YOUR hands

Our Heroes are fighting for YOUR freedoms, HELP THEM FIGHT FOR THEIRS

Before this is over, EVERY ONE OF YOU will be touched in someway by this disorder. If not in your family, then in someone's family YOU KNOW. The statistics PROVE IT!

WHAT CAN YOU DO?

As little as forwarding this website to everyone you know and asking them to do the same. Add the LINK to this website to your signature line with "SAVE A LIFE TODAY" ahead of it. Send the story/link out to EVERY newsgroup, email group, you are on. Post it to every MESSAGE BOARD you frequent. HELP US SPREAD THE WORD BEFORE ONE MORE HERO PAYS WITH HIS LIFE!...or...BE being willing to JOIN THE WAR AGAINST PTSD by contacting us and seeing how YOU can help.

JUST DO SOMETHING!

SHARE YOUR STORY OR THAT OF YOUR LOVED ONES BY CLICKING THE TRIBUTES AND CONDOLENCES TAB AT THE TOP! OUR ELECTED OFFICIALS ARE READING THIS WEBSITE, TELL THEM WHAT IS HAPPENING!

( BOOKMARK this site or add to your FAVORITES and check back often, be sure to click refresh each time you visit in case your pc "cached" the website to see new updates daily)

We are in the process of writing a detailed petition to present to the President, Congress, Senate and ALL Elected Officials Nation Wide. We will add the link when it's ready)

In the mean time:

>>>>>PLEASE! it will take 5 minutes<<<<<

WRITE YOUR SENATORS AND CONGRESSMEN!

(you can find, click on their email address and write them here)

Congressmen and Senators

http://www.visi.com/juan/congress/

If you don't know what to say, click "email Julie" in the upper right and I will have a pre-constructed letter you can use as a FORM, but PLEASE, change the wording, use it as an outline, but make it personal note, from YOU!

From a Friend:

"Congressmen and Senators

prefer a more personal note from

constiuents. Too many form letters and they tend to disregard them, and I want your message to be heard, it's too important."

so the wording needs to be from YOUR HEART!

GOD BLESS AMERICA AND OUR FIGHTING MEN AND WOMEN

PLEASE TAKE A MINUTE AND LIGHT A CANDLE FOR OUR HERO, JOSH. LET THE CANDLES YOU LIGHT, BEAM FROM THE LIGHTHOUSE OF HEAVEN, AND LIGHT THE WAY HOME FOR OUR HEROES OVERSEAS

(you can do so on the right)

Or click on the Tributes & Condolences Tab and share your thoughts

It means SO MUCH to us to read them!

*NOTE* PEOPLE LEAVING CANDLES AND TRIBUTES! I HAVE NO WAY TO CONTACT YOU UNLESS YOU LEAVE YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS! PLEASE HIT THE "CONTACT JULIE" AT THE TOP RIGHT AND LET ME KNOW HOW TO EMAIL YOU!

Josh is forever loved and survived by his parents, Randy and Ellen, brother Jacob, sister Rachel, and sister in law Olivia.

Josh is also forever loved and survived by Uncles Rick, Russ, Larry, Mark, Barry, Gary, Andy and Wayne.... Aunts Julie, Donna, Michele, Ann, Colleen and Delyth .... Cousins Kent, Nicole, Erin, Ian, Connor, Denise, Dawn, Robin, Stephanie, Brian, Heather, Glen, Demetrius, Amora and Dale....Second Cousins Abi, Madison, Kaitlyn, Victoria, Alexis, Mathew and Danielle...Great Uncles Gene (Bo), and Bob....Great Aunts Marie and JoeAnn and their families along with Grandma Nancy and Grandpa John.

Josh was met and guided to the doors of heaven by Grandpas Julian and William, Grandma Jimmie, Great Grandmas Hester, Mimi, Mabel and Alice, Step Great Grandma Ethel and Great Grandpas Russell, Ernest, and Ulice (Doc).

When you left, you took a piece of our hearts with you Josh

Neverending hugs and thanks to the people of Grundy Center and the surrounding communities. Special thanks to the BCLUW area, BCLUW School District, Students, the Grundy Center Police Dept, Grundy Center Fire Dept, the fine BRAVE members of the 339th MP Company, friends and even strangers for the love and support they've shown Josh's family and continue to show to this day.

We love you!

This site is dedicated to Josh, and will become an information site for other brave men and women defending our country suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), for their families and friends to find the help and supports they need. The goal is to prevent this from EVER happening to anyone else and their familes.

Rest in Peace Our Sweet Josh, we have the torch now!

To find support and connect with other military men, women dealing with PTSD or families of vets suffering from PTSD go here:

This support group is manned by Josh's family:

http://health.groups.yahoo.com/group/PTSD_Military/

Other Support Groups ( personally checked out and recommended by Josh's Aunt Julie) for Vets and Families dealing with PTSD can be found here:

http://health.groups.yahoo.com/group/combatvetswithptsd/

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/war-caused-ptsd/

http://groups.msn.com/AftermathofwarcopingwithPTSDtoo

http://health.groups.yahoo.com/group/PTSD_...upport_Network/

To connect with other families and loved ones of Military Men and Women who have lost their battle with PTSD go here:

This support group is manned by Josh's family:

http://health.groups.yahoo.com/group/SLOOMS/

>>>>JOIN<<<<

OPERATION FIRING FOR EFFECT

"THE VETERANS MARCH 2006"

IN WASHINGTON DC

It's up to YOU VETS TO MAKE THIS HAPPEN... SHOW THEM WHAT YOU'VE GOT!

LET YOUR VOICES BE HEARD!

VOLUNTEER TO HELP LOCALLY OR AT THE NATIONAL RALLY AT 8am (est) ON APRIL 26, 2006

I'M HELPING, SO SHOULD YOU!

CLICK BELOW TO DONATE THE $10.00 THEY SO DESPERATELY NEED TO GET THIS OFF THE GROUND (FOR FLYERS ETC) AND VOLUNTEER TO HELP!

http://www.vetmarch2006.com/

MOTORCYCLE RIDERS UNITE FOR OUR HEROES!

JOIN OR SUPPORT YOUR LOCAL PATRIOT GUARD RIDERS!!

(Keeping Funerals FREE FROM ANTI-WAR PROTESTERS so our BRAVE HEROES can be laid to rest in PEACE by shielding the mourning family and friends from interruptions created by any protestor or group of protestors through strictly legal and non-violent means)

http://patriotguard.org/Home/tabid/53/Default.aspx

Patriot Guard Riders Mission Statement

The Patriot Guard Riders is a diverse amalgamation of riders from across the nation. We have one thing in common besides motorcycles. We have an unwavering respect for those who risk their very lives for America’s freedom and security. If yo

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Brenda:

That is the best article (with the many attached links) that I have ever seen on PTSD and .. WHAT IT REALLY DOES TO A PTSDer.

I read several of the links and they were like looking into a mirror and even made me anxious to .. "See Myself In That Mirror".

Thanks you so much for posting this because someone with PTSD can read the story AND the various attached links and I am sure that they will find themself in the the mirror in at least one or more of the links posted in your post.

My heart was racing very fast as I was just reading a specific link. As 90% of what was posted in that link was me. It was not like reading about PTSD .. it was like a "Virtual Reality" in living it again. And I learned that some of my coping mechanisms may be wrong too. It was excellent and very informative for me.

And ... it was VERY different (on one link that I read) from reading about PTSD in an abstract sense in a book. ...... I actually felt like I was right beside the person and most importantly .. "In His Head" .. and thinking the very same thoughts.

Probably, all PTSDer are somewhat different in many ways ... but in many ways .. we are the same too.

Thanks again for this very informative post (and links) ...

... Magoo .. aka .. Bill ... ;) <--- I always posted icon ... because it looks like someone who is trying to regain their "super alertness" .. just after the chit has hit the fan and is now over ... AND you realize that you are still alive.

PS .. I have read many links, books, posts and etc. on PTSD ... but this one link was not like reading about PTSD ... IT WAS LIKE LIVING IT ... and I could get right into the person's head in their thought processes too. ....... I think that one specific link (in the your post) might help me ... after I digest it.

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Brenda:

That is the best article (with the many attached links) that I have ever seen on PTSD and .. WHAT IT REALLY DOES TO A PTSDer.

I read several of the links and they were like looking into a mirror and even made me anxious to .. "See Myself In That Mirror".

Thanks you so much for posting this because someone with PTSD can read the story AND the various attached links and I am sure that they will find themself in the the mirror in at least one or more of the links posted in your post.

My heart was racing very fast as I was just reading a specific link. As 90% of what was posted in that link was me. It was not like reading about PTSD .. it was like a "Virtual Reality" in living it again. And I learned that some of my coping mechanisms may be wrong too. It was excellent and very informative for me.

And ... it was VERY different (on one link that I read) from reading about PTSD in an abstract sense in a book. ...... I actually felt like I was right beside the person and most importantly .. "In His Head" .. and thinking the very same thoughts.

Probably, all PTSDer are somewhat different in many ways ... but in many ways .. we are the same too.

Thanks again for this very informative post (and links) ...

... Magoo .. aka .. Bill ... ;) <--- I always posted icon ... because it looks like someone who is trying to regain their "super alertness" .. just after the chit has hit the fan and is now over ... AND you realize that you are still alive.

PS .. I have read many links, books, posts and etc. on PTSD ... but this one link was not like reading about PTSD ... IT WAS LIKE LIVING IT ... and I could get right into the person's head in their thought processes too. ....... I think that one specific link (in the your post) might help me ... after I digest it.

BILL,

GREAT!!! Have not read all the links, which ones spoke to you? Will Joe to read them also. Yes, the coping skills many of you have are saabkwds!!! Good catch!!! One day...

So sad, the TRUTH.

Josh's Aunt did a great job with the memorial website.

PLEASE PASS IT ON IN ITS ENTIRETY. I did not want anyone to miss it!! Sometimes I get so antsy, I miss the hyperlinks!!!

T-bird, can we place it on Hadit.com as a LINK?

THANKS< BRENDA "taking care of our own"!!!!

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