Veterans Day (11-11-11) And How YOU Can Help A Returning Veteran With PTSD

11 Nov

11-11-11 – Today is Veterans Day.

Wikipedia tells us:

Veterans Day is an annual United States holiday honoring military veterans. It is a federal holiday that is observed on November 11. It is also celebrated as Armistice Day or Remembrance Day in other parts of the world and falls on November 11, the anniversary of the signing of the Armistice that ended World War I.

Major hostilities of World War I were formally ended at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918 with the German signing of the Armistice.”

Wow! I certainly did not know about “the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month.

So, it certainly is a fitting day for a parade!

This site gives us the Veteran’s Day Parade specs, some of which I will copy here:

* The Veterans Day Parade begins at 11 a.m. and lasts until 2 p.m.

* The Veterans Day Parade begins on Fifth Avenue at 23rd Street, and continues north along Fifth Avenue to 56th Street.

* There are a variety of marchers, floats and marching bands in the Veterans Day Parade. Participants include active officers, various veteran’s groups, junior ROTC members, and the families of veterans. The 2011 parade includes 27 active military units from all branches, six Medal of Honor recipients, veterans groups and high school bands from around the nation.

* The Veterans Day Parade has been organized in New York since 1929. Over 25,000 people participate in the Veterans Day Parade in New York City each year, making it the largest in the nation. The Veterans Day commemoration begins with a wreath laying ceremony at 10 a.m. at the Eternal Flame in Madison Square Park with the parade beginning at 11 a.m.

SALUTE to the men and women serving our country, past and current!

On a related but very serious note, a friend of mine has a son who came back from the war in Iraq. He suffers from Post-traumatic Stress Disorder, and he and his family have suffered many consequences due to PTSD. Please watch their story here.

I asked my friend if there was anything that I and other civilians could do to help. She replied:

Write your elected officials and tell them that so many of our young soldiers are returning from war with mental issues, and that there needs to be more funding for jail diversion programs and veteran’s courts. There has to be a study done to actually see how many of these kids are coming home bearing unseen wounds and end up in prison. I know of many, but the actual numbers aren’t documented (no one is counting.) There need to be federal and state bills allowing them to be diverted into treatment instead of incarceration, or at least turned over to the V.A. (provided they have served during a war and have mental health issues.) The V.A. is underfunded and under-staffed, and they need enough money to keep up with all of the current conflict veterans who come home, let alone all of the ones from Nam. etc. Did you know that there is no counseling for families of these vets? Our kids are just thrown at us with serious mental health issues, and we are supposed to know what is wrong, how to cope with them, and help them? It is very stressful, but we are not given any help. The key to change is education. The general public has no idea what it is like for these young men and their families when they come home. Most folks don’t care, unless it touches their lives in some way. Elected officials and court officials must know, too. They are the ones who have the power to change the way the system is treating our boys when they come home.”

PLEASE, read her suggestions above and take this to heart, tomorrow and every day.

Perhaps, copy and paste her words into web messages,  snail mails or faxes to your elected officials.

You can find contact information for Congressmen/women here or  here or here.

You can also reach out to Michelle Obama, on her Facebook page or sending a letter to:

The White House
Atten. Michelle Obama
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20500

 

My prayers go out to my friend’s family, and all military families.

Thank you.

xoxo,

SAllan

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4 Responses to “Veterans Day (11-11-11) And How YOU Can Help A Returning Veteran With PTSD”

  1. margiesmom November 11, 2011 at 10:46 am #

    To have our service men and women come home from a war as broken people and for us to not give them any and all help they need is abhorable. This problem goes back at least as far as the Vietnam and Korean conflicts. Their issues were further compounded by not being received very well upon coming home – some were spit upon, many were degraded for their service and sacrifice. Add that to the effects of the atrocities they witnessed overseas and you have a recipe for a nightmare life. Not one single person who served us should ever have to deal with these issues alone and their families deserve just as much assistance. I will definitely write to my elected officials.

    Thank you for sharing, Sherrie.

    • sallanscorner November 11, 2011 at 11:29 am #

      Thank you, Penny. Every word you speak is so right; it’s just a crying shame! My Grandmother’s brother fought in WWII and he was never the same afterwards. Appreciate your help spreading the word…

  2. Jeff Griffith November 11, 2011 at 11:24 am #

    Great job here, Sherrie. I know so many friends who returned from SE Asia and Persian Gulf with PTSD. Amazing how long it took our government, the same government that sent them off to battle, to acknowledge PTSD existed even though there were documented cases going back as far as the Reveloutionary War.

    Thank you for posting this for all to see.

    Happy Veteran’s Day and enjoy the parade! Post some pictures.

    • sallanscorner November 11, 2011 at 11:31 am #

      Jeff – thanks so much. War is Hell. Always has been, always will be. Off now to cheer on those in the parade. Thanks for helping to spread the word!

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