In Their Words

The following is a collection of Statements from Servicemen, Servicewomen, and Families

“Since the birth of our great nation, many ordinary individuals have laced up their boots to defend and protect what our flag stands for. Freedom is NOT free, it comes with great sacrifice, dedication and loyalty. After the journey into combat, our SOLDIERS need a place to hang their hat and return home to country with open arms. They need more than parades and handshakes. They need routes paved to new journeys and struggles they may face.”
– Anonymous Author

Contribution made by a SOLDIER during his deployment:

“A VETERAN – whether active duty, retired, national guard or reserve – is someone who, at one point in their life, wrote a blank check made payable to “The United States of America”, for an amount of “up to and including my life.” That is Honor!

“I appreciate your help with assisting veterans with PTSD. It is a strange “disease” though real and sometimes more controlling of the mind than the present reality, we all have different ways with controlling it, some will take all their experiences and bury them in the far recesses of their mind. Others submit to the call of drugs and alcohol to help hide what they feel. Others such as I embrace it, to acknowledge it and hope that what you feel and how you react is more open to the population who hasn’t undergone the horrific struggles of war.” (printed with permission)
– Justin Johnson
USMC 2003-2007

“Combat PTSD Blogger, disabled veteran advocate. I can speak on the horrors of flashbacks; memories that materialize and steal my reality to those thousands of enemy soldiers being wiped out in hours; the struggle with dissociative features of Combat PTSD as it threatens to engulf me everyday for the last 20 years. Imagine you are having a happy moment and the next thing you know visions of bodies and carnage engulf your view, confusion rings and the struggle to return to war or remain in the present resounds and sometimes I do not know where I left off or began. So, I pick it up where my slipped consciousness puts me and take my cues from those around me as to the reality of the situation sets in. Today I understand these moments for what they are, a window into a place I tried to shut off. I have learned that this window, when open needs aired out. So I feel it and go with what nature needs me to understand. To live my purpose is to find a way.”
– Scott Lee

“A Nation will be Judged by the Way it Treats its Veterans…”
– General George Washington

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