A big congratulation is in order for our Co-Founder, Shawn J. Gourley, who achieved top honors PTSD research. Shawn has successfully completed her psychology courses to earn her Degree of Certificate in Military Resilience from Liberty University. She returned to school last fall and has been working her tail off since then. During this last semester, she was invited to participate in Research Week. Most of us have heard her speak of Mefloquine and the importance of helping couples “See it from both sides” in the past, but thanks to Liberty University, she was presented an opportunity through Research Week as an Undergraduate to do two research projects, overseen by Dr. Andrew Ferrell, to test her hypothesis.
Military with PTSD Places 3rd in #FailForward Contest
Happy Veterans Day! A few weeks ago, GlobalGiving challenged Military with PTSD to share our #failforward moment from our Explosion of Kindness Program. We are proud to announce, Military with PTSD placed 3rd in the Fail Forward contest with the Explosion of Kindness Success and Failure Report. We have learned so much from our Firework Sign program and from GlobalGiving. By teaching and challenging us, we have been able to grow as a non-profit. We appreciate and value all that GlobalGiving has done and continues to do. We would also like to say a huge THANK YOU!!! to our members, our supporters, and our contributors. Without all of you, none of this would be possible.
What does the Resolve of a Caregiver video series teach and how can they help?
We are still going in the extended campaign. We have until May 15th to raise the $5,000 needed to give 2,500 veterans a free sign.
“Grassroots.org chatted with Shawn J. Gourley of Military with PTSD about their campaign on GlobalGiving and their amazing Explosions with Kindness project. You can find more information about this in the USA Today article at http://www.usatoday.com/story/nation/…
Visit their GlobalGiving campaign at: http://www.globalgiving.org/projects/help-2500-disabled-veterans-with-ptsd/
Together Strong provides 3D virtual human contact for those real-life issues veterans face when they return home.
Yes, I fully admit I ruined my marriage. And mark my words: I promise every one of you reading this: You will ruin yours, too!
I know, I know, it’s one bold statement, but first read on so I can explain. See if by the end you don’t agree.
Justin and I had known each other for about 17 years when we decided to get married. By the time we got married we were best friends, head over heels in love with each other, and on Cloud 9. We knew each other inside and out. Our friends and family all commented on how happy we were together.
Justin was still in the Navy when we said our I Do’s with a year and a half to serve before he could come home. I’m a realist, so I knew when he came home it would take some time to get used to living together and being married. What I didn’t expect was my husband to return home injured with post-traumatic stress disorder, which is a separate story in and of itself. But still, I was confident we could overcome anything so long as we were together. And I was right; but yet so wrong.
By: Shawn J. Gourley
I’ve already been the military spouse. But now I’m a new kind of spouse; I’m the spouse of a veteran with PTSD. Being a new kind of spouse means I have to change a lot of things in my life, but mostly it means that I have to change my expectations about what “better” looks like.
I swear people think because they came home from war alive, life should go on as normal. But it doesn’t. In reality my war has just begun. I had no training, and no one told me what this would entail. Being the wife of a wounded warrior makes life anything but normal. All of the sudden we deal with nightmares, flashbacks, not being able to be in large crowds, always being on alert, anger, and aggression because our warrior’s brain has been changed. It has been changed due to injury, not because they went crazy. They return to us a different person than the one we sent away. Outsiders don’t understand, and many will tell us to leave. We hear things like, “You don’t deserve to be treated like that!” or “You just need to leave and better your life.” We know it’s because they don’t understand, but most don’t care either. I could’ve taken that advice and left at any point in time, but what would that say about who I am? I’m not a quitter; it’s not in my genes. The warfighter mentality has rubbed off on me.