Having served in Iraq as a military interrogator, I know a thing or two about PTSD. I know what it's like to wake up in the middle of the night in a cold sweat, or to dread the thought of going to sleep, knowing what awaits you in your dreams. It's a tough struggle, trying to figure out how you best fit in with a society that doesn't understand what we went through over there and often times, does not seem to care. But there are groups out there that can help. The main thing to remember is that you are not alone. You may feel like you are drowning in a sea of despair, but help is close by if you just ask for it.
Below is the name and information of a veterans' group that has helped me immensely in my journey, and I believe it could help you or someone you love. It's free to attend their weekend seminar; they cover your food and hotel costs, you just have to arrange travel to the location of their events.
Welcome Home Initiative
In 2008, Fr. Mumford introduced a special program at the Healing Ministry, “The Welcome Home Initiative”, dedicated to providing military veterans with ministry and other resources for their spiritual health and healing. The WHI ministry is led by Fr. Mumford and two other retired military men, Bishop David Bena and Lt. Col. Noel Dawes. The ministry offers a focused, intensive three-day retreat program for Armed Forces veterans who have served in combat, and their families, who may be suffering from some degree of post-traumatic stress related to their service in the Armed Forces.
Retreats are offered three times a year. The program is offered at no cost and is designed to bring spiritual and emotional healing to each participant so that they know they are “welcomed home” in every sense.
For more information about WHI, please visit: http://byhiswoundsministry.org/outreach/welcome-home/
Or email: WelcomeHomeInitiative@gmail.com