BENEFITING: SOLDIERS PROJECT
This is not a "well-kept" secret, so this admission may not be much of a surprise but it is my official, public, coming out of the closet moment:
"I, Sean D. Huze, have Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder."
I know, I know. About as shocking as when Anderson Cooper came out. My reasoning for this public admission is because I believe it will motivate those who know me personally, follow my creative works, and/or enjoy my blog to do more to address this life or death problem. The citizenry is FAILING THE MEN AND WOMEN THAT PROVIDE THEM THEIR SAFETY and it must stop! Do more. Do better. You can!
Through mental health services and public awareness, you can help veterans overcome our feelings of shame, weakness, and guilt we tend to attach to this medical condition. As our friends and family you can look for some common symptoms like hyper-awareness/vigilance, persistent state of "fight/flight," insomnia, anxiety, depression, rage, and/or sudden changes in personality and mood. Don't wait until PTSD's most tragic symptom presents itself: suicide. It is past time to collectively yell, "ENOUGH!"
As citizens that truly support our troops, veterans need you to do more than just placing a bumper sticker on your vehicle. We need your help and donating to any of these three charities is a good start towards meaningful support. You count on us every day. Prove we can count on you too!
USMC 2001-2005, Corporal, Infantry, Iraq War Veteran, Honorably Discharged
501c3 Organizations That Have Helped Me with PTSD/Depression, and Work Diligently on Behalf of All Veterans (I'm Raising for All Three):
* Iraq & Afghanistan Veterans of America: www.iava.org
* National Veterans Foundation: www.nvf.org
* The Soldiers Project: www.thesoldiersproject.org
These three organizations all were there for me when I was losing my personal struggle have felt the pain of PTSD and know the darkness that can make suicide seem like the only choice. My family and I are so grateful that I got the help I needed then and the "maintenance" of continued treatment. It not only saved my life literally, but saved the quality of my life and the lives of those that love me.