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Combat PTSD

People from all walks of life can face dealing with PTSD... someone who is in a car crash, a
policeman, someone who is assaulted, etc., etc.  People who struggle with PTSD all have
similar problems and issues.  However, Combat PTSD (the kind of PTSD that affects deal.  
It's the outcome of many weeks, or months, or years of experiencing life threatening
Here is a poem about Combat PTSD.  We've tried several different ways to verify its
origins, find out more about the writer, etc.  The only information we were able to find is that
it is thought to have been written by a Vietnam Veteran (who was also a member of the Nez
Perce tribe) who went through the North Chicago VA Combat Trauma Program in 1991 and
that since then his writing is given out to all Vets who want a copy.

They said I would be changed in my body.
I would move through the physical world in a different manner.
I would have pain where there was no blood.
I would react to sights, sounds, movement and touch
in a crazy way, as though I were back in war.

They said I would be wounded in my thoughts.
I would forget how to trust, and I would think that others were trying to hurt me.
I would see dangers in the kindness and concern of my relatives and others.
Most of all, I would not be able to think in a reasonable manner,
and it would seem that everyone else was crazy.

They told me that it would appear to me that I
was alone even in the midst of the people,
and that there was no one else like me.

They warned me that it would be as though my emotions were
locked up, and I would be cold in my heart and
not remember the ways of caring for others.
While I might give meat and blankets to the elders,
or food to the children, I would not be able to feel
the goodness of these actions.
That I would do these things out of habit and not from caring.

They predicted that I might do harm to others without plan or intention.
They knew that my spirit would be wounded.

They said I would be lonely and that I would find no comfort
in family, friends, elders or spirits.
I would be cut off from both beauty and pain.
My dreams would be dark and frightening.
My days would be filled with searching and not finding.
I would not be able to find connections between myself and the rest of creation.
I would look forward to an early death.

And, I would need cleansing in all these things.

Whatever the source, this poem says a lot about the challenges and difficulties our warriors
face.  They must have our support and understanding as they struggle with "The Beast"

The following video was created by a member of the FOV staff to help loved ones and
others understand more about
Combat PTSD.  If you are a Veteran of OIF or OEF, and
are struggling with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, you may not want to watch this video as
it contains combat-related images from Iraq and Afghanistan.

There's also another article on our site
AVAILABLE HERE that discusses the physical and
psychological changes that occur inside of a brain affected by Combat PTSD.

Websites that discuss Combat PTSD:

Combat PTSD - An article written by Ilona Meagher, the author of Moving a Nation to Care:
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder & America's Returning Troops.

PsychCentral Article on Coping with Combat PTSD

Information on Combat PTSD from the PTSD Support Services Website

BBC News Series on "Combat Stress" (another name for Combat PTSD)
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