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WHAT TO SAY TO A COMBAT VETERAN:

 

“Thank You” and “Welcome Home” are always appropriate

 

Allow the Veteran to talk about what they are comfortable sharing

 

Let the Veteran lead the conversation

 

Find a quiet place to talk, one-on-one if possible

 

 

http://www.stcloud.va.gov/PTSD_wartorn.asp

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Military suicides hit a peak again this year. We had a service wide stand down for suicide prevention training. In some of the literature I read that only 3% of the veterans who have it are seeking treatment. One of the big concerns among service members was keeping your security clearance. I just had to submit for mine again and on the questionnaire now you do not have to answer those questions if you have problems from a deployment. The biggest thing is to listen and steer them towards getting help and letting them know they are not alone in dealing with it.

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My Brother was a Navy Corpsman Fleet Marine Force (FMF) attached to marines in iraq war. He has some PTSD but is attacking it like a good Sailor, he is going to school to become a doctor of psychology and wants to work with Vets with PTSD. So proud of him!

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My Brother was a Navy Corpsman Fleet Marine Force (FMF) attached to marines in iraq war. He has some PTSD but is attacking it like a good Sailor, he is going to school to become a doctor of psychology and wants to work with Vets with PTSD. So proud of him!

Outstanding! We love our Corpsmen, give him a Big OO-RAH for me. :thumb:

I went through 11 years as a Marine Corps Infantryman and never had any problems. One Bad Hospitalization did me in though, afterwards. Mine isn't too bad and I know the "Triggers" and can Avoid or prepare myself for some of it. Combat PTSD is much harder to get a handle on.

I hope your brother achieves His goals, I'm sure He will.gallery_7035_184_2566.gif

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Outstanding! We love our Corpsmen, give him a Big OO-RAH for me. :thumb:

I went through 11 years as a Marine Corps Infantryman and never had any problems. One Bad Hospitalization did me in though, afterwards. Mine isn't too bad and I know the "Triggers" and can Avoid or prepare myself for some of it. Combat PTSD is much harder to get a handle on.

I hope your brother achieves His goals, I'm sure He will.gallery_7035_184_2566.gif

 

He Loves "His Marines" even 4 years later he keeps up with all of those in his squad......

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Military families of deployed Service Members and Wounded Warriors can apply for assistance through Operation Homefront this holiday season at their main site: http://www.operationhomefront.net/ - just enter your zip code to take you to your local chapter and fill out the application from there!

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I am a Military Combat Veteran and I have to say, reading these post truly makes ME feel appreciated. I've gone to the sand box 3 times and after returning the first time there were American flags all over the place. After the 2nd and 3rd time they seem to all just about disappear. Yes this did bother me. Anyone who goes over and is in combat will have a bag to carry with them for the rest of their lives. Some of us can try to hide it from the world but it is always there. PTSD is still new to us all, even medical. So if any of you who read this post know a veteran, read the threads prior to this. There were some really good post about what to say and better yet, what not to say to thank a veteran. Everyone always says they understand and will always stand by that veteran when they go through hard times but in my experiences and ones I have seen as soon as PTSD shows its face the people who said they will be around are as visible as the American flag was after my 3rd Spring break. :) I say all this just to let everyone understand that ANY Veteran who has seen combat Will and Does have a BAG to carry with them for always regardless if it are visible to you at that moment. Understanding this will help you understand them and will truly help you interact with them.

Thank you for the threads

 

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Suicides in the U.S. military surged to a record 349 last year, far exceeding American combat deaths in Afghanistan, and some private experts are predicting the dark trend will grow worse this year.

:sad:

 

http://bigstory.ap.org/article/2012-milita...record-high-349

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Suicides in the U.S. military surged to a record 349 last year, far exceeding American combat deaths in Afghanistan, and some private experts are predicting the dark trend will grow worse this year.

:sad:

 

http://bigstory.ap.org/article/2012-milita...record-high-349

That is tragic. :sad:

 

 

Thanks for the thread Scotto.

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