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Hi there. I hear you’ve seen some stuff.

My grandfather flew Lancasters for the RAF in WW2. I was complimenting my waitress to her manager the other day. He had just retired from the military and was now running this restaurant. My compliment about my waitress was that she was really aware of her tables because she already had “her head on a swivel.”

His eyes narrowed sharply as he looked at me as I looked back at him. Our eyes had a very intense conversation. What do you think the conversation was about. #CPTSD #Veterans #customerservice #PTSD

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#Veterans DAY

Todays post is about honoring all Veterans who fought for our country and for those who continue to fight for this country today. My father is a Veteran who I consider a hero. I have met many disabled Veterans in my life and I'm always proud of their bravery and Sacrifice I truly believe that our Veterans should be honored everyday not just one day out of the year. Today and everyday I salute all Veterans thank you for your service.

#CerebralPalsy

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"Fair winds and following seas"

It is with a heavy heart that I tell you this. My grandfather passed away from COVID-19 last night. He fought so hard until the agonizing end of his life. My grandfather served as a Navy officer. He worked as an electronics engineer and he was actually there at Bikini Atoll for the first atomic weapons test. I dearly miss his stories of his time in the service. My grandfather was the toughest, smartest man I knew. I had the privilege of growing up in rural Alaska with him and my grandmother, who passed over a decade ago. He taught me binary, hexadecimal, and base eight when I was in grade school. He made beautiful musical instruments in his woodshop and stunning leatherwork, he taught me how to woodwork too. I just wish I had more time with him, this virus ripped him away from us too soon. My heart is broken, and I don’t know how to carry on. I don’t have family locally, my grandfather and my mother (who still lives in Alaska) are my only family. I cannot be with them now. It shatters my soul. I salute his bravery and I honor the life he had.

I’ve attached a photo I took of him and my mother the last time we were all together for Christmas as a family (2004).

#COVID19 #deathtoll #Grief #Trauma #Loneliness #CheckInWithMe #Loss #Veterans #Heartbroken

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presentation question

I am preparing for a presentation on #Veterans. The presentation is geared towards #SocialWorkers #counselors and other #MentalHealth providers. If you are a #Veteran what do you wish civilian clinicians knew prior to your first session? If you are a mental health provider, what do you wish you knew about the military?

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Veteran's Suicide Rates

According to the most recent report published by the United States Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) in 2016, which analyzed 55 million veterans' records from 1979 to 2014, the current analysis indicates that an average of 20 Veterans a day die from suicide.
This is due in part to the significant amount of Veterans awaiting treatment, with over abundant wait times and limited resources available outside the system is it a wonder that on average 20 Veterans per day fall victim to their disorders and diseases?
I am approaching the third month awaiting referral to the trauma therapy program, approaching the third month awaiting referral to a psychologist and this is not an uncommon occurrence within Veteran's Affairs. I have not given into the struggle, have not lost the battle but how many others will lose their battle in the meantime, how many will it take awaiting treatment to end their lives or attempt to end their lives for reform in the Department of Veteran's Affairs?
I am exhausted watching fellow Veterans and their families suffer because of a system that has been exhausted beyond the point of repair.
Please reach out before the battle takes a toll, in a broken system our greatest resource is ourselves, and one another.
Please take the opportunities available to you, through the Veteran's Crisis Line or Emergency Treatment. This battle is not over, and we can continue to wage the war together.
Veteran's Crisis Line
1-800-273-8255
Text 838255
For Hearing Disabled 1-800-799-4889
#Veterans #VeteranAffairs #VeteransCrisisLine #VeteransReform