Casualties of War

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Casualties of war…
happen among those who serve…
but many survivors feel so broken…
and don’t get the support they deserve.
For the suicide rate of our veterans…
seems to rise year by year…
for the traumas they’ve experienced… Continue reading

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A Poem for Victims: Lingering Triggers (Psalm 107:19)

This is for the many who have never experienced violence and triggers from PTSD. These triggers are real and totally involuntary, causing many victims to relive their traumas again and again.

Memories! Oh, those memories…
triggering responses from the mind.
Like feeling your abuser,
coming up from behind.

Like a single word,
whispered in a threat.
Like a string of curses,
yelled with “you’ll regret”.

Memories! Oh, these memories…
how we long to forget..
they keep triggering responses,
breaking us out in sweat.

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Portraits of Courage (By President George W. Bush)

In honor of July 4th and those who have fought for our independence, I want to tell you all about President George W. Bush’s initiative to honor the men and women who have courageously served this country. Many of these servicemen and women have suffered wounds, both visible and invisible while fighting for us. I encourage all of you to check it out,  Portraits of Courage– A collection of portraits, painted by President Bush, with stories of courage honoring these men and women.

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A Poem for Victims: Lingering Triggers (Psalm 107:19)

This is for the many who have suffered abuse and suffer triggers from PTSD. These triggers are real and the memories are painful. I pray for healing and restoration for all victims of abuse.

Memories! Oh, those memories…
triggering responses from the mind.
Like feeling your abuser,
coming up from behind.

Like a single word,
whispered in a threat.
Like a string of curses,
yelled with “you’ll regret”. Continue reading

DV Awareness Day #5: TRIGGERS Are Real

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Too many people do not understand the effects of abuse and trauma on it’s victims. The triggers that remain are very real and can be debilitating to it’s victims. (See the attached blog postings)

TRIGGERS are real…
with painful memories of the past…
with fear and panic that arise…
like the blow of a shotgun blast.
But too many don’t understand…
for they have not walked in our shoes..
so they can’t even comprehend…
cause they may never have been abused.
But those who have experienced it…
know their triggers and it’s effect…
for C-PTSD in abuse victims…
is more common than most expect. Continue reading