Hello, veterans. Come into the chapel for a little while; I have something to tell you.
Just as I am, you are still wounded from the war, wherever and whenever that was. Europe, the South Pacific, Korea, Vietnam, the Persian Gulf, Iraq, Afghanistan, or anywhere else your nation sent you to defend freedom. Thank you for serving, and welcome home.
I want you to get the help you need for the healing of your body, your mind, and your spirit. There are more resources today than at any other time in history. We’ve learned so much, often from our mistakes, about the aftermath and the continuing trauma of combat.
The enemy, whoever they were or are, wants you to remain broken and miserable. That means victory for them. Please don’t let that happen. Get the help you need. That’s what I did, finally, fifteen years ago. I was tired of being a “victim” of the Vietnam War, and I made the decision to try to get out of the cave (tomb) I’d been in since 1970. It wasn’t easy, but it saved my life. And it meant that the Viet Cong no longer could list me on their body count. I chose life over death, and I’ll thank God for each breath I take until my dying day…and then long after that.
I want the same for you. You’ve suffered enough, and you’ve been on the casualty list too long, just as I was. Our nation needs you to learn to manage your PTSD symptoms, to rise above them (though they may stay with you for a lifetime), and use your experience and your skills to rebuild America.
If you think I can be your guide, please contact me. I’m here and on Facebook and at firstname.lastname@example.org.