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21 May 2008

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Sharon Soames

Memorial Day reminds us to consider all those who served our country in the past and those who currently are. The challenges and stresses of war and leaving families are intense and not fully understood by civilians benefitting from the dedication of military service personnel. The experiences encountered, both good and bad, become integrated as part of that person's psyche and can shape attitudes and personality. Depending on the impact of those experiences, they can interfere with living a satisfying life. Thus post traumatic stress syndrome/disorder can effect and interfere with life if memories control current reality. It is real to soldiers and it is real for those devastated by tornadoes, and floods, and earthquakes and even divorce and lessor traumas.

Finding healing for negative memories is imperative to moving on to living free from their impact or control. As David suggested, the path to healing is personal.
Talking to others and sharing experiences with people who know first hand and understand the turmoil is crucial. Thus group sessions or buddy support is helpful.
Health care professionals can provide support. One area not mentioned is spiritual perhaps with the chaplain. Hope and healing release from tyrannical memories can come through prayer and spiritual guidance. The late Ruth Carter Stapleton, sister to President Jimmy Carter, wrote two books about inner healing of the memories introducing methods of replacing negative memories with God-inspired reconstruction of those memories towards a goal of wholeness,(The Gift of Inner Healing & The Experience of Inner Healing). So even with social & health services available to people suffering from PTSD, an open channel to help is available to all who seek healing through prayer and spiritual resources.

MTV True Life

My name is Christian and I work for MTV True life. True Life is a documentary series that’s been on MTV for 10 years. Each episode of “True Life” is about a different topic. Most of the topics have some global, social or personal importance, like this one. Some of them are about youth culture, like episodes about gamers or cheerleaders. All episodes aim to tell deeply personal stories. There is no host, reporter or narrator. The young people tell their own stories in their own voices. So what we are looking for are veterans of the Iraq War who appear to be 28 years old or younger and have either been diagnosed with PTSD or have symptoms of PTSD. We’re looking for veterans who are willing to share their struggle with PTSD with a national audience. If you or someone you know is interested in speaking with us about participating in this documentary, please contact us at:

ptsd@mtvn.com or tlptsd@gmail.com
718-422-0706

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