I like to read other blogs. Every so often there are some that just strike me as beautiful–the way the words flow or the way the story is presented. I like to read magazines and journals–something that might seem “too academic” or “stuffy” to some people, but the other day there was something that was shared with me that just really hit me. In all the feels.
The Havok Journal is managed by Scott Faith. This particular journal seeks to serve as the voice of the Veteran community through a focus on current affairs and articles of interest to the public in general, and the Veteran community in particular.
Most of the contributors and authors are either Veterans or have some connection to a Veteran (spouse, friend, colleague, etc.). A Gold Star mother, director of operations for Team Red, White, and Blue, and author, video producer, and CEO of Article 15, Mat Best also contribute to Havok.
Scrolling through, I recognized names, I read some stories, but one really stuck with me. Sam noticed it and shared it with me, and well, here we are. I am sharing it with you all.
At times we don’t really understand PTSD, even those who live with and struggle with this every single day. Occasionally words fail to really describe how challenging it can be to come home from war, especially when your mind and body may be waging war on you daily.
Cleo DeLoner shares this post, which is haunting. This post made sense to me–although I’ve not served, do not suffer from PTSD, nor have I experienced any type of combat, deployment, or aspect of military life other than being married to a Veteran, these words, these images I had in my mind, they made sense.
Please take a few moments to read “Deployed to America.” Browse through the Havok Journal.
I am very glad the soldier pictured above has deployed to America. While the road has been filled with ups and downs, I’m proud of the steps he has taken to work through and process his trauma and find healing.