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The thought of retirement scared me, because I assumed I would have too much time [boredom] to focus on the past. It was also around the time of the 1st Gulf War, and everywhere you turned were vivid pictures of death, and no way to escape the memories ofVietnam. .At the same time I still didn’t accept I had PTSD, but thankfully my brother-in-law was persistent and talked me into getting a quick check up. Three physiatrists later, I was not only diagnosed with PTSD, but for the first time understood the demons I have been fighting alone for forty years. Today, with the continued help of medications, therapy, outside activities and writing I can still look ahead.
I have also taken on a cause through my story; “The Demons of war are Persistent” to reach out to young and senior veterans to break the stigma of PTSD and seek assistance. There is a list on my website, www.awschade.com, under the tab “Demons of War” with numerous resources freely looking to help brothers and sisters of war.
Here are a few suggestions from one warrior to another:
Finally, let your ego or macho image go. There are too many individuals and groups wanting to help. If you do not, you may find yourself alone and bitter for a lifetime.
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