Military Families and PTSD: How To Cope?

This past week on YOUR LIFE AFTER TRAUMA we had a fantastic conversation about how PTSD affects military veterans’ families. The child of a Vietnam veteran joined us to share her journey through her own PTSD caused by her father’s violent ¬†posttraumatic stress disorder behavior. Plus, a PTSD expert (no, I mean one of the preeminent experts – he was on the committee that gave PTSD its name!) joined us to fill in his take.

In our conversation we covered a slew of topics, including:

  • what it’s like to be the child of a PTSD adult
  • how to reclaim yourself when you’ve been raised by a PTSD adult
  • practices to use to cope as a family
  • three characteristics of posttraumatic stress syndrome
  • posttraumatic stress disorder vs. posttraumatic stress injury

Upon hearing about the subject my colleague, Laura Turner, who does energy work for PTSD, offered this suggestion:

“FamilyOfaVet,” at, is a wonderful non-profit that serves to support and educate families of warriors with PTSD. They have materials available to share with children/schools, a blogtalk radio show with relevant topics, on-line support groups, a strong Facebook presence, and much more. I only found out about this group when I was invited to speak on the blog radio show, but now I constantly refer them to warriors and their families.

One of the most important points that my guests made was the fact that when a family is dealing with PTSD it can feel like you’re very alone. You know, of course, just by virtue of all of us on this site, that you are not. Always good to remember that.



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