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What PTSD Looks Like

With Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) being recognized more often in our society, especially among our service members, have you ever wondered what it feels like to have PTSD or a TBI?

Here’s a link from CBS News that shows photographs of artwork, masks, made by service members in art therapy who suffer from PTSD and/or TBI. It’s pretty interesting, moving, and the photos speak for themselves.

Check it out: Soldiers’ Art: What traumatic brain injury feels like

Kait

Veteran’s Day

Thank you to all of our nations veterans! We appreciate your service and sacrifice.

A little thank you goes a long way, but please remember there are a ton of different ways that you can support our troops too, if you are able and willing to do more. You can send Holiday Mail for Heroes through the American Red Cross, you can donate to Wounded Warrior Project, you can send items for care packages to Operation Gratitude, you can watch someone’s dog while they are deployed through Dogs on Deployment – these are just some of many, many programs that help our service men and women.

There are so many ways we can thank our vets.

To all the vets our there, thank you!

-Kait

Holiday Cards for Troops

It’s that time of year again! The holidays are creeping up on us really fast.

I know there are a lot of things floating around social media about sending holiday mail to wounded troops. Please beware that some info is incorrect. One thing floating around is saying that you can send mail to Walter Reed Army Medical Center. That is no longer the name. It technically does not exist anymore. It is now Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, because Bethesda Naval and Walter Reed Army Medical Centers combined into one. Another is about American Red Cross‘ Holiday Mail for Heroes. It’s still a program that the ARC is doing, but it is different this year. They no longer have a national address for you to send the holiday cards to. If you see a national address, it is most likely from past years. This year, the ARC is doing it through local chapters. Please contact your local Red Cross for more info.

I highly recommend using the ARC’s Holiday Mail for Heroes program if you are looking to send holiday cards to service members. We’ve done it in past years.

I know that the Lehigh Valley ARC is connect to the Philly ARC and the Philly ARC is doing Holiday Mail for Heroes. The Lehigh Valley ARC will help you get your holiday cards to the Philly branch so service men and women can receive your cards.

I believe the deadline is quickly approaching – I think it’s before Thanksgiving. So, please check with your local ARC to see if they are participating and what the deadline is.

Here’s a link to the American Red Cross’ webpage about their Holiday Mail for Heroes program: Holiday Mail for Heroes

Kait

Happy Birthday US Navy!

Happy 239th Birthday, Navy!

Last year, we were at Walter Reed Military Medical Center when they were having a small Navy birthday celebration. It was pretty cool to witness… and the cake was yummy too! They were nice enough to share some of their birthday cake with us, while we handed out Tastykakes, gift cards and t-shirts! Thank you, Navy for sharing that with us last year. We hope you have a great birthday celebration this year!

Kait

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