June is PTSD Awareness Month. Read to learn more.
It was a special Fourth of July celebration, and a group of us (my wife is a member of the Blue Star Moms) were invited to attend a major league baseball game and enjoy the fireworks that would follow. As the game concluded and the music began to play, the crowd stood to its feet, compelled by the swelling patriotic sounds and to better view the display. But one in our group stood to do something else as the fireworks began: run for cover.
This young marine had just arrived the day before from his second tour in Iraq. It had been a tough deployment, and he was ready to get back to the States. His family was ready, too. They were grateful to have him home, to know he was safe, and to get their lives back to normal.
But the normalcy they had all anticipated did not happen like they hoped. Instead, their son struggled to adapt to his familiar family environment. His behavior became erratic, and certain sounds triggered flashbacks. Sleep was elusive and he felt like he was always on high alert. It was also difficult for him to share his feelings with his loved ones or feel connected to them at all. Before long, it became evident that he was not just experiencing a time of transition; he was experiencing PTSD.
It seems fitting that June is PTSD Awareness Month. Positioned between Memorial Day and Independence Day, it’s a reminder to us that freedom comes at a cost: for those who serve and for those who love them. And for some, returning home is just the beginning of a longer journey to wholeness.
The stories of these men and women need to be heard. And thankfully, more and more of those who have suffered from PTSD are sharing their experiences. These are the stories we love to tell.
This fall, Pure Flix is bringing one of these true stories to the big screen. Though I will provide more details later on our special events and how you can participate, I thought today would be a good day to share the trailer, which you’ll find at the end of this post.
One final note: If you are concerned for a loved one (PTSD symptoms can sometimes take years to manifest), or feel you might be experiencing signs yourself, please be aware of the support available to you. This is no longer a mysterious illness. It is a clinical condition that can be managed successfully with proper intervention and treatment. Though PTSD is more commonly associated with war veterans, anyone who has had significant trauma can be affected. So be aware. Be educated.
And reach out for help.
For more information, here are some valuable resource links and the presidential statement:
Franklin Santagate is the Executive Vice President of Marketing for Pure Flix, and works with denominations, ministries, and organizations by finding common vision, assets, resources and influence. From that position, we create initiatives we can do together that we cannot do apart, reaching our mutual objectives and expanding the Kingdom of God. To discover more or to become a Pure Flix Global Strategic Alliance partner go to http://pureflixalliance.com/join/.
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