09/21/11 - Not Alone, a non-profit founded in 2008 by Mike Jones, a West Point grad with tours in both Afghanistan and Iraq, to help combat vets and their families deal with PTSD through a confidential and anonymous community kicked off operations in the Washington area this week.
This follows earlier efforts by the group at Fort Bragg, Fort Hood and Fort Lewis, with help offered both online and via phone at 1-866-781-8010.
Combat vets are reluctant to talk to anyone -- even their family members -- about their stress and experiences, and the forums offer a safe place for some truly raw, but necessary dialogue, such as this post:
"I got home about a week ago. I was doing ok over there. Here is a different story. Cant sleep. Cant eat. I throw up at random times (WTF is that about) I cant talk to my wife I dont want to. I was a door kicker. I'm gerenerally not a violent person at home two days I threw a glass at my daughter. I left I spent the night in a cemetary with my LT who I lost over there. I feel responsible for eveything. I hate everyone. I have so much rage inside me I left for fear that I would hurt my family. I cant talk about anything with anyone exept the person that was with me on that day. That day. I cant even say what day. I know I need help. I dont want to see some jerk-off ass who was never there. They dont understand. How can they?"
This was followed by a reply which offered the advice from a soldier who had also faced similar problems: read more>>>