Tag Archives: National Guard

PTSD | Spoken Word by Lucky Garcia

WARNING: This video contains disturbing content and may be upsetting to some people. Lucky Garcia felt like she never fit in. The war veteran-turned-poet has endured many difficulties in life, but today her writing has become more than a passion – it’s therapy. Writing about war – and her life during and after – helps… Read More »

It took me six months to say I have PTSD

After a physical assault, National Guard member Hodari had trouble sleeping and felt intense anger, even after returning home. Once he accepted that he had a problem and opened up to treatment, he recovered patience and a sense of grace in his life. Learn more about anger and irritability: https://maketheconnection.net/symptoms/anger-irritability Find out more about Make… Read More »

#SE2E2+ Cannabis Use and PTSD among Veterans

Cannabis use for medical conditions is an issue of growing concern. Some Veterans use marijuana to relieve symptoms of PTSD and several states specifically approve the use of medical marijuana for PTSD. However, controlled studies have not been conducted to evaluate the safety or effectiveness of medical marijuana for PTSD. Thus, there is no evidence… Read More »

Aaron learned strategies to manage PTSD symptoms

An explosion missed Aaron by less than 40 meters, but afterward he was unable to return to active duty. His wife convinced him to check out VA to learn how to deal with his difficult emotions. Hear Aaron describe how he connected with programs and resources that helped him recognize what was going on and… Read More »

Overcoming PTSD and MST one day at a time

Besides dealing with stressful combat situations, Tracey felt betrayed by people she thought were her friends and experienced military sexual trauma. With the help of VA, unique Veterans’ programs, and supportive family and friends, Tracey continues to move toward a more fulfilling life, every day. Find more information at http://maketheconnection.net/conditions/military-sexual-trauma Source: Youtube

Sammy Vasquez Won’t Let PTSD Stop His Boxing Dreams

Welterweight Boxer Sammy Vasquez Jr. served in the National Guard and did two tours in Iraq. His experiences defending the USA left him with PTSD but that hasn’t stopped him from getting in the ring. Find out how Vasquez deals with his PTSD through boxing. Special thanks to the City of Angels Boxing Club in… Read More »