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Finding the way from hope to healing for veterans suffering from PTSD

How do we move forward together?

We can begin by changing the language, potentially only one letter that now makes matters worse.  Let the new name for this condition be Post Traumatic Stress Response (PTSR).  Telling those who suffer that they have a “Disorder” is counterproductive and is most often untrue.  Instead, this is a condition caused by the brain’s response to what happened or what was seen while at war. 

Everyone who suffers from PTSR  may display it differently, symptoms may vary.  This new book, The Journey from Hope to Healing is a fact-based story about four veterans with PTSR, each with different experiences and with different requirements to help them to learn to live successfully again. 

Below are common questions and answers about how PTSR impacts the one who suffers.

Q. -  Will traditional psychological treatment services alone help the PTSR patient?

A.  - Depending on the severity of the response, traditional psychological services alone are only a piece in the group of services that are usually needed to positively assist the PTSR patient.

Q. - Will faith-based guidance and counseling help the PTSR patient?

A. - In some cases, it may help but in many cases, the symptoms like anger and flashbacks will continue.  These are usually physical responses, making the value of spiritual guidance seem counterproductive or even thought of by the patient as “false hope”.

Q.  - Then what will help?

A.  - Unlike most physical illnesses, there is no drug, no therapy that will always help.  As every person’s experiences are different, different therapies are required. At times, different therapies or groups of therapies will need to be tried to find what will be successful.  There are some conditions that do seem to be necessary to create a healing environment. 

The story in the book, The Journey from Hope to Healing, creates the conditions that seem most successful in the healing environment. There are certainly additional therapies that can be of significant help and are used in several of the group therapy programs around the nation.

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About Author  MC Combs 

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I have written these two books after the suicide of the son of a lifelong friend.  I heard his anguish during his many calls to me, knowing I’d be someone who would listen.  After his funeral, I was determined to understand this terrible issue called PTSD that plagues our nation, stealing many of our warrior generation, (now PTSR).

In this community in which I live, a group is forming to act on these issues, including a retired Army Colonel who returned with three physical injuries and PTSR.  In the group is another man, an enlisted man who returned with severe PTSR and works every day to live productively with it. 

My first book tells the story of “what might have been” as our friend who took his life had wanted to try Equine Therapy in his effort to find his way out of the awful condition.  His name was John but in both books, our hero is called Johnny.

The second book is one of hope and healing.  It sets the stage for a group of four veterans unable to live with their families or already lost to the streets.  In the story, they learn to help themselves and others. They work at helping each other while taking advantage of multiple therapies to learn to live productive lives, finding ways to move forward.  It is a blueprint for a group of services that can be successful.

It can never be one solution.  No two people are the same or are affected by this terrible syndrome in the same way.  Each may have different core issues and responses to their experiences, some with lasting physical and some emotional responses. 

Next is the issue of the lack of preventive measures taken by the military.  What will it take to get the military to screen every member for mental issues before they are discharged?  Then there is so much that can be done to help our military members who now are, after a brief interview, literally just turned out, allowing them to try to cope with the issues that have been left in their brains from their experiences at war.

I hope these stories and this website will help you discover the answers to your questions and concerns.   Email us your thoughts to

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