Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder & Our Veterans: Celebrating Voices of Recovery

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  • West Palm Beach-Boca Raton, FL (1888PressRelease) November 12, 2010 - In honor of Veterans Day, presents a special feature, "Veterans Speak about PTSD Recovery." Two veterans share their frank and insightful thoughts about what it's like to live, cope with and recover from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

    Frequent coverage of military PTSD estimates that up to 40% of our troops suffer from Combat PTSD upon returning home. Another 20% experience Military Sexual Trauma (MST), exposing them to a high risk of PTSD. While the media has widely covered posttraumatic stress symptoms, which include the three categories of avoidance, arousal and reexperiencing, there is not equal exposure for how veterans are healing.

    "The purpose of our Veterans Day feature is to give a voice to the fact that recovery is possible. Every day veterans across the country - and even around the globe - are seeking treatment and making progress in alleviating PTSD symptoms, plus creating meaningful, productive futures. We wanted to bring awareness to this idea of hope," says Michele Rosenthal, the founder of

    Due to the enormous stigma around mental health issues in the military, too many veterans do not seek the help they need, or believe that they can recover. The "Veterans Speak about PTSD Recovery" feature includes the voices of:

    BriGette Ilene McCoy is the founder of Verve Life Community Enrichment Inc., a community nonprofit created as an enrichment organization covering for Veterans Social Justice. A womens veteran peer support organization, Veterans Social Justice uses social media technology to educate, inform and provide peer support for veteran women and educate the civilian community about the challenges which veteran women experience. A survivor of PTSD/MST, BriGette is 4th generation military. She currently resides in Atlanta, GA, where she is completing her MS in education media design technologies. View her posttraumatic stress disorder coping and recovery experience.

    John M. Healey is the author of Awakening a Foot Soldier: A Journal of Liberation from the Suffering of War. John is also the founder of Veterans Peace Initiative, an educational and informational organization created for the purpose of helping Veterans heal the wounds of war and to bridge the gap of understanding between the military and civilians. John served as a Combat Engineer in Somalia, U.S. Army; Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technician in Bosnia, U.S. Army; and later as a Private Contractor in Fallujah, Iraq. View his statement about how writing helped relieve posttraumatic stress symptoms, plus download an excerpt of the book.

    The feature will be run as part of the blog, "Making the Shift". The weekly 'Survivors Speak' (SS) series, which appears every Wednesday, showcases voices of hope and healing. Highlighting survivors who are seeing results from both traditional and alternative practices in PTSD healing, the series builds community, strength and offers support and a vision of hope for all survivors. was founded by Michele Rosenthal, a trauma survivor who struggled with undiagnosted PTSD for 24 years. And then she was diagnosed and went on a healing rampage! Today she is 100% PTSD-free. A passionate PTSD advocate, she now devotes her career to raising awareness for PTSD education and treatment. She launched the site as a way to give survivors access to an enormous amount of easy-to-understand PTSD information. In addition to information, the site contains several complimentary support resources, including downloads, teleseminars, and a healing workshop, plus monthly radio programs.

    For more information:
    Contact: Michele ( @ ) healmyptsd dot com, 561.531.1405.

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