Most soldiers, sailors, marines, airmen and members of the Coast Guard never waited to be asked. They simply stepped forward and raised their hands. Proudly. Quietly sacrificing what we take for granted every day. A goodnight kiss. Soft beds. Clean clothes. A child’s first step or parent’s last birthday. Baseball games, dance recitals, Christmas Eves and date nights. And a thousand other moments that will never come again.
Instead of complaining they will tell you about wanting to give something back to their country. About becoming part of something larger. Protecting the freedom and values we all hold dear. Keeping loved ones safe. Being a part of a team committed to a mission and to each other. Knowing that team always had their back.
The brave men and women of the U.S. military have always done their part. But have we done ours? When they literally lay their lives on the line, they do so with the belief that, when their tour is over, we will bring them home. All the way home — back to where they were when they enlisted.
We don’t always do such a good job with this. Right now there are tens of thousands of veterans, our nation’s heroes, who are struggling with the never-ending nightmare of PTSD. They are losing their jobs, families, homes and self-respect. You’ve seen the stats — more than 20 times a day, a current or former member of our military commits suicide and a large percentage of that is the direct result of PTSD.
By this point, you already know that. We all do. What you may not know is that we can help them. We know how to remove most, if not all, of the symptoms. The Brain Wellness Fund works closely with the Brain Wellness and Biofeedback Center in Bethesda, MD, where they are having a very high rate of success returning many of these current and former military members to who they used to be. Not simply masking symptoms with drugs — the treatment at BWB does not use drugs of any kind — but removing or significantly reducing them through a set of proprietary protocols that, in layman terms, reset the brain.
This means giving them perhaps the first real night’s sleep in months, if not years. Alleviating the crippling anxiety and anger. Restoring lost memory and balancing energy levels. Getting rid of or seriously reducing the headaches. Minimizing the effects of flashbacks. Allowing them to reconnect with loved ones.
The biggest obstacle to making this life-saving treatment available is lack of funds. We need the financial resources to reach them, bring them to the Bethesda area, assist with their lodging and pay for their treatment.
All of this means that they need your help. Whether you can make a one-time contribution or a monthly commitment, whatever you do will directly make a difference in the life of a veteran or active duty service member. We go out of our way to walk across the room or stop them in an airport and thank them for their service and that is a wonderful gesture. But, how much more meaningful would it be to let them know that you have their back — that the battlefield may have changed but not the vow to “leave no one behind”?
The holidays were an especially difficult time for those with PTSD. There’s something ironic about being so concerned about service members being separated from family during this time of year but allowing our heroes who have made it home to struggle with this awful condition.
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The Brain Wellness Fund is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, making your donation tax deductible depending upon your individual filing status and circumstances.
The need is great and your help will be deeply appreciated. Please consider a monthly contribution. The work we do is on-going and those who consistently provide support make a tremendous difference.
Stock donations to charitable organizations, like The Brain Wellness Fund, not only provide much-needed assistance — in this case, not just improving but literally saving the lives of our veterans and active duty service members struggling with PTSD — but they can also result in significant tax savings for you. If this is something you are in a position to do, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.