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August 18, 2011

I’m encouraged.  Sometimes it is hard to continue to write with little response from the other end.  Sort of like talking in an empty room.  I continue to post in hopes that I can encourage others to do so, as well.  The Military PTSD Forum is not my site technically and our original hope was that we would receive posts from other PTSD victims who wish to tell their stories.  So the intention is not to hear from only me and my ideas which are limited to me but you the PTSD victim, your PTSD spouse, PTSD children and friends.

Yesterday I received this from Ms. Jennifer Svan who is a reporter for the Stars and Stripes newspaper.

“Hello,

My name is Jennifer Svan and I’m a reporter with Stars and Stripes newspaper. I was trying to contact someone from your Web site and didn’t know how else to do that other than through this forum. I’m writing a story about the new spouses and significant others support group that’s been started at Walter Reed. I’m trying to gauge what kind of need there is for such a program and thought you might be able to offer some insight towards that. I’m wondering if there are other support groups that you know of for spouses dealing with a husband or wife with PTSD; what kind of support, if any, are provided by military communities? Is more support like this needed?

We could chat via email or by phone, whichever is easier for you.

 Thank you for your time.

 Kind Regards,

Jennifer”

The difficult part is that she is in Germany and we are in California and the small amount of time we have to speak in person is limited.  This would have been my preference but it might not work out the way I wanted and we might have to settle for doing it electronically with email.

The encouraging thing is that the subject of spouses of PTSD is where her interest lies and is willing to write about it.  Hopefully this will make more people take notice to this problem and take action to organize other support group activities other than the one I wrote about at Walter Reed.  This is a start but a very small one since the group at Walter Reed is limited to, I believe 8 women at a time.   

Always keep in mind we are open 24 hours a day 365 days a year and we only deal with PTSD issues.  We never criticize, censure, or demand anything from you except your honesty and feelings about this terrible issue.