Tuesday, March 6, 2007

Honoring Our Veterans

You may have been following the story concerning the dilapidated conditions and substandard care our veterans experience at an outpatient unit at Walter Reed Army Medical Center. One of our local authors, Glenda Carter has been following this sad and outrageous story for a much longer time and she recently sent out this note:

Greetings Everyone,

Some people have known that our government system has been lacking in many ways in the care of the wounded, both physically and emotionally, but alone have not been able to do much about it. It has always been my belief that if we are going to send people to war then we, as a nation, need to care for the results. Someone recently reminded me, again, not to pull the punches but to tell it like it is.

We have not had the social atmosphere that would encourage the 'truth' in many matters. I think often of the line in the movie "A Few Good Men" when Jack Nicholson was on the witness stand and told the young lawyer, Tom Cruise, "Truth? You want the truth? You can't handle the truth!" There are many truths that we, as a nation, have a hard time hearing.
And there are many truths that we have a hard time sharing.

I also recall the words of a Vietnam Vet that I met at Bruce’s company reunion in 2004 just a few months before my book was published. In his intoxicated state, he said, "You tell it like it is, don't you pull any punches."

So, I think this information is important to know so we can be part of the solution and not a part of the problem.

I received this link from a woman who served as a Nurse in Vietnam. She, along with many others, continues to suffer from PTSD.

She simply wrote, "I'm having a horrible time. I'm glad people are speaking up."

Some of you receiving this message understand those words without further explanation. For those of you who don't, just remember to pray for the people who continue to struggle and suffer with the silent war of PTSD.

"Emotional wounds are like physical wounds. They need to be cleaned and treated for them to heal properly." gc.

It is time to put aside the differences of our politics and take the time to raise the level of compassion. It is not only time to hear the truth but it is time to 'speak' the truths.

Please take the time to be informed and read this.

‘It is just not Walter Reed,’ one veteran says


Glenda M. Carter - Author
Sacred Shadow Sacred Ground

Two Rainbows Publishing
P.O. Box 89
North Powder, OR 97867



Glenda M. Carter became a Widow of War when her 18 yr. old husband Bruce L. Carter was killed in Vietnam on September 11, 1968.

It was over 3 decades before she began to work through the major part of the unresolved grief issues from the loss of Bruce. After receiving a diagnosis of PTSD in 2001 she began the process of healing and continues that process today.

During the first three years of her recovery, (2001-2004) she wrote and published the book, Sacred Shadow, Sacred Ground: A Vietnam War Widow's Journey Through Unresolved Grief.

Though the process has brought about healing and God's peace, Glenda realizes that PTSD is an on-going condition. She is thankful that today, there is treatment and that treatment is more visible. She is hopeful that the new generation, currently at war, will not have to wait three decades to receive treatment. She continues to be concerned about those of the Vietnam Era, who still suffer from PTSD and who still have yet to be treated. She is quick to remind people that PTSD is not just war related and encourages people to educate themselves on how to recognize, treat and live with the condition, whether it is war related or brought on by a different traumatic loss.

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