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Old 06-19-2012, 10:12 PM
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2) Grab a book called On Killing. He specifically talks about the need for decompressing with people who have been with you through these experiences. It made several people dear to me feel not so odd for having PTSD.
I read that when I got back from deployment. My only gripe is it was written by a guy who has never taken a life. Kind of hypocritical but he still relays the info well.

Anyone else getting pissed off at these ****ers lighting off firecrackers late at night?
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Old 06-19-2012, 10:41 PM
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I read that when I got back from deployment. My only gripe is it was written by a guy who has never taken a life. Kind of hypocritical but he still relays the info well.

Anyone else getting pissed off at these ****ers lighting off firecrackers late at night?
I hear you man, the crap is getting old, was over at the girlfriend's having a cookout with some friends when they started lighting them off, thought for sure it was some drug cartel death squad going to town down the street, probably would have dove for cover in that first second but the fractured ankle slowed me down enough for the mind to catch up to what was going on.
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Old 06-19-2012, 11:31 PM
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I hear you man, the crap is getting old, was over at the girlfriend's having a cookout with some friends when they started lighting them off, thought for sure it was some drug cartel death squad going to town down the street, probably would have dove for cover in that first second but the fractured ankle slowed me down enough for the mind to catch up to what was going on.
**** is no joke. Before I got out we were at my buddy's house grilling and drinking. He thought it would be funny to throw those small poppers at us. Scared us at first but nothing to run for cover you know. Then he thought it would be better (we were drunk) to throw a firecracker at our feet. We learned after the first one that it had definitely been overboard and it never happened again.
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Old 06-21-2012, 2:19 PM
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If you're active duty still, go to medical and get help/get the symptoms documented at least.
If you're seperated already, go to the VA and/or local VA Vet Center and start getting help/getting it documented.

It won't just 'go away' with time. You should get help and if you think you don't need to pursure help at this time, at least go in and get it documented for the day when you will decide to get help for it/VA compensation.

PTSD typically doesnt pay out any lower than 30% disability compensation is you are working and pays 50% or more if you are not working. You're leaving a lot of money on the table by not getting the signs and symptoms documented, getting help from VA/military hospital and eventually starting a compensation and pension claim.
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Old 06-21-2012, 2:46 PM
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I definitely recommend you get it documented so you can get compensated for it!!! Don't think of it as taking a handout, you EARNED that by your service and sacrifices! Not to mention, once you get the diagnosis, you can get help and start healing!!!!! It does get better, but only if you seek help and are proactive in your exercises. You owe it to your friends and family... they want to see you healthy and active again, and I am sure you would want the same thing. There will always be bad days, but who doesn't have those? Just keep your chin up and do what ever it takes to get healthy again.

I see an accupuncturist every 2-4 weeks for soem treatments. She does some needle patches inside the upper ear lobe that help with PTSD and stress. Look for other ways to find relaxation too; massage, workout, walk around the block, fishing, etc... Staying active is the best advice I can give you. Hope this helps!!
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