A year or two ago, I posted here words about a song on a subject close to my heart: Post-Traumatic Stress Injury. Today I’m posting it again, as originally written. I can’t improve on what I wrote some time ago:
A friend sent me the URL for a video from Canada about soldiers in the aftermath of war suffering, and sometimes dying, from Post-Traumatic Stress Injury (PTSI).
The video calls it “Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder” (PTSD). As long-time readers of this blog know, I use the word “injury” instead of “disorder” because the illness is the result of an external wound to the psyche, not the mind simply having gone awry. I suffer from it from my thirteen years involved in Vietnam during the war. I always will.
The importance of the video derives from understanding what happens to the human soul when it is subjected to the unspeakable horrors of combat. One of my life missions is to help Americans understand the ghastliness of combat so that they can better decide about going to war, knowing what it will do to the young men and women on the battlefield.
The video made me cry. I hope it will make you cry, too. Maybe, working together, we can reach out to our young soldiers and Marines and help them survive their soul-destroying memories.
View the video at https://www.youtube.com/embed/Wq0X0bwMprQ?feature=player_embedded
End of quote. If you reacted as I did to the video, please add comments here. The more of us that try to get people to understand this malady, the better.