Transportation

Transportation

Air Compassion for Veterans – www.aircompassionforveterans.org Wounded warriors and their families are provided FREE medically related flights. Hero Miles http://www.fisherhouse.org/programs/hero-miles Wounded, injured, and ill service members on approved leave may be given a round trip airline ticket for a trip from the … Continued
Physical Symptoms

Physical Symptoms

(Excerpt from The Endless Journey Home by Specialist Joe Collins) Headaches Stomach problems Changes in breathing patterns (i.e. shortness of breath) Lack of energy OR Sometimes being very active and over-energetic Sleep problems Feeling of emotional pain that you have never … Continued
Psychological Symptoms

Psychological Symptoms

(Excerpt from The Endless Journey Home by Specialist Joe Collins) Mood swings Memory problems Addiction/Self Medication Loss of personal hygiene/housekeeping Risk taking behavior Isolation Depression (thinking “what’s the point”) Paranoid thoughts PTSD symptoms usually do not begin to surface until 3-6 … Continued
Sleep Problems

Sleep Problems

(Excerpt from The Endless Journey Home by Specialist Joe Collins) Insomnia (not being able to fall asleep or stay asleep) Having nightmares Waking up covered in sweat Kicking during sleep Constantly waking up and falling back asleep, possibly due to bad … Continued
Isolation

Isolation

(Excerpt from The Endless Journey Home by Specialist Joe Collins) Early Stages: The individual will begin to slowly start cutting himself or herself off from society. These symptoms can be shown by a lack of wanting to go out to social … Continued
Hypersensitivity

Hypersensitivity

(Excerpt from The Endless Journey Home by Specialist Joe Collins) Hypersensitivity and anxiety usually go hand-in-hand. The most common symptoms are sensitivity to bright light, loud noises, large crowds, unfamiliar places and/or being easily startled. At first these symptoms may appear … Continued
Memory Problems

Memory Problems

(Excerpt from The Endless Journey Home by Specialist Joe Collins) Memory problems are probably the most commonly shared symptoms of PTSD sufferers. As first, memory problems may be somewhat hard to diagnose, but often it is a progressive symptom and … Continued
Suppressed Traumatic Memories

Suppressed Traumatic Memories

(Excerpt from The Endless Journey Home by Specialist Joe Collins) In many cases, when a person is exposed to a traumatic event, they will often suppress the memory of it. It is a survival mechanism built into us to help us … Continued
Mood Swings

Mood Swings

(Excerpt from The Endless Journey Home by Specialist Joe Collins) These are both common symptoms of PTSD and can be interrelated. Mood swings are very apparent and easy to notice. Usually, when it comes to PTSD and the soldier begins to … Continued
Addiction and Self Medication

Addiction and Self Medication

(Excerpt from The Endless Journey Home by Specialist Joe Collins) This is one of the most important symptoms to watch out for, and the most dangerous. If it is not caught early enough, or if the soldier is misdiagnosed, the soldier … Continued