Speak out; Save Lives. Medal of Honor Recipients talk about PTSD

When we talk about being “Army Strong,”  it sometimes sounds a bit cliche. Nevertheless, it holds true to its meaning. One of aspect of what it means to be Army Strong is that you are human. And like all humans you need help sometimes, so be strong enough (and smart enough) to identify when you need it and go out and get it.

Medal of Honor recipient and Vietnam veteran Paul “Bud” Bucca said that, “anyone who has been to the gates of hell suffers from PTS [post traumatic stress].”

Paul W. Bucha, Medal of Honor recipient,Captain, U.S. Army Company D, 3rd Battalion, 187th Infantry, 3rd Brigade, 101st Airborne Division

Bucca and other Medal of Honor recipients have joined together in a campaign that seeks to draw attention to the effects of the increasing demands on our Armed Forces and to encourage our servicemembers to speak up and get help.

Stress can manifest itself in countless different ways, many of which can and will have long term repercussions on our physical and emotional health.  EVERYONE in our Army Family has been affected by the past 10 years of persistent conflict – you don’t have to have been deployed to feel the stress or to become depressed. Whether it’s PTS or PTSD from your past deployment, or depression as a result of increased work demands, moves, etc., the true test of inner strength is how you responds to these challenges.

Choose to be Army Strong, and reach out for help. Talk to someone you trust, or turn to one of the many Army, DoD or public resources available to help you conquer your unique challenges. A few good places to start include:

– Real Warriors Campaign

www.realwarriors.net

(A Defense Centers for Excellence Initiative – website includes lots of information on available resources for Soldiers and Family members)

- Suicide Prevention Lifeline

1-800-273-TALK (8255)

http://www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org/

(A free, 24-hour hotline available to anyone in suicidal crisis or emotional distress)