- One in 10 Canadian vets of the Afghan war is diagnosed with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.*
- 15.5 per cent of Canadian vets who served in the former Yugoslavia were diagnosed with PTSD.
- 14,372 clients of Veterans Affairs Canada receive disability benefits for PTSD.
I remember the men and women
Who, while serving our country, are injured with the invisible wound called PTSD.
Who continue to serve, in spite of the pain, the trauma, and the torment of their injury.
Who can no longer serve, as the wound is too deep, too painful, too debilitating.
I remember the need for proper treatment
For those who have a diagnosis of PTSD; and, for those who do not yet.
For those who have accessed help, but haven’t responded to treatment; and, for those who haven’t found the treatment that works for them.
For those who have been unable to access treatment and for those who have been denied it.
For those who wait for help to come.
I remember the losses
The mental stability.
The dignity because the stigma and the shame of PTSD are real.
The loss of hope, of purpose, and of passion for life.
I remember the supporters
The behind-the-scenes people.
The forgotten warriors.
Wives, husbands, partners, children, parents, friends, and other caregivers.
You know who you are.
Please, remember them too.
The sheer grit, determination, and courage it takes to overcome trauma. I remember this well.
Today, I remember all who serve, suffer and live.
Today, I choose to remember the living.
What is PTSD?
*Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is a psychological response to intense, overwhelming traumatic events, especially life-threatening ones. Traumatic events include: war, accident, natural disaster, childhood abuse, sexual assault, crime, and more. Symptoms include: intrusive memories (flashbacks), nightmares, hypervigilence, avoidance of triggers, emotional outbursts, and more. Depression, anxiety, addictions, and suicidal ideation commonly accompany the disorder. For a complete explanation see Veterans Affairs Canada website.
One in 10 Canadian vets of Aghan war diagnosed with PTSD. The Globe and Mail. January 22, 2016.