You know the fact that this community exists shows that there is a real prob lem with getting help for those that need it. The fact that it has been inactive for over two years is worse.

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Hello! My name is Nell Robinson. I wanted to let you know my new album, "The Rose of No-Man's Land", is available now. Through letters, poetry and music, I share the story of my family’s experiences of dealing with military service from the revolutionary war to the present, exploring the human cost and impact of service. My motivation from the album came from to desire to understand my own family's participation in war for 250 years. I've also been working alongside local organizations to raise funds and awareness for veterans’ healthcare. I’d love you to take a listen to some of the songs. I hope you enjoy them - my album is available to purchase on both iTunes and Amazon. 
 
iTunes: http://bit.ly/1sdBAgJ

Amazon: http://amzn.to/1Ab8fOd

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E.A.S. Up
E.A.S. Up
breakingtheco-de.com

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This is the official report.  It seems that the VA doesn't seem to think it is important to measure the effectiveness of their PTSD Treatment or The Clinical Staff who provides  the therapy and medications. Don't believe me? Read this report by the IOM!

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Changing The Stigma
Changing The Stigma
breakingtheco-de.com

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It Isn't About What's Wrong!
It Isn't About What's Wrong!
breakingtheco-de.com

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PTSD does not have to be a life sentence.
 
After participating in Desert Storm as a gunner on a Bradley Infantry Fighting Vehicle in the Army, my life started to go to pieces. My marriage was falling apart, I hated myself, I had no friends and my dreams terrified me so badly that I hated to go to sleep at night. I poured myself into my job as a pipefitter to try and divert my attention. I was too afraid to ask for help because of the stigma attached to soldiers with mental problems. I didn’t want to be labeled “one of those people.” After nearly going through with suicide, I realized that I needed a change. The only thing that had stopped my attempt at suicide was that my daughter had come home when I thought she was to be gone. I couldn’t let her be the one to find me. I just wanted the pain to stop.
By shear chance something new did come into my life that relieved my emotional pain, let me take out my frustrations in a constructive way, and helped with start feeling something, besides the emotional pain again. You may laugh, but it was Hand Drumming. I didn't want to try that airy fairy new-age crap at first, but when I got roped into trying it, at the end of the night, I felt calmer than I had been in years. The next day, I signed up for classes from a local instructor and couldn't believe how it took the edge off. After a couple of years, I realized that most of my worst symptoms were now manageable. My teacher had me start working with the beginners. My students would come to drum class saying wow, I couldn't wait to get to my weekly therapy. I realized that others were having similar effects that I was. These were just hard working folks that needed to relieve their stress from daily lives.
After 10 years of drumming and seeing how it helped everyone that would take the chance and try it, I got the chance to go back to college under a VA vocational rehabilitation. When they ask me what I wanted to study, I said music for PTSD. They thought I was crazy, but now after getting my BA in Mind/Body Medicine and Psychology, I can say that there is a solid science behind it. I turned my thesis paper into book to show all the empirical studies that have proven that something as simple as hand drumming can REVERSE the effects of PTSD. It is not a quick fix, but it is a permanent one. I have now turned passion for drumming with PTSD clients into a business, my life is back on track, I found the love of my life and I am happier than I have ever been.
There is hope. PTSD does not have to be a life sentence. Take the chance. Choose to heal.

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Veteran with ptsd wrongly terminated after being placed in hostile situation. Please read the story and share!

http://ireport.cnn.com/docs/DOC-1062019
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