Breakaway Patriot- “The Homecoming” Click highlighted text for video clip documentary…interviews with warriors…
Short Summary… Quoted from website…
“2 million men and women have served in Iraq and Afghanistan. When these men and women come home, they’re integrated into society with broken lenses. The average age of today’s veteran is 22 years young. Most of these men and women were fighting in a war before they were even allowed to drink a beer in their own country. Our video will feature actual veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan. They will be displaying customized messages straight from their hearts throughout the video.”
The combat veteran’s homecoming can be highly painful, and mostly invisible to others. Veterans often suffer in silence. Warriors, including family members, do not always understand or are in denial of the symptoms of Post Traumatic Stress (PTS). Many veterans do not share their pain or admit to being diagnosed with PTSD for fear that the stigma of a mental health issue will keep them from getting a job or they are simply proud veterans and do not want to show weakness. As a US Navy veteran from the Vietnam era, I was diagnosed with a non-combat related mental health disability resulting from growing up in a toxic home as a post WWII military child. Children and families of warriors can suffer right along with a returning soldier struggling with readjustment and PTSD, and take on the same symptoms referred to as secondary PTSD or complex PTSD. The compounded symptomatic conditions of life after trauma on family members has created a epidemic of post war trauma sufferers and survivors in America and around the globe. It is critical for combat veterans and their loved loves to be aware on the consequences of not seeking treatment or being in denial.
Alternative treatment strategies such as mindfulness or meditation techniques vs. prescription drugs and alcohol, are proving to be highly effective when treatment becomes a way of life and a journey of healing. Healing from PTSD is often a work in progress that can last a lifetime… On-going treatment strategies for the family as a whole can be very beneficial and offer relief and peace of mind from the horrors of war and the post war trauma connected with PTSD as it affects the entire family.
The included music production and video documentary of veteran interviews is a way to offer trauma victims more awareness and encourages treatment sooner than later. Listen to the music and hear from selected warriors in the documentary to help you and your family find your own path of healing from the challenges in life after war and readjustment.
Steve Sparks is a retired information technology sales and marketing executive with over 35 years of industry experience, including a Bachelors’ in Management from St. Mary’s College. His creative outlet is as a non-fiction author, writing about his roots as a post-WWII US Navy military child growing up in the 1950s-1960s.