Thursday , 26 April 2018

The Realities of PTSD

By Christine Hockin-Boyd, Community Lifeline Center

Recently, the wife of a veteran and their three children came to the Community Lifeline Center to request help with making rent payments.  As she visited with the caseworker, though, it became obvious to the professional that this woman was dealing with a larger problem.  It was very difficult for the woman to express all that was upsetting.  She focused on the past and had a hard time explaining what had gone terribly wrong in the present.

Married for 15 years, the couple had a strong marriage.  The family traveled to stay together whenever they could, and the wife worked part time jobs at various commissaries until he served as part of the Global War on Terrorism.  Home for less than a year and retired from the military, the husband had been working, BUT he continues to struggle with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.  Two days before the wife’s visit to the CLC, the husband pulled a gun on her and was now in jail, charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. 

The Community Lifeline Center was able to help this client in several ways.  The wife did receive financial assistance to help pay her rent.  She was given referrals for advocacy and mental health resources for herself and her children.  They needed help to cope with the confusion, guilt, panic, and sadness all were feeling.

Following her visits to the CLC, this client called the caseworker to let her know that the husband has been released from jail and admitted to the VA hospital for a 90 day PTSD program.  The wife hopes he will get the help he needs so that she can have her husband back and reunite her family.  She is thankful that the CLC gave her the lifeline she and her children needed.

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