There are so many issues that can crop up after a military service member has returned from deployment in a war zone—stress, relationship issues, depression, anger, substance abuse and PTSD. Many service members, especially those who are still in the military, may not seek help due to the stigma related to mental health treatment. There is a web site sponsored by the Department of Defense Military Health System (MHS) called afterdeployment.org who’s mission it is to assist military members, veterans and families with mental health issues in an on-line environment.
Site developers project new content in the coming year to include information and interactive exercises addressing relationship issues, children and deployments, traumatic brain injury, warrior and family resilience, veterans’ concerns, women’s issues, partner difficulties, and domestic problems.
To view a an overview video of the afterdeployment site, click here.
Sam’s medical status:
Good Evening All,
When our kids are small, it is very easy to tell them whatever we’d like them to know. I remember when I was managing a Taco Bell in the 80’s, I told the boys that there were Mexican Dragons living in the dumpster enclosure behind my store. We had an early rendition of the commercial trash compactor, so I could hit the button and it would noisily cycle through it’s process and that is when we’d run out and say, “They’re waking up”! The boys would be wide eyed and would have sworn to all that there were truly dragons in there. They simply believed it because I told them it was so…That is child like faith…Total trust, total confidence in it’s source, and total commitment to it’s validity. Jesus said; “I tell you the truth, Anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child, will never enter it”… Jesus wasn’t referring to their chronological ages; he was referring to that total belief without reservation or agenda, the acceptance of Jesus into their hearts as Savior and Healer…Well, I get to witness that kind of faith weekly when I visit Sam and Erin…It is not an automatic assumption that an injury such as Sam’s results in finding God….there are several examples that I can recount, of injuries similar to Sam’s that the families are not standing in faith for their loved ones. And, the stand is not easy…Sam and Erin are bombarded daily with well meaning scientific facts, numbers, and theories of why he is progressing or why he is not. I’m happy to say that this information is carefully weighed and measured and that decisions are then based on how this info is lined up with the Word of God….We know that God uses the medical profession just as he uses his supernatural power of healing depending on what pleases him to do at the moment…after all he is sovereign…I thought you would like to see them as they were when they were accepting things taught by their parents with the wide eyed wonderment…They are darling…and then now when they are again accepting things on faith; believing on the evidence of things they have not yet seen…Erin was trying to make him look at the camera she was holding, but he only wanted to look at her that day…notice his half smile…Both are precious…
Erin reports that Sam is getting back to the point in his rehabilitation before the seizure scare of a few months ago…She said one day this past week he reacted like someone had flipped a switch. He became chatty once again, and his conversation was very astute and accurate. At about 5pm one day, Erin asked him if he knew what time it was; he answered, “early evening”…bingo! She calls it his “optimum” performance in the speech areas…Friday I listened to him recite the alphabet, the days of the week, and even a run through of Happy Birthday…While watching a playoff game the Red Sox scored and Erin said, “what do you think of that”? He responded, “those S.O.B’s”…so unexpected, but so funny…Some words are crystal clear and some are garbled, but unmistakable in context. He was told his brother is getting married soon and he covered his heart with his hand…When his Mom visited him he took her hand and kissed it twice…and of course he just melts my heart when he says, I love you, Dad…Erin wrote me an email today saying he has an elevated temperature and possibly another urinary tract infection…Ugh! Truly a step forward and then maybe one sideways…never backwards though…Let’s cover them in prayer this week and ask God to obliterate that UTI that continues to hamper his recovery…