Friday, December 11, 2020

106 members of the House want to toss out veterans votes!

Georgia 616,527
Michigan 520,129
Wisconsin, 315,574
Pennsylvania 710,375

You risked your lives to defend this country and now these 106 members of congress's are trying to take away your votes!
Are they calling their own election illigetimate too?
How does this make you feel?
What are you going to do about it?


All 50 states have officially certified the results of the 2020 presidential election as of this week, reaffirming what has been known for over a month now: Joe Biden will be the next president of the United States.

And yet, on Thursday, 106 Republican members of Congress signed an amicus brief asking the Supreme Court to allow the state of Texas to file a lawsuit that seeks to invalidate the election results in the states of Georgia, Michigan, Wisconsin, and Pennsylvania, all of which President Donald Trump lost.

Rep. Bradley Byrne of Alabama’s 1st Congressional District
Rep. Mo Brooks of Alabama’s 5th Congressional District
Rep. Gary Palmer of Alabama’s 6th Congressional District
Rep. Andy Biggs of Arizona’s 5th Congressional District
Rep. Debbie Lesko of Arizona’s 8th Congressional District
Rep. Rick Crawford of Arkansas’s 1st Congressional District
Rep. Bruce Westerman of Arkansas’s 4th Congressional District
Rep. Doug LaMalfa of California’s 1st Congressional District
Rep. Tom McClintock of California’s 4th Congressional District
Rep. Ken Calvert of California’s 42nd Congressional District
Rep. Ken Buck of Colorado’s 4th Congressional District
Rep. Doug Lamborn of Colorado’s 5th Congressional District
Rep. Matt Gaetz of Florida’s 1st Congressional District
Rep. Neal P. Dunn of Florida’s 2nd Congressional District
Rep. Ted S. Yoho of Florida’s 3rd Congressional District
Rep. John Rutherford of Florida’s 4th Congressional District
Rep. Michael Waltz of Florida’s 6th Congressional District
Rep. Daniel Webster of Florida’s 11th Congressional District
Rep. Gus Bilirakis of Florida’s 12th Congressional District
Rep. Ross Spano of Florida’s 15th Congressional District
Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart of Florida’s 25th Congressional District
Rep. Earl L. “Buddy” Carter of Georgia’s 1st Congressional District
Rep. Drew Ferguson of Georgia’s 3rd Congressional District
Rep. Austin Scott of Georgia’s 8th Congressional District
Rep. Rick W. Allen of Georgia’s 12th Congressional District
Rep. Russ Fulcher of Idaho’s 1st Congressional District
Rep. Mike Simpson of Idaho’s 2nd Congressional District
Rep. Mike Bost of Illinois’s 12th Congressional District
Rep. Darin LaHood of Illinois’s 18th Congressional District
Rep. Jim Banks of Indiana’s 3rd Congressional District
Rep. James R. Baird of Indiana’s 4th Congressional District
Rep. Trey Hollingsworth of Indiana’s 9th Congressional District
Rep. Steve King of Iowa’s 4th Congressional District
Rep. Roger Marshall of Kansas’s 1st Congressional District
Rep. Ron Estes of Kansas’s 4th Congressional District
Rep. Steve Scalise of Louisiana’s 1st Congressional District
Rep. Clay Higgins of Louisiana’s 3rd Congressional District
Rep. Mike Johnson of Louisiana’s 4th Congressional District
Rep. Ralph Abraham of Louisiana’s 5th Congressional District
Rep. Andy Harris of Maryland’s 1st Congressional District
Rep. Jack Bergman of Michigan’s 1st Congressional District
Rep. Bill Huizenga of Michigan’s 2nd Congressional District
Rep. John Moolenaar of Michigan’s 4th Congressional District
Rep. Tim Walberg of Michigan’s 7th Congressional District
Rep. Tom Emmer of Minnesota’s 6th Congressional District
Rep. Trent Kelly of Mississippi’s 1st Congressional District
Rep. Michael Guest of Mississippi’s 3rd Congressional District
Rep. Ann Wagner of Missouri’s 2nd Congressional District
Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer of Missouri’s 3rd Congressional District
#50 - Rep. Vicky Hartzler of Missouri’s 4th Congressional District
Rep. Sam Graves of Missouri’s 6th Congressional District
Rep. Jason Smith of Missouri’s 8th Congressional District
Rep. Greg Gianforte of Montana’s at-large congressional district
Rep. Adrian Smith of Nebraska’s 3rd Congressional District
Rep. Lee Zeldin of New York’s 1st Congressional District
Rep. Elise Stefanik of New York’s 21st Congressional District
Rep. Gregory Murphy of North Carolina’s 3rd Congressional District
Rep. Virginia Foxx of North Carolina’s 5th Congressional District
Rep. Dan Bishop of North Carolina’s 9th Congressional District
Rep. David Rouzer of North Carolina’s 7th Congressional District
Rep. Richard Hudson of North Carolina’s 8th Congressional District
Rep. Ted Budd of North Carolina’s 13th Congressional District
Rep. Jeff Fortenberry of Nebraska’s 1st Congressional District
Rep. Brad Wenstrup of Ohio’s 2nd Congressional District
Rep. Jim Jordan of Ohio’s 4th Congressional District
Rep. Robert E. Latta of Ohio’s 5th Congressional District
Rep. Bill Johnson of Ohio’s 6th Congressional District
Rep. Bob Gibbs of Ohio’s 7th Congressional District
Rep. Kevin Hern of Oklahoma’s 1st Congressional District
Rep. Markwayne Mullin of Oklahoma’s 2nd Congressional District
Rep. Dan Meuser of Pennsylvania’s 9th Congressional District
Rep. Scott Perry of Pennsylvania’s 10th Congressional District
Rep. Fred Keller of Pennsylvania’s 12th Congressional District
Rep. John Joyce of Pennsylvania’s 13th Congressional District
Rep. Guy Reschenthaler of Pennsylvania’s 14th Congressional District
Rep. Glenn Thompson of Pennsylvania’s 15th Congressional District
Rep. Mike Kelly of Pennsylvania’s 16th Congressional District
Rep. Tim Burchett of Tennessee’s 2nd Congressional District
Rep. Chuck Fleischmann of Tennessee's 3rd Congressional District
Rep. John Rose of Tennessee’s 6th Congressional District
Rep. Mark Green of Tennessee’s 7th Congressional District
Rep. David Kustoff of Tennessee’s 8th Congressional District
Rep. Louie Gohmert of Texas’s 1st Congressional District
Rep. Dan Crenshaw of Texas’s 2nd Congressional District
Rep. Lance Gooden of Texas’s 5th Congressional District
Rep. Ron Wright of Texas’s 6th Congressional District
Rep. Kevin Brady of Texas’s 8th Congressional District
Rep. Mike Conaway of Texas’s 11th Congressional District
Rep. Randy Weber of Texas’s 14th Congressional District
Rep. Bill Flores of Texas’s 17th Congressional District
Rep. Kenny Marchant of Texas’s 24th Congressional District
Rep. Roger Williams of Texas’s 25th Congressional District
Rep. Michael C. Burgess of Texas’s 26th Congressional District
Rep. Michael Cloud of Texas’s 27th Congressional District
Rep. Joe Wilson of South Carolina’s 2nd Congressional District
Rep. Jeff Duncan of South Carolina’s 3rd Congressional District
Rep. William Timmons of South Carolina’s 4th Congressional District
Rep. Ralph Norman of South Carolina’s 5th Congressional District
Rep. Tom Rice of South Carolina’s 7th Congressional District
#100 - Rep. Rob Wittman of Virginia’s 1st Congressional District
Rep. Ben Cline of Virginia’s 6th Congressional District
Rep. Dan Newhouse of Washington’s 4th Congressional District
Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers of Washington’s 5th Congressional District
Rep. Alex X. Mooney of West Virginia’s 2nd Congressional District
Rep. Carol D. Miller of West Virginia’s 3rd Congressional District
#106 - Rep. Tom Tiffany of Wisconsin’s 7th Congressional District

Tuesday, December 8, 2020

PTSD did not defeat you yet...don't let it now

PTSD Patrol
Kathie Costos
December 8, 2020

There seems to be some confusion on spiritual healing. It is not a matter of going to church or thinking that you are supposed to be "sinless" or perfect.

If you read the Bible at all, you'll know that it is full of a people who screwed up in their lives and yet God used them to make miracles happen.

The fact that you survived something that could have killed you, is a miracle in itself, but too many think it is punishment for something you did wrong...and God sent it to you. How do you pray or talk to God if you think He did it to you? You can't but you can turn to Him once you understand that is not the way it happened.

Every heartache, every doubt you ever had, was something that Jesus knew all too well. He also knew what it was like to be betrayed by those you trusted. To do the right thing and then have people turn away from you, as much as He understood what it was like to feel abandoned by God.

Even as the Son of God, He still asked for help from other people. What makes you so different that you think you shouldn't ask for help too, especially if PTSD hit you because of your job?

It doesn't matter if you screwed up in your life, you can start making a miracle in your own life so you can turn around and begin one in the life of someone else.

Ephesians 6:10-18 New International Version
The Armor of God
10 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. 11 Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. 12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. 13 Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. 14 Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, 15 and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. 16 In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. 17 Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.

18 And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people.
So if you think you cannot talk to someone here on earth, then talk to Him.  He doesn't want to hear words you read out a book or just repeat something that is not from your heart. He can actually hear what is in your heart, so speak to Him from there and tell Him you are turning to Him for help.
read more here

Sunday, December 6, 2020

I Am Broken Too

Copied from my other site, PTSD Patrol because after all these years on Wounded Times, it shows why I gave up working exclusively with veterans and their never meant anything to people I know.....

PTSD Patrol
Kathie Costos
December 6, 2020

I am so pissed off right now my head is ready to explode! This is not going to be one of those cheery post with a chair dancing song, I picked I Am Broken Too by Killswich Engage for this reason.

I was on Facebook and a veteran friend of mine I've known for decades, posted about "22 veterans committing suicide today" and I flipped out! After 38 years of posting, tracking, treating veterans spiritually, educating and advocating, it meant nothing! Over 500 videos on YouTube, 3 books and way too many posts to count on Wounded Times along with my older sites and I had to read something like this from someone I know? WTF!

If you need help, veteran, family member or anyone dealing with PTSD, I know what it is like to feel lost and alone. I know what PTSD does as a survivor of over 10 events. What it was like for my veteran husband and what it was like for the veterans whose lives I saved! Above all, I know what it is like to need help and NOT FIND IT! So yes, I've been broken, beaten down and still willing to do the best I can everyday because this is something that is in my DNA after all these years.

If you need help, email me or call me 407-754-7526. Read the posts on PTSD Patrol and Wounded Times.

You carry this weight trying to cover your mistakes
To make it seem like nothing could ever break you
But I see right through, 'cause I am broken too
In all the same places as you
And if you needed proof, I'll reopen my wounds
Reopen my wounds, yeah
I see myself in you (in you)
I know you can make it through
If you needed proof, I'll reopen my wounds
In all the right places for you
So now you see the truth that you are broken too
I'll reopen my wounds for you
I keep making the same mistakes, just to feel alive again
It's the only way to break on through
So stop numbing all the pain
'Cause it just won't go away (won't go away)
If you only knew how much I needed you
And if you needed proof, I'll reopen my wounds (my wounds)
In all the right places for you
I can see the truth 'cause I am broken too
I am broken too (broken just like you)

Source: LyricFind
Songwriters: Adam Dutkiewicz / Jesse Leach / Joel Stroetzel / Justin Foley / Mike D'Antonio
I Am Broken Too lyrics © BMG Rights Management, Kobalt Music Publishing Ltd. 

Sunday, November 29, 2020

How can music help you heal PTSD?

PTSD Patrol
Kathie Costos
November 29, 2020

Oh, give me the beat boys, and free my soul
I want to get lost in your rock and roll and drift away
Beginning to think that I'm wastin' time
I don't understand the things I do
The world outside looks so unkind
So I'm countin' on you to carry me through
If you haven't guessed by now, the feature video on PTSD Patrol is Dobie Gray Drift Away.

Hopefully by now, with all the music being shared, you've noticed how you mood does change, even if it is just for a little while. This is why music therapy works on PTSD. It takes your mind away from your problems and helps to teach your body to calm down again.

This is one of the best songs to explain that.
Remember, it is your life...get in and drive it. #BreakTheSilence and #TakeBackYourLife from #PTSD

go to PTSD Patrol for the rest of this

Friday, November 27, 2020

PTSD does not mean you are broken....

Wounded Times and PTSD Patrol
Kathie Costos
November 27, 2020

Today I noticed that Wounded Times is still getting about 1,000 hits a day after months of not posting on it. That tells me the need to find this work, is still there. While I have been focusing on everyone with PTSD since June, I keep getting reminders that our veterans are not getting what they need to heal. One more reminder came Tuesday when I received a phone call from someone working with veterans. 

As we were talking, the sadness took over because he was having a hard time facing the fact that his work was hard to find too. So much nonsense out there getting in the way of what works, and what can change lives, more and more people are giving up. We're not! We are not giving up because as heartbreaking as it is to know how much suffering there is out there, the feeling we get when lives are changed, is so worth whatever price we have to pay with our own emotions.

I know first hand that life can change for the better. My husband knows that. All the veterans I've worked with over all these years, know that. I just wish everyone knew that.

So today, the daily video on PTSD Patrol is featuring Jon Bon Jovi Unbroken. If you are a veteran, you are not broken and you are not the problem. If you are a person trying to heal PTSD, you are not broken either. No one is really broken, a little dented, OK, but not broken.

I was born to be of service
Basic training felt like home
I had honor, I found purpose
Sir, yes, sir, that's what I know
They sent us to a place
I'd never heard of weeks before
When you're 19, it ain't hard to sleep
In the desert on God's floor
Close your eyes, stop counting sheep
You ain't in prison anymore
We were taught to shoot our rifles
Men and women side by side
Thought we'd be met as liberators
In a thousand-year-old fight
I got this painful ringing in my ear
From an IED last night
But no lead-lined Humvee war machine
Could save my sergeant's life
Three more soldiers, six civilians
Need these words to come out right
God of mercy, God of light
Save your children from this life
Hear these words, this humble plea
For I have seen the suffering
And with this prayer I'm hoping
That we can be unbroken
It's eighteen months now I've been back now
With this medal on my chest
But there are things I can't remember
And there are things I won't forget
I lie awake at night
With dreams the devil shouldn't see
I wanna scream but I can't breathe
And, Christ, I'm sweating through these sheets
Where's my brothers? Where's my country?
Where's my how-things-used-to-be?
God of mercy, God of light
Save your children from this life
Hear these words, this humble plea
For I have seen the suffering
And with this prayer I'm hoping
That we can be unbroken
My service dog's done more for me
Than the medication would
There ain't no angel that's coming to save me
But even if they could
Today twenty-two will die from suicide
Just like yesterday, they're gone
I live my life for each tomorrow
So their memories will live on
Once we were boys and we were strangers
Now we're brothers and we're men
Someday you'll ask me "Was it worth it
To be of service in the end?"
Well, the blessing and the curse is
Yeah, I'll do it all again

Source: LyricFind
Songwriters: Jon Bon Jovi
Unbroken lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group 

Wednesday, July 29, 2020

Wounded Times filmed the original push up fundraiser

Wounded Times
Kathie Costos
July 29, 2020

As stated when I stopped publishing daily on Wounded Times, it would be updated at will.

This is why, after 38 years, I was forced to give up trying to help veterans! Dealing with this #FUBAR is BS!

In 2012, the Veterans’ Administration (VA) released a Suicide Data Report that found an average of 22 veterans die by suicide everyday. The 22KILL initiative started in 2013, at first just as a social media movement to raise awareness, and later became an official 501(c)3 nonprofit organization in July of 2015.
Keep in mind that I have done all this work for no financial support. I was actually losing money for the last several years and I didn't care. The goal was to help them heal and give them hope. Groups like that one, robbed them of that.

Aside from the investigations this site did, not just proving the number itself was fictitious, it did not help veterans learn why they should stay alive. 

Countless articles and videos later, veterans were having a harder time finding people like me. I was ready to deal with the hatred I found when I addressed this online. So were a lot of other people.

Task and Purpose writer Carl Forsling took a good look at this group back in August of 2016.

Likewise, awareness doesn’t do much. You can know a problem exists. That doesn’t mean you are any closer to solving the problem. There are a lot of diseases and societal issues with different color ribbons and special days for awareness, but not a lot of solutions. Veterans dying by suicide has been all over the news since the Department of Veterans Affairs scandal broke in April 2014.

Some might say that awareness of veteran suicide might help prevent more suicides. How? How many hashtags and social media posts identify warning signs to look for in friends and coworkers? How many identify resources for veterans in distress to seek help? How many explain that the latest report found of the 20 veterans a day who died by suicide in 2014, 65% of them were 50 years of age or older?

In fact, the 22 Pushups Challenge may have actually hindered solving the problem of veteran suicide. If people think they’ve done their part to help by just posting to social media and don’t follow up with actually doing something to help veterans, then an opportunity to achieve real change has been squandered. Awareness is nice, but action is essential. 
So now I'm going to give you best reason of all. No matter how many other videos I did on PTSD and suicide, this was the top one. 

It went up in 2012 and has been viewed 68,557 times as of right now, 12:14 July 29, 2020. It went up on September 15, 2012.

In June of 2020, after a "friend" and I recorded a radio show, all he wanted to talk about was groups using raising awareness that veterans were killing themselves and the stupid number. That was the beginning of the end for me.

By July, I had given up my work with Point Man and my tax exempt. I closed my bank account and turned in the keys to my post office box.

After surviving traumatic events over 10 times as a civilian, along with my research on PTSD, I decided that it would be better for everyone if I focused on everyone dealing with PTSD. With over 8 million Americans struggling, the pandemic, recession, protests and financial struggles, it is going to get worse for everyone.

The truth is, since I was ahead of everyone on veterans with PTSD, what it was doing to families like mine, ahead of the rise in suicides before anyone was putting any of it together, ahead on the necessity to address the mind-body and spirit, along with everything else, getting ahead on this one, was just one more in a series of foresight.  

Wednesday, June 17, 2020

PTSD Hero After War

Wounded Times
Kathie Costos
June 17, 2020

Hero After War
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder is nothing to be ashamed of. It is because you put your life on the line and felt it more than others that you suffer today. The good news is, you can change again and heal to live a better life. I am uploading some of my older videos and pray they help you too!

PTSD Grieving and Healing

Wounded Times
Kathie Costos
June 17, 2020

PTSD I Grieve 
This video won and award from the IFOC. It was intended for National Guard and Reservists, but Chaplains were using it with Police Officers and Firefighters.

National Guardsmen and Reservists have the same wounds as active duty troops but they come back home without the same support. They grieve just as much but for many, they are also risking their lives as police officers and firefighters. Vietnam veterans have been healing from what their service did to them and they know what it is to grieve. Combat PTSD is different from other types. We only know about this wound of war because they fought for everything available today for all veterans. If you have PTSD understand this one message. You are not stuck the way you are and your life can get better. PTSD caused the change in you. Change again!