Sunday, February 14, 2021

heal for those you love

PTSD Patrol
Kathie Costos
February 14, 2021

Cross posted from PTSD Patrol

Happy Valentine's Day! Since it is a day to celebrate love, this is a special one for those who serve and suffer for it. There is no greater love than to be willing to sacrifice for those you love. Suffering is not part of the deal and it doesn't have to be, if you consider the reason you are hurting.

The desire to serve was engrained in your soul. It comes from a place of courage and deep devotion. It is what drove you to endure the hardships that came with the job you were among the few willing to do. So why are you paying a price for it? Because the power that enabled you to do what you did, holds the same power to harm you. It is a strong emotional core that caused the desire and to feel the pain even more, but it also holds the power to help you heal PTSD.

If you were willing to die for those you willing to heal for the same reason and LIVE FOR LOVE!

Read his story and learn more about this image that a lot of people thought was fake.

Never regret what you did out of love, no matter how others treated it or you. That is not your problem. It is theirs! Most of the time, they lack the ability to love as much as you do, care as much as you do, and they also lack the ability to feel all the good emotions as deeply as you do.

Use that same strength inside of you to heal for those you love and then, live a happier life because of what you did for love! is your life...get in and drive it!

#BreakTheSilence and #TakeBackYourLife from #PTSD

I Will Live For Love
Donna Summer

There's got to be a way that I can dream
Simply close my eyes and see
The worlds I've never known
What places that my soul has been 

Sometimes I need to run away and hide
And soar above the clouds and ride
I sail along so high
Till nothing's in my sky
Except the stars that fill my eyes 

And I will live for love
Where ever it may lead
It's written from the start
I know it's face by heart
I will live for love 

I'm searching for the one who holds the key
To all this crazy life I lead
Through galaxies in time
A solitary star that joins 

Sometimes I need to close my eyes and breathe
Inhale what life's been given me
A passion to ignite
A flaming heart a' flight
I close my eyes
I breathe
I'm free 

And I will live for love
Where ever it may lead
It's written from the start
I know it's face by heart
I will live for love 

The poet must have known
A lover of his own
"Cause that is when he wrote
Everything I felt for love 

And I will fight for love in life and life in love
And I will hold to things above
I'm strong enough to slay the dragon dead and there 

I will live for love 

I'm taller than the sky
This dream will never die
So only know that I
I will live for love 

The poet must have known
A lover of his own
That is when he wrote everything I felt for love
I will ever fight
I will live for life
I will live for love

Genius Lyrics

Monday, February 8, 2021

Strange Changes: Seniors and PTSD

PTSD Patrol
Kathie Costos
February 8, 2021 

Cross Posted on Wounded Times

I am writing my 4th book and needed address something in the first chapter so that I could move onto the rest of the book, based on PTSD Patrol. The thing I needed to address was the "strange changes" I had gone through, from survivor, to advocate, to expert and all the way back to denial. I wasn't denying the reality of PTSD. I was denying I had it. You can read it on I didn't really escape surviving unscarred.

That is why today the featured video is, David Bowie, Changes. This is going up on PTSD and Wounded Times because most of the time when you have mild PTSD, you can stuff it, push it out of the way, ignore it by keeping busy, but it is still there. When you reach retirement age, it can hit you like a ton of bricks because while you convinced yourself that you were unscarred, it turns out you just let the scar fester.

It is OK to be surprised it happened, especially if no one told you it could. It is not OK to be ashamed of it, because there is nothing wrong with being a survivor. I'm OK with admitting it and you should be too.

So it is our turn to face the strange changes in us. To use all our knowledge to do what we always did without noticing...surviving this change too. We know that life comes with many changes and challenges. You don't get to reach retirement age without them. Let's face it. Just considering all the changes our bodies go through...this is just one more change.

The good news is, we have plenty of time to do something about it. Our kids are grown. We don't have to get up early and go to work and then come home exhausted after trying to keep up with younger workers and traffic jams. This is supposed to be our time to "enjoy the fruits of our labor" and not pay for having survived this long.

Spend time learning the rules of this road the same way you leaned how to drive your vehicle back in the early days. Remember what it was like to feel that sense of freedom when you were in the car for the first time by yourself? It was great...mixed with some nervousness. This is like that too but just as you became more confident in control of that'll be more confident in control of the vehicle you life on.

Remember, it is your life...get in and drive it!
#BreakTheSilence and #TakeBackYourLife from #PTSD
David Bowie

Oh, yeah
Still don't know what I was waitin' for
And my time was runnin' wild
A million dead end streets and
Every time I thought I'd got it made
It seemed the taste was not so sweet
So I turned myself to face me
But I've never caught a glimpse
How the others must see the faker
I'm much too fast to take that test
Turn and face the strange
Don't want to be a richer man
Turn and face the strange
There's gonna have to be a different man
Time may change me
But I can't trace time
Mmm, yeah
I watch the ripples change their size
But never leave the stream
Of warm impermanence
And so the days float through my eyes
But still the days seem the same
And these children that you spit on
As they try to change their worlds
Are immune to your consultations
They're quite aware of what they're goin' through
Turn and face the strange
Don't tell them to grow up and out of it
Turn and face the strange
Where's your shame?
You've left us up to our necks in it
Time may change me
But you can't trace time
Strange fascinations fascinate me 
Ah, changes are taking
The pace I'm goin' through
Turn and face the strange
Ooh, look out, you rock 'n' rollers
Turn and face the strange
Pretty soon now you're gonna get older
Time may change me
But I can't trace time
I said that time may change me
But I can't trace time

Source: LyricFind
Songwriters: David Bowie
Changes lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, BMG Rights Management, DistroKid, Tintoretto Music 

Thursday, January 14, 2021

Veterans "Continue To Serve" clean up after Washington Riot

DC veteran group works to clean up city after attack on Capitol, denounces insurrection
WUSA 9 News
Jess Arnold
January 9, 2021

Navy vet David Smith founded Continue to Serve after watching federal forces tear gas peaceful protesters. Now, his group is helping to clean after the Capitol riot.

WASHINGTON — Days after pro-Trump rioters stormed the Capitol, a group of veterans is working to clean the hate out of their beloved city.

Navy veteran David Smith is still grappling with the horrific images from Wednesday's insurrection.

“It almost brings you to tears," he said. "It’s terrible.”

He said it was especially disconcerting to hear some rioters claiming to be veterans as they broke into the citadel of democracy.

“They’re yelling 'I served!' as if somehow that gives them impunity and they can just storm the Capitol, which is not right," Smith said. "To support and defend the Constitution. That’s what we’re supposed to do, not a man, not a president, but the constitution.”

Friday, December 25, 2020

Birth in the manger and the crucifixion on the Cross

PTSD Patrol

Kathie Costos

December 25, 2020

Merry Christmas! While it seems there isn't much to be merry about this year, there is if you look for it.

Maybe you didn't get what you wanted, or you were not able to get what someone else wanted. Maybe you have so many worries that feeling as if you are supposed to be celebrating, seems like torture. How do you celebrate Christmas when it feels like just when you thought this year couldn't get any did?

HOPE! That is what Christmas is supposed to be all about. Listen to the Christmas songs we all grew up with. (Not the funny ones I've been putting up the last few days.) Did you notice that most of them are about hope?

Between the Birth in the manger and the crucifixion on the Cross, Jesus lived a life of awesomeness! We read all about His miracles, but we tend to forget how much He suffered.

He knew what it was like to be hungry.

He knew what it was like to be lonely.

He knew what it was like to feel abandoned.

He knew what it was like to be betrayed.

He knew what it was like to grieve so much He wept.

He knew what it was like to do the right things for the right reasons and be hated for them.

He knew what it was like to be called a liar.

Yet with even more evidence of His suffering, He lived His life serving others, preaching of God's love, performing miracles, giving hope to those who had forgotten what hope in their hearts felt like, and proving to them they were loved!

One of the greatest gifts He gave was teaching them the importance of forgiving.  It was not for the sake of those who hurt Him, or those who hurt you, but more about giving yourself a gift.

Jesus didn't let what others did to Him, stop Him from being true to what He knew was right. He didn't hate those He was willing to die for, even after they betrayed them. He asked His Father to forgive them, because they had no idea what they were doing.

If we hang onto those who hurt us, the wrong done to us, then we rob ourselves of all the good that could replace what is harmful to us. Forgive others and take away the power they retain in your heart. They do don't deserved to remain there. 

Understand that if you are doing the right thing, then it is their problem, not yours. If you did the wrong thing to them, apologize to them. If they accept it, then all is well. If they do not, then it is again their problem. 

If you are having a hard time forgiving, then pray for the strength to do it, because Jesus knows what it is like to be you!

Cross posted from PTSD Patrol

And if you are struggling with PTSD because you did the right thing...know that it is not God's judgement.

Thursday, December 24, 2020

It is time to start believing you should be healing!

Wounded Times
Kathie Costos
December 24, 2020

Suicide Awareness is designed for failure. The more veterans are aware of others taking their own lives, the more they believe it is hopeless to search for better days. Raise awareness that healing is a better way to live and then, more will live!

This proves that "suicide awareness" hasn't done you any good at all, but healing awareness gives you reason to hope to heal PTSD.

2020 National Veteran Suicide Prevention Annual Report
The Department of Veterans Affairs seems to imply this is good.

but the percentage went up,

and the population of veterans went down.

If you need any more evidence that "suicide awareness" has not worked, does not work and will not work, then you have no clue about much. These suicides are just from the ones they know about, but there are far more they will never count.

What is true is that therapy works and those who go to the VA are less likely to kill themselves.

 It is time to start believing you should be healing!

Sunday, December 20, 2020

Retired Navy SEAL Veterans for Responsible Leadership

....Dan Barkhuff spent part of his plebe year at the U.S. Naval Academy learning the history of the Code of Conduct. “It’s something we all had drummed into our heads,” he told me recently. Barkhuff, a member of the class of 2001, had entered the Academy the way that all military members begin their service, by swearing an oath to the Constitution and vowing to protect it from enemies “foreign and domestic.” Plebes also internalized the Academy’s Honor Concept, which begins, “Midshipmen are persons of integrity: They stand for that which is right.”

During Plebe Summer—seven gruelling weeks of drills and instruction that precede the first academic year—Barkhuff and his classmates were drilled in P.O.W. case studies, particularly from the Vietnam War, the first major conflict since the creation of the Code of Conduct. They learned about James Stockdale, the Navy fighter pilot who became the highest-ranking naval officer in captivity. During his seven and a half years as a prisoner, Stockdale famously resisted. To avoid being co-opted for propaganda, he beat himself severely in the face, with a stool. Stockdale, having studied philosophy, believed that physical torture was nothing compared to what he cited Epictetus, a former slave, as calling the “greater harm” of “destroying the trustworthy, self-respecting, well-behaved man within you.”

The plebes learned about the tap code that Stockdale and the other P.O.W.s had used to secretly communicate. On the second or third day of Plebe Summer, the midshipmen were bused from the Naval Academy campus, in Annapolis, Maryland, to Washington, D.C., to tour the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. Barkhuff told me, “The message is clear: ‘This is what you are here to prevent; this is what you are now sworn to prevent.’ ”
When Trump took office, Barkhuff decided to give him a chance, hoping that the President “would rise to the level of the office.” But, Barkhuff told me, Trump was “worse than I thought he would be—and I thought he was going to be terrible.” Barkhuff often expressed his dismay on Facebook, where his posts were seen only by his relatives and Navy pals. When he discovered that other veterans shared his concerns, he created a page—Veterans for Responsible Leadership—where like-minded members could vent.

Service members are trained to remain apolitical when in uniform, but veterans are free to espouse their views. The V.F.R.L. members chatted online about diversity in the military (“transgender people should obviously be allowed to serve”), athletes kneeling during the national anthem to protest racial injustice (kneeling “is NOT disrespectful to our troops”), and the President’s divisiveness (“Trump wins only by creating controversy and firing up people. . . . It’s dictatorship 101”). Most of the members were Navy vets, yet V.F.R.L. hoped to recruit from all branches and ranks. Glenn Schatz, one of the V.F.R.L. leaders and a former nuclear-submarine officer, told me that the Trump Administration’s assault on established norms called veterans back to service. “Once you’re out of uniform it’s your obligation to speak up when you see the Constitution being violated,” he said. read more here

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.
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