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It’s okay! I’ve been here before.

It’s okay! I’ve been here before.

February 13, 2016 by | 2 Comments
photo by Mike MacDonald

photo by Mike MacDonald

Not sure who wrote this passage below (I looked for about an hour yesterday). It really hits home with a lot of my brothers and sisters. This is the definition of PEER SUPPORT!  You don’t have to be a Peer Support Specialist, you don’t need to have some special title.  Some of us have experience in recovery and know how to get out of the hole.  Then if the brother or sister needs more help at least provide a warm handoff to someone who can help them.   As soldiers, sailors, airmen, coast guardsmen or marines we have done things the world at large will never know. As veterans we have a bond with our brethren that circumvents service and unit. Though we may have done different things, been to different places we are all connected by an oath we gave with our mind, body and spirit.  Different services and units have different mottos, the Marines over arching motto is “Semper Fidelis” Always Faithful; and since 1883 it signifies the dedication and loyalty that individual Marines have for ‘Corps and Country’, even after leaving service.   After I joined the Army this motto always stuck in my mind it pertained to those I served with there as well as in the Marines.  I put forth that this applies to my dedication to my fellow veterans as well. In your time of need do not hesitate to seek help from those that are in the shit with you, if you can’t find anyone find me. I promise I will do my best to be there. SEMPER FI!!!!

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photo by Michael MacDonald

It’s okay. I’ve been here before.

A SOLDIER (or choose branch of choice) WITH PTSD FELL IN A HOLE and couldn’t get out.

A Senior NCO went by and the Soldier with PTSD called out for help. The Senior NCO yelled at, told him to suck it up dig deep & drive on, then threw him a shovel. But the Soldier with PTSD could not suck it up and drive on so he dug the hole deeper.

A Senior Officer went by and the Soldier with PTSD called out for help. The Senior Officer told him to use the tools your Senior NCO has given you then threw him a bucket. But the Soldier with PTSD was using the tools his Senior NCO gave him so he dug the hole deeper and filled the bucket.

A psychiatrist walked by. The Soldier with PTSD said, “Help! I can’t get out!” The psychiatrist gave him some drugs and said, “Take this. It will relieve the pain.” The Soldier with PTSD said thanks, but when the pills ran out, he was still in the hole.

Photo by Mike MacDonald

A well-known psychologist rode by and heard the Soldier with PTSD cries for help. He stopped and asked, ” How did you get there? Were you born there? Did your parents put you there? Tell me about yourself, it will alleviate your sense of loneliness.” So the Soldier with PTSD talked with him for an hour, then the psychologist had to leave, but he said he’d be back next week. The Soldier with PTSD thanked him, but he was still in the hole.

A priest came by. The Soldier with PTSD called for help. The priest gave him a Bible and said, “I’ll say a prayer for you.” He got down on his knees and prayed for the Soldier with PTSD, then he left. The Soldier with PTSD was very grateful, he read the Bible, but he was still stuck in the hole.

A recovering Soldier with PTSD happened to be passing by. The Soldier with PTSD cried out, “Hey, help me. I’m stuck in this hole!” Right away the recovering Soldier with PTSD jumped down in the hole with him. The Soldier with PTSD said, “What are you doing? Now we’re both stuck here!!” But the recovering Soldier with PTSD said, “Calm down. It’s okay. I’ve been here before. I know how to get out!

– Unknown

Photos provided by Mike MacDonald founder of A Warriors Reintegration

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