The Effect of PTSD on the Families of Combat Veterans

These two videos convey a sense of what’s it’s like to live with a veteran suffering from combat-related PTSD. The first briefly profiles a family portrayed at greater length in the film, This Emotional Life, shown on PBS earlier this year. Bob, the veteran in this video, continues to struggle with PTSD.

Domenica Campbell is the excellent writer of PTSD: A Caregiver’s Perspective about life with her husband since his return from Iraq. Her husband has started his own blog, One Veteran’s Battle. Both provide starkly honest portraits of their struggle with PTSD. [Updated and corrected 6/3/2010.]

She recorded the following video as part of a project called Signature Wounds, which is bringing together the stories of several families of veterans. If you haven’t run into this acronym before, TBI stands for Traumatic Brain Injury.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1kPhq4ycgNM

Here are some additional blogs worth reading for further personal insight and new research information:

  1. Lima, Oscar, Victor, Echo

  2. The Invisible Wounded

  3. When the Battle Comes Home

  4. PTSD Combat: Winning the War Within

  5. STUCK IN THE SAND – PTSD and College

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  1. Bob says:

    That video was written and performed by Phil Paz out of Oklahoma City. After working 30 years law enforcement and military (retired) he set his sights on an acting career. He is an advocate for veteran’s issues. He made this video to stir awareness

    • John Folk-Williams says:

      Thanks, Bob –

      I thought he was an actor. It’s a powerful video but a bit too polished to be an actual vet. He does great work.

      John

  2. Bob says:

    Very Powerful video about a man and PTSD

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rzDY6MCGI5k

    • John Folk-Williams says:

      Hi, Bob –

      Thanks for the link – it’s a really powerful video. There’s no explanation of where it came from or who produced it. If you have that info, please send it along.

      John

  3. Scott A Lee says:

    To clarify the author you mentioned writes at PTSD, A Soldier’s Perspective (PASP) which belongs to me. I am the Editor at PASP and along with our fine writers, we strive to bring a national focus on veterans issues through shared stories.

    • john says:

      Thank you, Scott –

      I apologize for that mistake. I’ve updated the post with the correct links to the Campbells’ blogs.

      John

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