2006-2007, My husband served as a Combat Medic in Iraq and was wounded in an IED explosion which led to his severe PTSD and severe TBI upon his return. After a year being home, the issues of not having help and resources led me to be more vocal about such issues in our returning soldiers. The hardest part I have faced during all of this is being alone, without family's willingness to acknowledge my husband's problems and falling through the cracks of the VA system. This year, we finally got a "Severe TBI" diagnosis which has helped us cope with the many issues he has. For self-help, I began to blog and now write on three different sites in the caregiver perspective: Living with PTSD and TBI, Living the Army Life and Scott Lee's PTSD: A soldier's perspective.
Having found the Wounded Warrior Wive's group through Operation Homefront, it has given me a place where I feel like I belong with others like me. My non-profit organization, www. Doublehhcandles.com, which I started to beat the deployment blues four years ago and provides candles for the military and families, has now created a candle specifically for our Wounded Warrior Wives. The cost after production, will be donated to Operation Homefront so that it can help other Wounded Warrior Caregiver's like me. Be vocal about our soldiers with PTSD and TBI, our voice will eventually be heard.