Castra Praetoria: High Ground

Courtesy of America’s Sergeant Major. This is a good one folks.

The Journey Home is an Uphill Battle

Kanani over at the Kitchen Dispatch is one of the lead ninjas getting the word out on this great film (yes I’ve seen it, awesome!). Kanani describes it best:

“High Ground ties in with the warrior resiliency programs used to address combat stress and trauma, as well as the aftermath of war.  But I think there’s a difference: this is showing people doing something, not just a list of things to watch for. I think it could lead to a good discussion about self care, a great discussion about the scientific studies being done that prove movement and breath combined with talk therapy surpass the limiting treatment to the usual two modalities (medication and talk therapy).   We have a chance to help this and future generations of veterans with the aftermath of war in ways that were unimaginable in the past. High Ground is part of it, and it does not mask the very substantial trauma that the men and women went through, while also showing them experience small victories along the way.”

1 Comment

by | August 1, 2012 · 8:03 pm

One response to “Castra Praetoria: High Ground

  1. Jimmy J.

    It’s very good that they are finally realizing the extent of the PTSD and the best ways to go about treating it. I had mild PTSD after returning from Vietnam. It was mostly related to survivor’s guilt. Six of my friends were killed and another three spent many years in the Hanoi Hilton. There was always an uncomfortable feeling of why them? Why was I so lucky?

    When we abandoned the South Vietnamese, it triggered a slow burning rage inside. My friends had died and been POWs for NOTHING. All that sacrifice and it was for a lost cause. Not lost by force of arms, lost by a lack of will. It made me angry and intensified my guilt.

    Eleven years after I returned from Vietnam our son was killed in a mountain climbing accident, and my life began to go out of contriol. I was angry all the time. I was periodically depressed. Sometimes I would have periods of feeling worthless. Fortunately, I finally realised things were out of control and I didn’t know how to get back to normal. I got help and over a period of three years began to put things back together again. I understood where my anger came from and how to deal with it in safe and acceptable ways. I learned that grieving and feeling guilty over my friends and my son’s deaths was not going to make things better. My job was to learn to live my life as a celebration of their lives and in a way that they would be proud of me. It may sound easy but it is a process and I have to work it even all these years later.

    I’m looking forward to seeing the movie.

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