LOVE OUR VETS answers over 60 heartfelt questions, providing down to earth wisdom and much needed tips for taking care of yourself. Sharing as a counselor and from her personal experience of living with a 100% disabled veteran with PTSD, Welby O’Brien gives hope, encouragement, and practical help for families and loved ones who are caught in the wake of the trauma. This book addresses a broad spectrum of issues and concerns, and offers realistic wisdom from a wide variety of individuals who share from real hearts and lives.
Welcomed by NAMI, VA and other counselors, this is not just another book about PTSD – rather it is a tremendous resource for families and loved ones who struggle along with their vets in the challenges it presents.
This book is not a treatise on PTSD, nor an attempt to fix it. The purpose of this book is to provide comfort, encouragement and practical help for wives, families and all other loved ones of veterans with PTSD. Their hearts of gold have drawn us to them, and our lives are dedicated to loving them. The more loved ones of veterans I meet, the more I see that those who are drawn to them also have hearts of gold. I wonder if pain is the seed that turns hearts into gold?
Love Our Vets: Restoring Hope for Families of Veterans with PTSD is down to earth. Real. So real you may see yourself. My guess is that your story is much like mine. We share a lot in common. And how perplexing it is that no one else seems to get it. We struggle with fear, loneliness, anxiety, and sleepless nights. We question our sanity and have regular hormone check ups. We don’t dare tell anyone that we wonder if we made a mistake. And we feel ashamed at the fleeting thoughts of how much simpler life would be without PTSD.
You are not alone. You share with many others, all of us journeying down the same path. As you read, you will see that the personal experiences shared in this book come from many people just like you. Including me. All names are fictitious but the accounts are authentic. Many who have often been tempted to throw in the towel; and a few who have. But even more who grow stronger each day not in spite of PTSD but because of it. The faith and love that has kept them from falling apart, held them up, comforted and strengthened them are available to all of us. We need each other. It is in sharing the struggles and growth, pain and healing, tears and joys that encourages us to love our vets even more. There is no greater reward.
A portion of the proceeds goes to help veterans and their families.
Suggested Media Interview Questions:
by Welby O’Brien
1. Welby, you have a background in counseling and you live with a husband who is a 100% disabled veteran with PTSD. What is PTSD and what causes it?
2. In your book LOVE OUR VETS: Restoring Hope for Families of Veterans with PTSD, you explain that PTSD can affect ANYONE, not just veterans. How would someone know if they or their loved one has it…what are some typical symptoms?
3. Does PTSD ever go away?
4. How does living with someone with PTSD impact the family and those around them, and how does your book LOVE OUR VETS address that?
5. Welby, you and your veteran husband are both believers. Do you think that Christianity/faith make any difference in the lives of those battling PTSD?
6. How do patriotic holidays such as Fourth of July and Veterans Day affect those with PTSD?
7. If you could only give a few words of advice and hope to someone with PTSD and their loved ones, what would it be?
8. What can others do to help?
9. You have started a national support group for the loved ones of those with PTSD. Tell us a little about that and how people can get connected to the PTSD Family Support Network through Facebook and your website www.LoveOurVets.org.
10. Where can people get your book, LOVE OUR VETS: Restoring Hope for Families of Veterans with PTSD ?