The KVGI Call to Action: PTSD, high rate of suffering
By: Hailey Seymour
There is no question that awareness has been raised in the Dallas/Fort Worth area of the high rate of veterans suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Thanks to several Dallas-based military non-profits that KVGI Radio has had the honor of working closely with, most people understand now that the number of veterans afflicted by PTSD is staggering, and the consequences of letting it go untreated are often fatal.
According to the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs, the number of veterans afflicted with PTSD ranges anywhere from 10 to 31 percent. This would mean that of the estimated 331,557 veterans living in the counties of Collin, Denton, Dallas and Tarrant alone, anywhere from 30,000 to a little over a 100,000 are suffering from PTSD.
The time for raising awareness has come and gone. It is time now, to call the community to action.
The first step towards truly making the DFW area an actively supportive community for veterans, starts with the individual. There are well over 50 military non-profits in the Dallas – Fort Worth metroplex, all of them serving different needs in the veteran community. Any one of these non-profits would be thrilled to see an increase in donations, but even more thrilling, would be to see an increase in community involvement at all levels. As proud supporters of the veteran community, the KVGI Family makes a point to spread the word through social media, attend and broadcast as many local veteran charity events as possible.
We understand the importance of veterans actually getting to see that people care. One of the biggest problems returning soldiers with PTSD face is leaving behind the strong sense of camaraderie and brotherhood they had with their units, only to feel completely isolated and invisible when they return to civilian life. By joining us in our effort to regularly attend these events, you help to create a new communal bond and family-like atmosphere for veterans at home.
Many veterans with PTSD have found that prescription drugs only make them feel numb, and don’t actually treat the problem. So instead of turning to pills for relief, many veterans find relief therapeutically. From counseling and light therapy, to yoga and horseback riding, to writing poetry and playing music, veterans have found dozens of ways to work through their PTSD. However, this kind of therapy is only possible if someone reaches out and makes it available to them. Therefore, another way you can help as an individual is by using whatever profession, skill or hobby you have to connect with a veteran, or offer your services through one of the military non-profits in your area.
As Max Lucado once said, “No one can do everything, but everyone can do something.” As a radio station, we work closely with veterans who are looking to build on their skills as musicians, in broadcasting, producing, videography, and we are always looking for more avenues through which we can lend veterans a helping hand.
The final step in making the DFW area an actively supportive community for veterans is for non-profits to work together to implement more programs, fund more projects and thus, reach more veterans. The beautiful thing about non-profits is just that – they are not providing a service to make a profit. There is no need for one non-profit to eliminate the other, even if they provide relatively similar services. Therefore, we can either view the over 50 military non-profits in the DFW area as their own separate entities with their own separate agendas, or we can choose instead to view them as an opportunity for a large network of people to work together ultimately to achieve the same goal: to provide our veterans with help, love and support.
CEO and Founder of KVGI Radio Mark Wariner recognized the need for charities to stand together in support for each other, and decided along with long-time friend and business partner Veteran Major Andrew White, to found a non-profit (Warrior Support Alliance) that works as the connecting link for veteran charities across DFW. Whether these charities need funds, volunteers or greater reach on social media, Warrior Support Alliance pulls the community together to make it happen.
Somehow, we as Americans have gotten into a bad habit of recognizing when there is an issue, but assuming that issue will get resolved by the community or by the government. However, we live in a free, democratic society. While we certainly don’t seem to have trouble remembering the rights and privileges granted to us as members of such a society, we do tend to conveniently forget the responsibilities that come with those privileges. We must remind ourselves that we are the community and we are the government.
If there is a problem that needs to be addressed, it is our duty to do something about it. The men and women who have served in our military answered that call of duty, and chose to make it their personal responsibility to protect our free society – even if it meant making the ultimate sacrifice. Now, many of the ones who made it back home to us are suffering in silence, and in desperate need of our help. So, are we going to remain a community that is just “aware” of the PTSD issue? Or, will you join the KVGI Family in rising up for these men and women, and answer the call to action.
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