For most veterans, Memorial Day naturally brings about a wave of emotions, reminded of our brothers and sisters in arms who've made the ultimate sacrifice. While civilians are celebrating the start of summer and barbecue season, we military veterans understand the solemnity of the observance.
But the day can be especially daunting for veterans with post-traumatic stress (PTS). Memorial Day – which is dedicated to remembering the fallen – can trigger painful memories, which for vets with PTS, may lead to serious emotional distress. "For many veterans, Memorial Day brings a sharp increase not only of trauma memories, but also feelings of acute grief and loss, and in some cases, a heavy burden of survivor guilt.," says Dr. Shauna Springer, the Senior Director of TAPS Suicide Prevention Initiatives.
If your friend or family member is a veteran who might be triggered, Springer suggests that you validate and empathize with their feelings. "Rather than looking for signs of negative impacts around Memorial Day, it is often helpful to proactively support the veterans in our lives," Springer told Connecting Vets. "We can say something like, 'I will never forget the service and sacrifice of our fallen' or 'I stand with you in grieving the loss of those who made the ultimate sacrifice.'" It's not just what you say, she says, but what you do. "More than anything you can say though, taking action to stand with veterans on Memorial Day is critical. Asking the veterans in your life how you can honor the fallen together and then doing this with them actively helps reintegrate our veterans back into society,
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Who else has stuff they got while on active duty that they still use? 🦅🌎⚓ I got the #CamelBak on my first deployment. It's had several bladder replacements and probably still has some Iraq and Afghanistan sand in there somewhere. After countless uniform inspections, I have 7 or 8 pairs of boots. I don't think I'll have to buy #WorkBoots again in my life. 😆 #MarineVeteran
Returning to the civilian world, I got sick of hearing how “fucked up in the head... broken... dumb...” veterans are supposed to be... sure, some of us could use some help, but the reality is we are leaders. And eventually we figure out how to navigate civilian-hood again, but with the an upgraded world view.
My name is Hiram Meraz, I’m the founding director of Battle Buddy.
Battle Buddy is inspired by the Marine Corps values of leadership and esprit de corps. It’s a stance against the sentiment that a veteran is a victim.
We are what movies are made from, we are well travelled, we are tougher and more courageous, and we make our country better. Of the Fortune 500 companies, 163 are Marines and most were ENLISTED.
This is because we are high-performance men and women who have high standards and values.
Yet when I buy clothes, I have a hard time finding a company that matches those high standards and values.
Good clothes are designed for accountants, bankers, clerks, etc. And they even make some with military ranks and symbols for those same people. But in my opinion, they don’t respect the military; they actually don’t care about us.
I didn’t like getting hand-me-down gear in the Marines and buying clothes from companies who didn’t design with men like me in mind feels like a hand-me-down.
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Have a safe Memorial weekend and don’t forget what this weekend is really about.
I had an awesome time shooting with my nephew @justin_blackwelder aka the #heartlessmarine, a part owner of @not.today.armory, at @readygunner. He just got the @canikusa Canik
TP9SF and loved shooting it.
I compared it with my older Canik TP9SA. Both are great guns, of course I like his better cuz it doesn't have the dumb decocker #twss 😂😂😂. This is going to be his main handgun for now. In my opinion, you can't beat the Canik expecially when you look at the extremely low price tag. I'm going to stick with my Glock, but just because of my years of experience and training with it. Not because I think the Glock is a better gun.
Anyone else shoot the Canik? What's your opinion??