For those of you who have family members with PTSD, you can identify with them. That you have bore brunt in many occasions. That you have served in ways that are greater than most counselors ever have with your loved one. That the family member is going to be there more than the pastor is. I don’t mean that because that’s the best or I’m not trying to make a case for how the family should be. I’m saying that, that’s the way it is that the wife is there, the husband is there, the kids are there. The parents are there. It’s the loved ones that minister most to those struggling with PTSD, so my goal has been to help angle ministry toward the family and helping equip the family with how they can respond and minister to their loved one who’s going through PTSD.
nd they would come home, many of them my colleagues, and some of them my friends, would come home and were diagnosed and occasionally medicated. And some even given pensions from the VA because of what they were going through with PTS or PTSD. However, there was very little hope for change. As I was coming out of the military, my peers were diagnosed, and they were given resources to learn how to cope, but they weren’t given any promise that, “You can work through this,” that “It doesn’t have to be like this the rest of your life.” Or as Curtis was saying in our last session, that, “You are not your PTSD. It’s not your identity.”