Veterans Day is approaching on November 11. This is a time to honor our veterans for the sacrifices they have made. Honoring them once a year is nice but what about reaching out to them on the other days of the year? You or someone close to you may know a veteran who is experiencing the painful after effects of war, a condition known as post-traumatic stress disorder. Writer Charlene Rubush has recently published an e-book called ‘Win Over Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder – Resources, True Stories and Life-Saving Information for Combat Vets and Their Families’. She has written this book based on her personal experiences with PTSD so that she may help others dealing with similar situations. Rubush describes the different types of PTSD, symptoms, related disorders and treatments. She also provides a useful list of groups and resources on the subject.
Charlene’s first experience with post-traumatic stress disorder began in 1968 when her first husband returned from Vietnam. It affected her for 16 years before she turned to a 12-step program for help. Shortly thereafter, in 1987, her husband decided to see the Vietnam War film ‘Platoon’. He had a very severe reaction, going into a fugue-like state. Charlene reached out for help through the VA, but her husband refused counseling. Months later he wrote her a letter demanding a divorce.
Years later, after picking up the pieces of her life and remarrying, Charlene decided to put her research about PTSD and her personal experiences into a book. Knowing that millions of people are affected by PTSD, Charlene wanted to help others with what she had learned over a long and often lonely process. She didn’t really know where she was going with it but journaling and a conference she attended in 2006 helped.
The conference Rubush attended was called ‘Legacy of Vietnam’. There she attended a workshop called ‘How to Write About What You Cannot Write About’. The class was taught by a woman whose husband was killed in Vietnam when she was 7 months pregnant. Through that workshop Rubush was able to write about something that was very painful to her that she hadn’t even spoken about. After reading it, her classmates encouraged her to share it during the open mic segment. She didn’t think she could do it and the audience was filled with Vietnam veterans. “I had a great fear that veterans would resent me and feel I was putting them down.“ She finally shared it and afterwards received an overwhelming response. They came up to her and were saying “Thank you for telling your story. You have helped us see ourselves.” The veterans and their families have treated her with great respect and love and that has been a healing experience.
Having started a blog in 2010 with the same title as her book, ‘Win Over PTSD’, she has made many contacts. 3000 people visit her blog every month. Individuals have contacted her and said they are inspired by her story. Through her blog she came into contact with Virginia Cruse founder of the website ‘PTSD Recovery Project’ which encourages people to write about their experiences. Cruse has served three deployments in Iraq. Rubush has been asked by Cruse to contribute to an anthology focusing on recovery of PTSD. Rubush loves doing research and almost every day she finds a new group or website to help people with PTSD and she finds that very encouraging. A fairly new area of study is post-traumatic growth that focuses on how people can become amazing and strong individuals after suffering from PTSD which she herself can attest to.
Rubush wants people to find hope and inspiration from her book and a realization that you can get through PTSD and learn to live with it. Rubush is a member and book reviewer for the Military Writers Society of America. (MWSA) and has won awards from them. She is also a Vine reviewer for Amazon.com and has over 100 reviews published there. In the future we can look forward to reading her memoir which is 75% done. She lives in Donalsonville, GA with her husband Bill.
Order her book at http://www.amazon.com/Over-Post-Traumatic-Stress-Disorder-ebook/dp/B005H3ZNKW/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1319128083&sr=8-1. Check out Charlene’s blog at http://winoverptsd.com/.