As a veteran with more than a few medical challenges, I spend a fair amount of time at my local VA hospital. I also volunteer time to the VA, helping vets meet their own challenges that make mine pale in comparison. As a result, I meet many who share stories with me that seem simply overwhelming in nature. I also meet many heroes--medals or not--going back to WWII. I even had the honor of meeting a woman in her late 90's who fought with the French Resistance!
In all of this, I am constantly reminded of just how important their service was and is, and how we must not, ever, forget their sacrifices. Sadly, the ones I meet are "lucky" for they are around to be met. Far too many are not.
Today, with all of the political hoopla occupying the news and all of
the other stories competing for our attention, it can be easy to "forget" those who gave far too much, far more than was ever expected. Those that were lucky enough to return from battle are often lost in the shuffle yet their suffering is not over. Many of you probably have clients (and their families) suffering from PTSD and the related trauma accompanying it. Suicidal ideation, marriage and family difficulties and even something as simple as getting out of bed in the morning, simply compound the problems.
Are you aware that June is PTSD awareness month? Many feel powerless to do anything but there is something you can do. Click on the links below to visit the National Center for PTSD, a division of the VA, to learn more and, to learn about how you can help promote awareness and even add your own practice as a therapist specializing in PTSD, click on the second link.
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LMFT Rated Among Best Careers
Once again, US News and World Report's annual job rankings shows that Marriage and Family Therapist was rated among the best careers (Top 50) for 2013 (follow link below to view the article). The article also says "By 2020, the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) predicts this occupation will grow by 41.2 percent, much faster than the average for all occupations." This is heartening news during difficult economic times and times in which health care providers are feeling the strain of so much change.
Read the article now by clicking here: US News and World Report: The 100 Best Jobs
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