Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Support for Veterans.

Tom's Journal. http://tomschuckmanjournal.blogspot.com/ tschuckman@aol.com

Really Important, bellow, about Pat Caddell--- a MUST read!!   >>>

Pat Caddell: ‘This country is on the verge of an explosion’
Posted: 09 Jan 2013 03:12 PM PST
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It would be a fine thought and action if YOU would just pass this helpful post along to any real Combat Veterans that you know -- TODAY!  "Suicide is a long  term solution to a short term thing."  There are remedies to many horrific circumstances [where even the Gov't- USA, totally dropped the ball, with all their silly red tape and bumbling...sorry].  There is something that I JUST got into called, "Peer Support" at the local Iron Mountain, MI 49801 VAMC, that I will start to attend this Thursday!  Also, the "VET CENTER" that is NOT part of any Gov't BS, has helped me big time too, many years ago, where we will see ONLY Veterans.  Because...  ONLY a Veteran who has seen combat [in some way] can really help and share stuff with another Veteran, and that is my personal opinion.  Some so-called professionals are 'said' to be able to help combat Vets...  but in my humble opinion, the jury is still out on that subject.  Please don't let things go too far that  you either hurt yourself, some loved one, or go to prison because you are 'too tough' or macho to bend a little bit --"Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean NOT upon your own understanding."  ~Proverbs 3:5.  Memorize this, please.  For those of you who need some fast/ quick help, or just need to talk to another combat Veteran-- been in Vietnam for 2 years:  68-70, Helicopter door gunner, etc.... email me:  tschuckman@aol.com
    When I can trust  you, I will give you my personal cell phone number.

If you can hold on for a bit more-- I need to tell you that a great war in heaven is about to break loose, and we are living in the "Last Days" of this wicked Satanic system when things, survival, just making a simple living, will get  rapidly worse -- BUT YOU CAN AND WILL SURVIVE, by the Grace of God !  BTW,  the HOLY SPIRIT, is very powerful and will help you all, IF, AND ONLY IF you are sincere and honest in your personal request to God Almighty, and it's FREE !!    What you need to do is to just be alone or with a real, born-again Christian, and ask the Lord God to be with you from now on, confess  you sins [alone] to God, and then ask/ beg the Holy Spirit, and Jesus to be with you and help you with your personal problems.  That is what we ALL had to do at some point in our lives.  Then you can know and feel the Spirit give you the strength and knowledge that you are indeed going to heaven.  Period.  After that you need to put the 'right stuff' into your mind-- the Bible.  Start by reading the book of John, and then the book of Romans.  Then later, find a good, fundamental, Bible loving/ preaching Christian church, if you can find one.  My wife and I attend the Family Baptist church, in Iron Mountain, MI  49801, but there are many others all over America.  Just let the Holy Spirit, and your new found knowledge be your guide....  or contact me, and I will try to help you.   I am on Face Book too. 

I hope and pray that it doesn't take you some 20 years before you find the right church [Christianity is not a 'religion' -- but a way of Life!].   For one thing, most bible read Christians totally believe that the Rapture is near-- and you don't have very much time to squander!    If so-called 'Christians' tell you that the Rapture is far away or non-existent -- run the other way!

The total destruction of the oldest, inhabited city in the world, Damascus, in Syria,  will happen soon enough too, and that COULD happen before or after the Rapture.   I am sure that  you all can put 2 + 2 together, as that place has the lion's share of poison gas and other destructive WMD bombs and missiles-- so there is "probable cause" that it is a prime target, and no one wants the rebels or Islam-a-Socialists to get their hands on those things.... CONNECT THE DOTS.  I offer this as a little tid bit for proof and referernce, as you might need a point to chew on, and think about, Brothers.

Warm Regards,
Tom Schuckman


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Connecting with fellow Veterans again

Tim thought because he hadn't been wounded in combat, he was fine, but after struggling to sleep and dealing with survivor's guilt and depression after his return, he went to VA to get the help he needed. Tim discovered being able to connect with other Veterans made a world of difference in his recovery.

What can it mean if I have trouble sleeping?

You lay awake at night and can’t sleep. You’re restless and feel tired during the day. Nightmares wake you up. You’re unable to go back to sleep. Are sleep problems making it hard for you to get through the day?
Sometimes sleep problems are a result of a traumatic experience or stressful event in your military or civilian life. Other times, negative thoughts or worry might make it hard to fall asleep or cause you to wake up easily during the night. You might dread having nightmares or find your thoughts focused on problems in your life. Chronic pain, stomach problems, alcohol or drug use, or other physical ailments also might disturb your sleep.
Good sleep is important for overall good health. The amount of sleep each person needs varies, but seven to nine hours of sleep is ideal for most adults. To feel well rested, your body also needs to go through a series of sleep stages. When those sleep stages are interrupted, you may feel especially tired or have trouble concentrating the next day.
“I used to fall asleep so easily during my deployment, even with all the loud noises and 24/7 commotion, but now that I’m back and in a quiet, comfortable bedroom, I just can’t seem to fall asleep at night.”
Some Veterans don’t realize their trouble sleeping is affecting their day-to-day functioning or that their sleep problems are treatable. Symptoms of sleep deprivation and other sleep problems include:
  • Having a hard time falling or staying asleep
  • Having a hard time staying awake during the day
  • Feeling tired even after getting lots of sleep
Allowing your sleep problems to go unchecked may lead to accidents or make it harder to deal with stress, solve problems, or recover from sickness or injury. Sleep problems can impact your life at home and at work, as well as your relationships. In addition to feeling tired, trouble sleeping can be associated with:

If I’m having trouble sleeping, what can I do about it?Back to Top

“I used to have a drink every night to get to sleep. One day my friend dug out a week’s worth of empty liquor bottles from the trash and put them on the table for me to see. It was right then I decided to stop self-medicating to get to sleep and address the issue once and for all.”
There are several things you can do right away to improve your sleep. Try to remember to:
  • Keep your bedroom quiet, dark, and cool
  • Make your bedroom a place just for sleeping and not a place for other activities like watching television, reading, working on the computer, or listening to the radio
  • Create a relaxing bedtime routine
  • Stick to a sleep schedule, making sure you wake up close to the same time every day
  • Get outside and exercise daily (but not close to bedtime)
  • Take medications that might delay or disrupt your sleep earlier in the day
  • Avoid caffeine and nicotine
  • Avoid alcohol before bed or drinking excessive amounts of alcohol
  • Avoid large meals and beverages late at night
Your close friends and family may notice the effects that sleep problems are having on your quality of life. Turn to them when you are ready to look for solutions to your sleep problems. It can be helpful to share what you’re experiencing, and they may be able to provide support as you look for ways to improve your sleep.

Take the next step – Make the connection.Back to Top

Every day, Veterans connect with useful resources and effective treatments for getting better sleep. If sleep problems are affecting your health and well-being or are getting in the way of your relationships, work, or daily activities, you may want to reach out for support. Consider connecting with:
  • Your family doctor: Ask if your doctor has experience treating Veterans or can refer you to someone who does.
  • A mental health professional, such as a therapist
  • Your local VA Medical Center or Vet Center: VA specializes in the care and treatment of Veterans.
  • A spiritual or religious advisor

Explore these resources for more information about sleep problems in Veterans.Back to Top

Learn more about the possible associations between sleeping problems and other issues such as nightmares, preparing for deployment, stress, depression, and posttraumatic stress.
Take an online workshop with interactive exercises to evaluate your own sleeping and hear from other Veterans and Service members dealing with similar issues.
Vet Center
If you are a combat Veteran or experienced any sexual trauma during your military service, bring your DD214 to your local Vet Center and speak with a counselor or therapist—many of whom are Veterans themselves—for free, without an appointment, and regardless of your enrollment status with VA.
VA Medical Center Facility Locator
Having trouble sleeping for more than a few days could be a sign of health conditions that need attention. This website will allow you to search for VA programs located near you. If you are eligible to receive care through the Veterans Health Administration, you can enroll in one of VA’s treatment programs.
Listen: Browse the video gallery to find stories most relevant to you.Locate: Find resources near you that can help get your life back on track.