Crowd sourcing via the internet is one of the most innovative ideas we have come up with as far as aiding growing businesses and encouraging invention; additionally, it offers individuals the chance to speak out for a cause and have like-minded backers join in from around the globe.
Today I was scrolling through my Facebook profile and I saw a post from one of my friends who used to serve in the armed forces. What caught my attention was that he began with 'I do not usually post anything serious...' which is true, so whatever came next was either going to be something ridiculous (per usual) or, as stated, serious.
It was the latter.
Keeping with his serious post, I ask that you all lease go to this link and donate whatever you can to Ryan as he makes his 5,000 mile journey and then share his page with the world:
What Ryan has to say:
"Hello, my name is Ryan, a 34 y/o Marine Corps Veteran from North Myrtle Beach, SC. As a pre/post 9/11 veteran I know firsthand how PTSD effects daily life and the lives of family and friends. We each have our own story and each have felt the effects of war but some see no other way, to take away the pain, than to take their own life.
Veteran Suicide has reached an all-time high and this just isn’t acceptable. These men and women fought for us, bled for us, and some died for us. All so that we may live. Now that our Military veterans are home they need us to fight for them, they deserve our help, because it's the least we can do, for everything they’ve done for us.
And just not our Military but our Law Enforcement, Firefighters, and EMS too. Most in Public Safety are former Military.
So to raise awareness for Military and Law Enforcement Veterans with PTSD, in February 2015 I will embark on a 5,000 mile journey walking from the east coast of Delaware across the United States on the Great American Discovery Trail to the coast of San Francisco, CA.
Along the journey I will photo document and video my progress. Seeking out America's heroes in small towns and cities. Interviewing Veterans and their families along the way sharing their stories of strength and hope on dealing and living with PTSD, with you the viewers. If we can, together, raise awareness, we can save the lives of so many of our Veterans.
Please donate for the journey and support for the cause! Thank You so much for your support!
I, Ryan Weldon, pledge that at the end of this journey I will donate all remaining funds, donated for this walk across America, To the PTSD Survivors of America (PTSDSoA) Organization."
This may be old news for some, but for others there may be some common misconceptions about Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, known more commonly as PTSD, A brief history tells us that this disorder was first diagnosed after the Vietnam War when, unlike previous wars where our soldiers returned to ticker tape parades and open arms, these veterans were returning home to a country where people openly scorned their service.
Previously referred to as 'shell shock,' PTSD carries a heavy burden for those who have the symptoms, as well as their friends and family. It was only after seeing how an unfortunately high number of Vietnam veterans were unable to incorporate back into society that the VA Hospitals concluded psychological care was necessary for all returned soldiers.
However, the stigma of receiving psychological care is still alive and well, making the struggle for our soldiers all the more difficult. Let us all do what we can to reduce the stigma of psychological care for our mentally wounded veterans, police, sheriffs, firefighters and everyone else who puts their life on the line to make ours a little safer.
Thank you all for your service.
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