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Military wives 'Battling Bare' to fight PTSD in soldiers

Posted by on Oct. 4, 2012 at 3:05 PM
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Military wives 'Battling Bare' to fight PTSD in soldiers

Posted: Oct 03, 2012 6:12 PM EDTUpdated: Oct 03, 2012 7:14 PM EDT

Reported by Julia Bruck - email
NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) -

A group of military wives are taking a head-turning approach to help combat a crisis. They are going bare, while baring their souls to raise awareness about post traumatic stress disorder and the need for treatment.

It all started with just one picture and a Facebook post, and within months the movement included hundreds of women from around the world taking off their tops to "battle bare."

"This is a pledge that you're making for your spouse that, in my opinion, is just as important as marriage vows," Wise said.

Wise said she came up with the pledge to battle bare out of desperation, which she said grew as she tried to get help for her husband, who suffered from PTSD at Fort Campbell.

"I felt like streaking the general's lawn, because then maybe a naked woman would get attention, and they wouldn't sweep me underneath the rug," Wise said.

"I decided to, instead, do a photo campaign, and it's what I call a 'God moment' - pledge, picture. Ten minutes later, it was on Facebook."

In Wise's photo, she appears with her husband's hat and gun, but Wise said her husband was not her only inspiration.

"These are my husband's dogtags. They were found in his car when they retrieved his car and brought back to me after they found my husband's body," said Alicia McCoy.

Alicia McCoy's husband, Sgt. Brandon McCoy died of suicide in March. She said her husband sought help for PTSD, but it wasn't enough.

"Our soldiers have a lot to say. They have a lot bottled up inside of them, and no one is listening. I feel like they are afraid to be able to say what they need to say, because it will hurt their record," Alicia McCoy said.

That is a silence Wise and the other women hope to slowly break with Battling Bare's mission - one picture, pledge and solider at a time.

Wise said Battling Bare works to refer service members to outlets for care. She added that in the coming months the group will become a fully pledged nonprofit origination.

For more information, visit: http://www.facebook.com/BattlingBare.

Copyright WSMV 2012 (Meredith Corporation). All rights reserved.

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mikiemom
by Ruby Member on Oct. 4, 2012 at 3:40 PM

bump

sherry132
by Silver Member on Oct. 4, 2012 at 3:45 PM

I know how she feels. Exactly. We were at Fort Campbell. My husband has severe PTSD. There is very little help for soldiers with PTSD. 

In fact, I once told a psychologist, "what will you all do when one day, someone cuts him off, and he looses it, and chases them down? Is that when you will listen, at least so you can make excuses to the world?" 

At Ft. Campbell, they don't do much for our men and women suffering PTSD. They do even less for their children and spouses who live with it, and with the fear that comes from it. 

I know how she feels. God Bless her, I hope she changes something, I'm too busy keeping my soldier from loosing his mind to fight the world. 

mikiemom
by Ruby Member on Oct. 4, 2012 at 3:54 PM

Articles like this break my heart, I know that the the military talks a good game but in reality they want to limit their liability, if they don't diagnose PTSD they won't have to pay to help them.

Quoting sherry132:

I know how she feels. Exactly. We were at Fort Campbell. My husband has severe PTSD. There is very little help for soldiers with PTSD. 

In fact, I once told a psychologist, "what will you all do when one day, someone cuts him off, and he looses it, and chases them down? Is that when you will listen, at least so you can make excuses to the world?" 

At Ft. Campbell, they don't do much for our men and women suffering PTSD. They do even less for their children and spouses who live with it, and with the fear that comes from it. 

I know how she feels. God Bless her, I hope she changes something, I'm too busy keeping my soldier from loosing his mind to fight the world. 


mhaney03
by on Oct. 4, 2012 at 3:59 PM

It took my ex husband over 3 years for the VA to help him after he was discharged for a back injury.  Part of it is his fault for saying "I don't need treatment" but when he DID try to get help while deployed he was told to "sleep it off."  I tried to help any way I could but I couldn't take the verbal and emotional abuse from him anymore.

Sekirei
by Nari Trickster on Oct. 4, 2012 at 4:07 PM

My dad still suffers and I have no doubt that my husband does as well... when I can get someone to take a pic for me, I will have it done. Going to do the little dude though... 

Sekirei
by Nari Trickster on Oct. 4, 2012 at 4:20 PM

hugs... I wish you the best. You shouldn't have to fight alone though

I wish mine would admit he needs more help than he can give himself. 

Quoting sherry132:

I know how she feels. Exactly. We were at Fort Campbell. My husband has severe PTSD. There is very little help for soldiers with PTSD. 

In fact, I once told a psychologist, "what will you all do when one day, someone cuts him off, and he looses it, and chases them down? Is that when you will listen, at least so you can make excuses to the world?" 

At Ft. Campbell, they don't do much for our men and women suffering PTSD. They do even less for their children and spouses who live with it, and with the fear that comes from it. 

I know how she feels. God Bless her, I hope she changes something, I'm too busy keeping my soldier from loosing his mind to fight the world. 


AdrianneHill
by Platinum Member on Oct. 4, 2012 at 4:37 PM
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Awesome, naked chicks always get the camera. If you can get the camera, then you can grab the microphone. Good luck to them.
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eema.gray
by on Oct. 4, 2012 at 4:39 PM

I love the site.  :-)  PTSD is an issue very close to my heart.

I want to do a photo for it, just haven't gotten around to it.  The barefoot childrens photos are SO sweet!  I'm trying to work out getting all three of my kids to sit still at the same time.

eema.gray
by on Oct. 4, 2012 at 4:40 PM

My husband is a combat vet.  He says the Army's stance on deployed soldiers is that nobody experiences PTSD while deployed.  MmmmHmmmm

Quoting mhaney03:

It took my ex husband over 3 years for the VA to help him after he was discharged for a back injury.  Part of it is his fault for saying "I don't need treatment" but when he DID try to get help while deployed he was told to "sleep it off."  I tried to help any way I could but I couldn't take the verbal and emotional abuse from him anymore.


"I am only one, but I am still one; I cannot do everything, but still I can do something; and because I cannot do everything I will not refuse to do the something that I can do." ~~ Edward Everett Hale 1822-1909
eema.gray
by on Oct. 4, 2012 at 4:43 PM
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The posting rules are pretty strict.  No frontal photos at all, no exposed breasts, no exposed booty, women must be at least 18, and no naked children - they have the battle-barefoot brigade for children.  :-)

Quoting AdrianneHill:

Awesome, naked chicks always get the camera. If you can get the camera, then you can grab the microphone. Good luck to them.


"I am only one, but I am still one; I cannot do everything, but still I can do something; and because I cannot do everything I will not refuse to do the something that I can do." ~~ Edward Everett Hale 1822-1909
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