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Military wives 'Battling Bare' to fight PTSD in soldiers

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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.

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by on Oct. 4, 2012 at 3:05 PM
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AdrianneHill
by Platinum Member on Oct. 4, 2012 at 5:45 PM
1 mom liked this
Too bad. I have some great baby butt pictures of my kid but I think those are considered porn these days. But I'm a bad parent. One day, we went to the park and no one was there. It has sprinklers so I let him get naked and run around. It was cute and he just turned two at the time. If people mind seeing his butt, then they are the one with the problem
Quoting eema.gray:

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.


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mikiemom
by Ruby Member on Oct. 5, 2012 at 8:20 AM

It is weird, I hear this and I over hear comments around the building that they feel many are faking it. I spoke up a couple of weeks ago and just looked at one Navy Medical Health officer and said but what if you dismiss one claim that isn't faking it and they kill themselves or someone else, doesn't that bother you? If looks could kill I wouldn't be typing this right now. They say they are supporting wounded warriors, but supporting the invisible injuries is much harder for them.

Quoting eema.gray:

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.

 


eema.gray
by on Oct. 5, 2012 at 9:24 AM

Pretty hard to fake nightmares and sleepwaking because they think they're on guard somewhere.  :-(

On the other hand, a few years ago, my husband arested a man who claimed that PTSD made him kick and beat his 18 mo old daughter for wetting her bed.  [SOB]

Quoting mikiemom:

It is weird, I hear this and I over hear comments around the building that they feel many are faking it. I spoke up a couple of weeks ago and just looked at one Navy Medical Health officer and said but what if you dismiss one claim that isn't faking it and they kill themselves or someone else, doesn't that bother you? If looks could kill I wouldn't be typing this right now. They say they are supporting wounded warriors, but supporting the invisible injuries is much harder for them.

Quoting eema.gray:

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
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