Military Wives Strip Down To Campaign For PTSD Awareness

Ashley Wise’s husband Rob is about as tough as they come. The career soldier spent 8 years in the Marines before joining the Army after 9/11 and serving on two tours of duty in Iraq, but in April this year, he hit a wall. He locked himself in a hotel room with guns and alcohol and told his wife “he might do something stupid.”

Thankfully, he came back home alive. Ashley reached out to the Family Advocacy Service at Fort Campbell, Kentucky, where they are currently stationed, and discovered that, like many other soldiers who are suffering from mental anguish or who might have Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), finding the help he needed without putting his career in jeopardy would be a struggle.


Wise told a girlfriend, “I want to streak across the 101st command building, because then maybe the general or someone would listen to what I’m saying.” Instead she grabbed an eyeliner pencil and had her friend write these words on her back:

“Broken by battle, Wounded by war,

I love you forever, To you this I swore:

I will quiet your silent screams, Help heal your shattered soul

Until once again, my love, you are whole.”

Wise posted a picture of her naked back on Facebook, invited other military wives to share images of themselves, and the organization Battling Bare was born. Now, just two months later, Wise is working with seven other military wives to launch a non-profit organization to raise awareness about PTSD and the impact it has on spouses and children. In three years, they aim to have a chapter in every state in place to support military families and hold workshops based on a model developed by Operation Restored Warrior.

Do you know someone who suffers from PTSD? What do you think of Battling Bare’s campaign for awareness?

Source: Yahoo News

Image: The Daily Mail

5 Reasons Being Left-Handed Is A Disadvantage

Left-handed people have remained disadvantaged in almost every situation. It seems innocuous, but being born with this crippling condition means that …

#5. They’ll Die Sooner

Studies have shown that the number of left-handers who make it to old age is drastically lower than the number of their right-handed peers. In short, lefties tend to check out earlier. Why? Well, for one, lefties just have more accidents. The most agreed upon explanation is that lefties get in more accidents simply because they’re trying to maneuver in a world that’s upside down and backward to them.

#4. They’re More Likely to Go Insane

Although left-handed people make up only 10 percent of the population as a whole, they compose a full 20 percent of schizophrenics. If you like those odds, you should know that left-handedness is also associated with dyslexia, ADD and some mood disorders.


#3. They’re Screwed at School

Right out of the box, left-handed kids realize the world wasn’t quite made for them. At school, they do worse on timed exams and suffer awful back and neck cramps in the process. Why? Freaking right-handed desks. And scissors. And everything else.

#2. They’re More Easily Scared

Studies have shown that, if you’re left-handed, you’re twice as likely to suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder. Not that they don’t have reason to be afraid, considering that …

#1. Hating Them Is Ingrained in Our Culture

Left-handers in the Western World are kind of lucky that they only need to worry about annoyingly awkward tools. In certain parts of Africa, Europe and much of the Far East, it’s actually offensive to do anything with your left hand besides wipe your ass. For this and other reasons, the left hand is considered unclean and carries a cultural stigma.

Did you enjoy reading this post? Lefties, feel free to share your tales of woes with us!

Source: Digg

Image: Left-Handed Problems