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

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Things Every Child Should Experience

There are so many rich experiences to share with our children and the best part is, they don’t have to cost a lot of money. Let’s check out the a few things every kid should experience.

Being part of a team.  “The way a team plays as a whole determines its success. You may have the greatest bunch of individual stars in the world, but if they don’t play together, the club won’t be worth a dime.” – Babe Ruth. Teamwork, the sweet taste of victory, and the bitterness of defeat are just a few of valuable lessons children can learn from team sports.

Camping. “The human spirit needs places where nature has not been rearranged by the hand of man.” – Author Unknown. Every child deserves the chance to experience nature in its purest form. From hiking and roasting marshmallows, to sleeping under the stars – camping is the stuff of cherished childhood memories.


Chores. “All life demands struggle. Those who have everything given to them become lazy, selfish, and insensitive to the real values of life. The very striving and hard work that we so constantly try to avoid is the major building block in the person we are today.” – Ralph Ransom. A little hard work never hurt anybody. Besides, why should Mom and Dad have all the fun?

Farm life. “Growing up on a dairy farm, you certainly learn discipline and a commitment to purpose.” – Mike Johanns. Every child should witness the hard work and dedication that goes into farm life. Oh, and the smell of cows is a memory they won’t soon forget.

A lemonade stand. “Once you decide to work for yourself, you never go back to work for somebody else.” – Alan Sugar. Encourage your young entrepreneur at every possible opportunity. Greatness surely awaits those with the fortitude to succeed.

Source: Yahoo News

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