Robert Simpson in Wallaceburg, Ontario, is organizing a veterans support group in collaberation with his church. The idea is borne from a great need to bring together vets who, because of the lack of government counselling services, feel that no one cares about their suffering. They have felt quite isolated and hopeless until Rob Simpson decided he was fed up fighting PTSD on his own and invited other vets like him and his dear wife, Debbie, to form their own support group. Here is his latest report. BONNIE
Well, the Wallaceburg Support group held their first meeting on April 27th at 3:00pm at the First Baptist Church on Thomas Ave. There were three other Veterans as well as two of their wives. Also present was Padre Horrobin and myself.
Before we knew it, two hours had passed, some good stories told and some bad memories shared. The important thing was we came together as one to share a common wound. So the good news is on May 12th at 7:00 pm we will hold another meeting at First Baptist Church in Wallaceburg. I hope that more will come to this meeting. I received some wonderful comments from those who did come. They promise to spread the word.
So, please Veterans, come out and bring that special person in your life. We talk and we support each other as we come to grips with the Operational Stress Injury that we are suffering from. As well, if you need help from doctors, we know who you need to call to get that help. First and foremost, we are here to help each other cope and learn how to deal with this wound.
If you wish more information, please call me at 519-627-4037. My e-mail is email@example.com.
If you feel that you cannot take it anymore, then please go to the local hospital or call 911 so you can be helped.
The down side is the OSISS Peer support group has asked us to not refer to ourselves as an OSISS group as we have not gone through their training system. That is no problem. I admit I did jump the gun with the naming of this group. We will find a new name for ourselves at the next meeting when we come together to help one another learn how to cope with our Operational Stress Injury, which is what this condition is called in many countries. I do hope that OSISS will assist us in our efforts to heal and to get any help needed for group members.