As more and more servicemembers battle PTSD an increasing number of military spouses are facing battles of their own. Feelings of isolation and lack of support are common traits shared among these military spouses. Here are a few Web sites and blogs to help you connect with others going through a similar experience.
Family of a Vet.com: Loaded with resources, this Web site is committed to ensuring family members of combat Veterans aren’t alone throughout the difficult journey.
If you’re interested in journaling your experience you can download free journal pages from their Spouses Page.
Gift From Within: PTSD support organization founded by Dr. Frank Ochberg. Recently they've added an area that specifically addresses the unique issues faced by servicemembers and military families. You'll find numerous videos, podcasts, and information pertaining to relationships, caregiver fatigue, suicide and much more.
Living with PTSD and TBI Blog: In candid detail, an Army Reserve wife chronicles the challenges, struggles and triumphs of being married to a combat medic diagnosed with PTSD. In addition to her blog she lists numerous resources.
Military with PTSD: A PTSD support group on Facebook, founded by Navy wife, Shawn Gourley, author of the free e-book “The War At Home: One Family’s Fight Against PTSD.” In addition to frequent posts from Shawn, you’ll find quite a bit of interaction from fellow spouses and Veterans.
PTSD Military/Family Support: Support group on Facebook devoted to helping servicemembers and military families that are battling PTSD. Whether you have questions about PTSD or are looking to interact with others in a similar situation, you’ll finds lots of support here.
VeteranCareGiver.com: Virtual support community for caregivers of wounded warriors.
The community features blogs, forums, live chats, resources and input from professionals. To join the community, simply visit the site and register.
Wife of a Wounded Soldier: Cheryl Gansner, Army wife of a wounded warrior, blogs about the journey of being married to someone with PTSD. In an uplifting, inspiring manner, she shares all the joys, blessings, triumphs, frustrations and disappointments that coincide with being the spouse of a wounded servicemember.
Do you have questions about PTSD? Want to share your experience? Connect with others at the Military Families PTSD Forum.