Wednesday, June 27, 2012

What is the price paid?

Over the years, hubby and I have watched "Band of Brothers" more than once. For those who don't know, it follows the story of Easy Company of the US Army 101st Airborne division and their mission in WWII Europe from Operation Overlord through V-J Day. It is informative and moving. More than once I have stated that given all they (and every other soldier in every other war) went through, it's amazing that so many came back able to "function" in the world. There are points in the story that are heart breaking to me, and I'm just watching it.

Our daughter was medically discharged from the Navy last December after 9 1/2 years of service. In that time, I came to know several of the wonderful young people who voluntarily serve our country. She did not see the front lines but many of her friends did. Each time one left, my heart ached knowing they would see and possibly do things "in the line of duty" that would scar their souls.

We, those of us who have never been in these situations, have no idea of the cost. Many a brave and noble warrior has come home without visible scars but we have no idea what price they've paid. Unfortunately, being labeled with PTSD doesn't necessarily mean they will receive the care they need. In some cases, it causes further pain and turmoil. 

Operation Restored Warrior
Our mission is to raise up these wounded warriors to speak, share, and move with courage and certainty in order that those held captive to their life experiences may be released.  Those men who are alone and without hope may receive a new expectation.

Those whose life has been impacted deeply will be the new army to reach those whose lives are yet to be transformed.  So they must be given the chance, the place to heal and the audience to speak to.  Their own life will be the script, their stories the power, their restored hearts the evidence of things possible.

Our focus is to walk with God to help heal, restore and release these wounded warriors who are suffering from the effects of PTSD and to validate their incredible sacrifices and set them free to rescue others by the power of their own stories.

I'm not asking that you send money, I only ask that you be aware...

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