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The Veteran Woman: Unseen Battle Scars

Before leaving the military, the term PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) was unfamiliar to me. I thought that was only for the guys on the front lines who saw drastic things during their time at war. What I didn’t know then were the many facets of PTSD. While serving, I experienced an MST (Military Sexual Trauma) situation in combination with other incidents, qualifying me as suffering from CPTSD (Complex Post Traumatic Stress Disorder).

I can identify 5 prominent ways PSTD has impacted my life. Can you relate?

  1. Being alone is easy. I find peace in the quiet.
  2. Working in an office is overwhelming, but work is unavoidable.
  3. Everyday interactions feel uncomfortable. It’s like I share too much, or I don’t share enough at all.
  4. Low confidence. I overthink many things, and it’s tough for me to make decisions.
  5. Difficulty navigating relationships,

These are just a few of the effects of my experience with PTSD as a military woman. I appreciate the opportunity to share a part of me that I don’t share with anyone. Nevertheless, guided by my faith and surrounded by wonderful individuals, I am both a leader and a work in progress. This journey has inspired me to establish a community for veteran women facing challenges after leaving the service, offering support and connection for them to cultivate a vibrant and abundant life filled with love, joy, and happiness. If you find yourself in that category, we warmly invite you to join us.


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