Living with PTSD…

By Serve & Protect’s Chaplain Ronald Jones

Albert Einstein stated, “Whoever is careless with the truth in small matters cannot be trusted with important matters.” Sounds very similar to a principle Jesus Christ taught, “If you are faithful in little things, you will be faithful in large ones. But if you are dishonest in little things, you won’t be honest with greater responsibilities” (Luke 16:10). I would encourage the reading of this chapter in its entirety as it holds as much relevance today as when first spoke by Christ.

Look at what is stated or implied: faithful, honesty, responsibilities, trustworthiness, character, fidelity, management, conscience, habit, honor, opportunity, diligence, foresight, duty, and integrity; just to name a few descriptors. As first responders we have all heard and spoke these words in our oath, pledge, vow, affirmation, promise, or testimony.

We live by creeds and ethos; no one left behind, we all go home, watch your six, I’ve got your back…

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When “PTSD” Came Home…

By Samantha Smith – Armor Up West Virginia

PTSD is no stranger in my house. My husband and I both have different degrees of it. The decision for my husband to go to an out of state treatment center was a very abrupt decision. It wasn’t anything we had discussed, but we knew he was going to need help.

The waves of emotions began to take over. We had very little time to prepare for my husband to be gone. The idea of not knowing how long he would be gone for was terrifying. The few days leading up to his send off were some of the most difficult days. I kept telling myself to keep a positive attitude, don’t let him see the worry or fear on my face. I knew if he had the smallest hint of doubt about me not being able to handle everything, he would cancel and not go.

It took a lot of reassurance on my part to let him know we (myself and our daughter) would be ok. Looking back, I think I was also trying to convince myself too. My anxiety was through the roof. I was secretly crying.

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What Should We Demand From an Organization and Its Leaders?

By Safe Call Now Admin Staff – “Please Share”

After being at this work for a very long time, I have seen some very nasty, unprofessional, and bullying tactics happening behind the scenes. This includes being personally harassed and spoken ill of. It is disheartened and sad to say the least. Why? Because the supporters of these organizations have no idea who these “so-called” leaders are and what their true goal is.

I am asking – “what should we demand from leaders and their organizations who are putting information out there”? When did we as a society decide it was okay to just believe anything we see, hear, or read?

If I told you there were 300 law enforcement suicides this year to-date, would you just believe me?

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