Therapy, PTSD & Milkshakes…

By Vanessa Stapleton – President Armor Up West Virginia

Two years ago today, for the second time, my then husband decided to end his life. This was his second attempt. His PTSD had gone untreated for five years. Today, I don’t even ask myself why he tried to kill himself. After having untreated PTSD for five years, of course he tried to kill himself. Knowing what I know today, I am shocked he made it as long as he did before attempting suicide.

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How To Be A Great Father and Cop…

Part 1

By Sean Riley – President & Founder – Safe Call Now

The cold hard truth…  I really know nothing about being a great father, not even a decent father.  I know what it takes to survive in the world of law enforcement, I know what it’s like to support the “Thin Blue Line” at all costs, I reveled in the “Brotherhood and Sisterhood” but I failed miserably as a father.  The day that badge was pinned on my chest, authority and leadership were bestowed upon me to carry out societies duties and see to it good always prevailed over evil.  Little did I know that someday I would become the evil that I swore to protect others from.  It’s not the evil that you think, it’s much worse because it’s those attributes and traits that kept me safe on the streets that I brought home to my child and projected onto them.  I had become a monster.

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I Used To Fear The Police… Now I Get To Help Them

By Shannon Clairemont

By the ripe old age of seven I’d learned to do everything by myself. I cooked. I cleaned. Did the laundry. I also worried constantly that the cops were going to come into my house and take me away from my parents – both of whom were actively struggling with addiction. While I’ve never been addicted to drugs or alcohol myself, I know as well as anyone else just how devastating addiction can be to families like mine. My name is Shannon and this is my addiction recovery story.

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