Being Grateful… It Does Make A Difference

By Jay Dobyns – ATF Agent (ret.), Best Selling Author and National Keynote Speaker

For those unfamiliar with Jay’s story, he was a federal agent for 27 years.  He developed into an elite undercover operator who focused his efforts on violent suspects.  Late in his career he experienced a massive amount of credible death threats from criminals that he had investigated.  His agency failed to react properly and when he challenged them, they retaliated against him in a dreadful way.  He filed a lawsuit and won behind the facts, evidence and testimony to prove the abuse.  His trial court victory was appealed by the government and ultimately overturned.

The truth was not enough to overcome a legal interpretation of law.  The appellate court ruled that, although unfortunate, there was no law or contract to prevent his agency from unmasking the location of his residence, failing to respond when arsonists burned his home to the ground (characterized by some as a failed assassination attempt), and then doubling down and corruptly trying to frame Jay as the arsonist.  For 15 years Jay fought for justice and accountability for himself and all lawmen and women.  Jay has been a regular contributor to the Safe Call Now mission.  Below is an essay he wrote for our friends and audience after learning that at the end of this tragic journey, he had lost.  Jay is not only a warrior and survivor, he’s also very #grateful for his journey.

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Managing #1stresponder PTSD

First Responders face dangerous and traumatic events on a daily basis.  There is no way to know or predict which event could affect a first responder negatively enough to cause post-traumatic stress disorder.

Unfortunately, in a culture of bravery and pride, asking for help can be seen as weakness and many do not seek the help they need.  They can be left to deal with PTSD on their own and revisit difficult and negative emotions over and over again. First Responders can feel like they are trapped in a painful past.

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How Does PTSD Impact the First Responder in Addiction?

By Safe Call Now Admin Staff

Seven out 10 American adults have experienced trauma in some form or another in their lives. As many as 20% of those adults may develop post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). PTSD can occur after a number of near-fatal events including combat experience, automotive accidents, sudden emotional loss, sexual assault and more. Even witnessing one of these events can be enough to develop PTSD. It’s natural to experience troubling memories for days, weeks or even a few months. However, if those intense negative feelings continue beyond that period, you could be suffering from PTSD.

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