Arlington, Virginia (TFC) – A completely unscripted and uncensored movie profiling veterans from the Iraq and Afghanistan wars is available online for free for the next two days. It follows Special Operations soldiers as they discuss their attempts to adjust to a “Lack of Traumatic Stress” as one of the soldiers refers to it. The troops candidly discuss the effects of bouncing from combat to home and the challenges they faced.
Some in the United States still see PTSD as a nonexistent syndrome used by cowards to get out of more combat duty. It should be noted that some of the men that allowed themselves to be videotaped for this film were members of SFOD-D, more commonly known as Delta Force. They openly discuss their battles with PTSD, or as they call it “LTSD.” Those that doubt the severity of the epidemic might call these men cowards, but we wouldn’t suggest calling them that to their faces.
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From the YouTube channel:
“That Which I Love Destroys Me is a unique and powerful film by director Ric Roman Waugh. TWILDM is an uncensored look at the current epidemic of PTSD and severe mental trauma that create tremendous challenges for returning service members. A five-year labor of love, TWILDM followed two Special Operations Soldiers as they returned home after fighting in the longest combat campaign in American history only to face a new battle; the effects and stigma of PTSD and reintegration as a whole. But more importantly, the documentary addresses how they’re overcoming these issues.”
Suicide rates among military members are about twice those of civilians. The number of military suicides have numbered about 300 per year for the last five years. Suicide rates in the Air Force and Navy are climbing while suicides in the Army and Marines are declining. The Army and Marines initially had much higher rates but seem to have made headway in encouraging troops to seek help.
The epidemic of PTSD reaches into our communities every day.There is a list of ways to get involved on the Take Part website.