Those who are yet uninitiated may wonder — what is PTSD and what is its significance to the Navy SEALs – or any other site that talks about sailors and soldiers and anyone who puts his or her life on the line for country? PTSD – an acronym for post-traumatic stress disorder – is one battle wound that few veterans will probably talk about; it has been thrust to the limelight, however, due to the recent tragedy that happened in Fort Hood, Texas.
We would like to share with our readers this interesting feature on Time.com, which we feel sheds light to the plight of our country’s heroes when everything has been said and done. The fact that the feature is largely an account of experiences shared by a former Navy SEAL also lends more significance to the story.
Retired Navy SEAL Commander Mark Waddell had his share of the horrors of war. To say that he had more than his fair share will probably be inaccurate; it may even be safer to think that each and every deployed troop’s experience may be as traumatic as the next, despite their differences.
A lot of us will probably be familiar with the event that has been remembered as the worst disaster in SEAL history: the loss of a Chinook helicopter that had eight SEALs and eight Army aviators on board. Mark Waddell was not on that chopper, but he was the one who was burdened with the heart-wrenching task of going over the remains of the brave young men whose lives were so suddenly cut short, right when they were at their prime.
His wife Marshele was privy to his ordeal, and it was a challenge that they handled together. Their coming forward with their story through a publication as wide in circulation as Time can certainly raise more awareness regarding PTSD and the other “invisible wounds of war” that our veterans and our troops may be silently carrying. After all, and we have not said this often enough – being aware and doing what little we can to help raise and, perhaps, resolve these issues would be the least we can do for the people who are willing to risk themselves for the good of their country.