America is full of patriotism. From the National Anthem to the Star - Spangled Banner, American patriotism is pride for the home of the brave and free. However, our freedom has a cost. Many Americans celebrate our soldiers, but very few understand them. They are hailed in high regard and respect, but very few have support and guidance for the services they render to the American people and on behalf of American patriotism.
The Man in the Mirror: Lost Soldier is the story of my journey, but the reality of so many young men and women that do not return home mentally, physically, emotionally or socially. Roughly, one out of every eight soldiers suffers from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Since World War I and World War II, soldiers were “debriefed” by commanders when early signs of stress arise after a significant battle. Proximity, rest, and expectancy were used to treat soldiers after identification of symptoms.
The support needed to treat and rehabilitate PTSD survivors is massive. Combat is not the only trigger to PTSD; traumatic life events in general can trigger PTSD. Our hope is that health organizations, doctors, and medical groups, work to provide support and answers to circumvent PTSD. Though Kenneth’s journey has been overcame; the toll and pain was tremendous. Every aspect of his life was shattered and most of all his family/home life was destroyed.
We urge you to join in the efforts to help support our soldiers. Provide them with effective treatment and outreach to bring them “back home.” The price of freedom is way too much, but the price of being lost and trapped inside of trauma is insurmountable.