084: A Veteran Speaks

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In this episode of Change It Up Radio, we’re talking about honoring our veterans and healing the painful wounds of war and post-traumatic stress.

We have freedom today because brave individuals have been willing to go to scary, dangerous places and put their lives on the line to fight for our country. Those are the veterans that we honor today and every day.

There are other holidays, like Memorial Day, that honor fallen veterans who fought for their country. But I love the fact that on Veteran's Day, we honor and thank every man and woman - particularly living veterans - who have served the United States in all wars.

My father Jack Gutman, one of the last surviving veterans of the Invasion of Normandy, joins us today to share his painful recollection of the Invasion of Normandy along with his journey of healing the wounds of war after a 66 year-long struggle with PTSD.

He also shares the beautiful healing experience he got to have this past June when he and a group of other veterans made an emotional and life-changing return to Normandy for the 75th anniversary of D-Day.

We Discuss:

- The epidemic of post-traumatic stress disorder, depression, and suicide in veterans

- The events of D-Day and the Battle of Okinawa that changed Jack Gutman’s life forever

- Why more veterans are not seeking help or are resistant to mental health support

- Reducing the stigma of mental health care in veterans and others experiencing PTSD

- How PTSD can affect anyone who’s experienced a significant traumatic event

- Helping a veteran to seek counseling and other beneficial mental health treatment

- An emotional and life-changing return to Normandy for the 75th anniversary of D-Day

For the full show notes visit: www.ChangeItUpRadio.com

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