This month, Reboot-Refresh is taking a “field trip”. We have found out that the documentary, Hell and Back Again, will be coming to Lexington, Kentucky, for one night only. Since the documentary is being presented at the same time we normally meet, we have decided to attend the showing of Hell and Back Again, and then meet afterwards to discuss the film.
We hope you will join us. Here are the details:
The movie is 90 minutes. It is being shown at LexArts, 161 N. Mill Street, Lexington, 40507. It is free and open to the public. It is being presented by KET as part of the ITVS nationwide Community Cinema program. We will meet in front of LexArts at 6:00 pm, Thursday, April 19.
Here is some information about our Invisible Wounds Care Group, Reboot-Refresh. We meet on the third Thursday of each month. We meet at Southland Christian Church, in Room B133.
Our focus is to support one another and learn to help one another through life after combat. Many of us are playing a role of primary support for someone who has served in combat at some point in their past.
If you know your loved one is dealing with PTSD or a mild TBI, this group is for you. If your loved one doesn’t have a diagnosis, but you know life is simply not the same anymore since their return from war, this group is for you. Statistically, at least 20% of returning troops will have PTSD. Realistically, everyone who serves will come back changed.
PTSD carries a stigma that we don’t speak of outside our homes. The symptomatic behaviors are often nothing to brag about and we prefer to keep problems to ourselves, hoping and praying that the situation will resolve itself in time. Thousands of veterans return home from war finding themselves unable to fit back into society. These men and women now face a battle on the homefront which can result in broken relationships, substance abuse, mental illness, homelessness, and suicide.
Even if your loved one is seeking treatment, there is much that we, as caregivers, need to learn so that we can help our loved one work towards health and healing. Often times, our emotional reaction to what is happening will make the situation far worse. You may even find that you are exhibiting symptoms of Secondary Traumatic Stress and you probably feel overwhelmed and at a loss as to how to get any help for yourself.
We are not experts, but we are survivors. The purpose of this care group is to provide a safe atmosphere in which participants can share their hearts and their struggles. We have all experienced the spiritual, mental, and emotional battles that come with supporting and loving a combat veteran living with war’s invisible wounds.
We welcome anyone who has already walked this path in supporting a combat veteran. You can show us some of the lessons and techniques you have learned and teach us to be a better support for our own combat veteran.
If you are a veteran who is willing to share your perspective about living with PTSD, we would welcome your participation and suggestions for helping family members learn to be a better support for their combat veteran.
If you are the parent, spouse, family member, or close friend to one of our nation’s veterans suffering with PTSD and TBI, we hope you will join us on the first and third Thursday nights of each month. The group will meet monthly, on the third Thursday evening of the month from 6:30 – 8:00 pm. Childcare is provided. We will be meeting at Southland Christian Church, Room B133, located at 5001 Harrodsburg Rd., Nicholasville, KY For driving directions, click here. For a building map, click here.
If you have any questions, please contact Beth at firstname.lastname@example.org.