Wednesday, January 22, 2014
To the Editor:
As spokesman for the Veterans Family and Friends with PTSD group, I would like to do a shout out to those organizations that have helped us to grow from a group of eight or nine members in 2012 to a contact list of 40 as of this month.
For those who don’t know, we are a volunteer group of Vets, their families and friends, who are dealing with PTSD (post traumatic stress disorder) and TBI (traumatic brain disorder.) We meet every Monday at 7 p.m. at Fellowship of Oakbrook, 1400 Old Trolley Road in Summerville.
The group is free, totally anonymous and unaffiliated with any religious organization.
In addition, we are the only group in the Tri-County area that includes family and friends in our group; the VA will only talk to our Vets.
With no particular order but with equal level of appreciation we would like to thank: The LT Dan Band, Stand Down Against the Homeless, Low Country Harley, the South Carolina String Rays, War Horse MC, Channel 2 and Channel 4 for interviewing us and putting us on the air. and Perkins Restaurants on Old Trolley, which let us meet at their fine establishment for eats and a space for business meetings.
Also, thanks to the Fellowship of Oakbrook Church, its congregation and its pastor Stan Cruz, a Veteran himself, for their support and for giving us coffee, and a meeting space. To PHOTGRAPHIK Digital Print & Photocopy, thanks for providing us discounts and T-shirts, banners and signs so the community would know about us. And the Veterans’ Administration and U.S. Veterans’ Resources for referring family and friends to our group.
Finally, thanks to the many other anonymous individuals who support us. Because of this support we have not only quadrupled the size of our local group but we have inspired the formation of similar groups in Texas and Spartanburg.
As we say in our group, “We have an obligation to those who did not return to help those who did.”
For more information visit www.meetup.com/Veterans-Families-Friends-w-Combat-PTSD-Support-Group or call/text (843) 509-0535.
DC “Chip” Nimmich