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by Doug Harvey
Port Stanley Author Gives 1,500 To The Poppy Fund

November 14th, 2016 - Today a cheque for $1,500.00 was presented to Betty Kennedy, Poppy Chair, of the Royal Canadian Legion, Branch 410, Port Stanley from first time author, Terry Campbell, of the book "TootTown". The book is a fictional satire, a bit "R" rated, and has an easy to read 360 pages for only $20.00 including HST. All sales dollars are being donated from the sale of this book, and will go to fund Veteran's healthcare, clothing and shelter.

Almost all of our returning Veteran's who had active duty during wartime came back with some level of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. For many, this condition has not been treated properly, and has caused many to live in poverty on the streets. Last Year, the Port Stanley Legion gave $3,000 dollars to the Homeless Vets, and this year will be able to make over $4,000 dollars because of this contribution made here today. Last year, the Ontario Legion's managed to give over $900,000 to the Poppy Fund, with most of the money going towards the care of Homeless Vets.

To really give some understanding to the magnitude of this issue, one example gave the number fifty-five, that's fifty-five Homeless Vets living on the streets of London, and that's just London, Ontario, Canada.

Another example was given concerning our Canadian Capital, Ottawa, when a survey was taken about eight years ago after numbers from the Federal Government were released. The Legion believed that the numbers were just to low to describe the number of local Homeless Vets living on the streets, in our Nation's Capital. To prove the Government wrong, the Legion set out searching, in shelters, asking about Homeless Vets, everywhere, and found hundreds. One sad story of a female vet living in her car for ten years, and the efforts, and success, of the Legion just this year to help get her out of the car, and into an apartment.

The Legion used to make kits, with hats, gloves, socks, other personal necessities, and food, and handed these out to needy Homeless Vets. Today, the Legion is trying to provide Homeless Vets with a more permanent living situation, and proper medical care for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.

An explanation of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder from the Canadian Mental Health Association follows.

What is post-traumatic stress disorder?

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a mental illness. It often involves exposure to trauma from single events that involve death or the threat of death or serious injury. PTSD may also be linked to ongoing emotional trauma, such as abuse in a relationship. Something is traumatic when it is very frightening, overwhelming and causes a lot of distress. Trauma is often unexpected, and many people say that they felt powerless to stop or change the event. Traumatic events may include crimes, natural disasters, accidents, war or conflict, sexual violence or other threats to life or safety. It could be an event or situation that you experience yourself or something that happens to others, including loved ones.

PTSD causes intrusive symptoms such as re-experiencing the traumatic event. Many people have vivid nightmares, flashbacks, or thoughts of the event that seem to come from nowhere. They often avoid things that remind them of the event - for example, someone who was hurt in a car crash might avoid driving.

PTSD can make people feel very nervous or ‘on edge’ all the time. Many feel startled very easily, have a hard time concentrating, feel irritable, or have problems sleeping well. They may often feel like something terrible is about to happen, even when they are safe. Some people feel very numb and detached. They may feel like things around them aren’t real, feel disconnected from their body or thoughts, or have a hard time feeling emotions. People also experience a change in their thoughts and mood related to the traumatic event. For some people, alcohol or other drugs can be a way to cope with PTSD.

Last Updated: Monday, 14 November 2016 16:47:50 PM EST

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