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
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.