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“Thank you so much for your efforts and your generosity. I wish that my wife and I had this the first time that I deployed. We have both struggled with stress. God Bless you!”
- 1LT P. H., U.S. Army
"When I returned from Afghanistan last year to a divorce your CD is what helped me through it, there are soldiers in my unit that need to learn better coping skills."
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I heard about this CD from my psychologist who has been treating me for PTSD.
-United States Air Force Airman Second Class
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- USO Of Hampton Roads and Central Virginia
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- Royal Australian Regiment
I am an Army veteran and am currently a Sergeant at the XXX Alabama Police Department.I am requesting 10 copies of Coping Strategies to distribute to officers at my department. Any consideration in this matter would be greatly appreciated.
This Video Audio is Great! I had previously attained 100 copies; I have over 200 Vets that I provide service trhough contracts with the Fed Vet Center and the XXXVA. I did give a few 5 or more to my clinical collegues who also appreciated the quality. I would appreciate about 100 more for the VN and Iraq/Afg and other Vets in need of bibliotherapy like this awsome A Vid.
I am a Combat Trauma Therapist - I have given your disc to many Veterans who find great benefit - I believe it is one of the best disc in production - I will take as many disc's as you can send - they will be used!!!
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My PTSD counselor recommended I ask for this CD to help me with my PTSD issues. I would like to have at least 5 copies to give to acquaintances who are also having problems coping with PTSD. Thank you,
I am veteran psychologist (Army) who provides assistance to the vets in Los Angeles Sheriff Department.
It empowered one father to reach out to his son. Here’s what he said in his message; forwarding the Patriot Outreach website (emphasis not added):
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I love you, my brave son! Dad”
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- PFC J. Oehring, U.S. Army Infantry (Deployed to Iraq)
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- MG(R) George R. Harris, recently retired West Point General assigned to the Office of the Secretary of the Army
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"I received my [Coping Strategies] CD and love it. I would very much like to request 30 more for use at the VA Clinic and to provide to soldiers and families.
This is a wonderful resource!
Addiction Therapist (VA Clinic)
The Be Still and Know Exercise works for me. It calms my soul, enhances my thinking, and improves my emotional regulation. I am thankful to be a more resilient chaplain. Read the chaplain's letter (PDF)
----Chaplain (LTC), U.S. Army (Southern Baptist)
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“The distribution of these [Coping Strategies] CD's has been a great success.
My thanks to the Lord and staff. I have been busy at the Mass Military Reservation on-base. Units from all over New England come here.
May I request 50 more CD's. One veteran has commented 'thanks for looking out for us!"
Respectfully, B. C., U.S. Air Force
“Hello I am a Professional Counselor in private practice and a volunteer in the 'Give An Hour' program. I anticipate needing no less than 6 copies of this product to use in conjunction with current and future active therapy cases. If you can supply this request i will be grateful.
Thank You,” Major W. K.
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"I have developed PTSD primarily through my life of being a child protective service worker for 11+ years. I became addicted to adrenalin. My tour in the USCG was not combat, but it was TERRIFIYING as I operated a search and rescue craft and had never owned a canoe before.
I went to the V.A. for counseling in 2000 and was referred out to a psychologist who knew nothing about PTSD. I still "doctor" with the V.A. and have a new lease on life due to the 'Be Still and Know' principles. I remain 'on the battlefield' as a social service worker and I stay in the fight because I believe I have a gift to do so. MANY others say I do as well."
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(Reprint New Insights, Aug 2008)
Dear Colonel Monaco,
First, I want to thank you for calling me yesterday.
I followed your advice and went back to the site and did the exercise. I feel so much better. I’ve let go of a lot of the other frustrations I have been carrying with me for a long time. This morning I woke up and started to write; what happened yesterday actually inspired
a scene I added to the script. I don’t mind if you forward this, I wrote this in mind to be shared.
I’ll admit it, when I was given the Coping Strategies
CD and visited the website, I didn’t think it applied
to me. I had become so used to existing on emotional stress and physical pain that I dismissed the notion that I needed to learn how to cope. I believed that I was coping with my problems well enough. After really taking a hard look at myself and actually [giving] the exercise a chance, I’ve come to realize that I’ve been holding onto all of the anger, disappointment, and sorrow from events in my past.
For the past seven years, in my mind’s eye I’ve viewed myself in three different ways: who I was, who I wanted to be, and who I am. I have been guilty of assigning my anger and disappointment in myself to everyone around me. I couldn’t take their love, support, and encouragement at face value. In my mind, I told myself that deep down they thought I was a failure and a burden. I overcompensated to the point that I really was just hurting myself instead of making things better.
After five surgeries to remove the joint, two bones, and damaged tissue in my right foot, I was diagnosed with causalgia; a disorder that developed as a result of the nerve damage from what happened to me in the Army. The best description I’ve read on the pain that comes with causalgia is “imagine someone replaced your blood with gasoline, set it on fire, and then kept the fire burning 24/7.” In the past few months the symptoms of [the] disorder has spread to my right hand, and that frustrates me far more than my leg.
All of this brings me back to the Coping Strategies CD. At the time I finally listened; I felt so frustrated and overwhelmed. The mental strain I was putting on myself because of my physical pain was causing me to lash out at the people around me. I was angry
about what happened in my past, I was frustrated by my physical limitations, so when I became upset over something minor I started cycling those negative thoughts that only served to make me feel worse.
It took someone’s kind reminder of the resource I’ve had all along to snap me out of it. I did the exercise.
Instead of focusing on my past, instead of focusing
on negative thoughts, I focused on being aware. It worked, and my bad mood lifted. I was aware of the physical pain, but it wasn’t at the forefront of my thoughts; this pain is not and should not be an excuse to make my life more difficult than it truly is.
Thank you and God Bless,
COL Antonio P. Monaco
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