The theme of my radio show this week was all about the plight of our military men.
Their living conditions are shockingly challenging due to low pay and mental/emotional/physical issues that develop during their service.
These are the heroes that have stepped forward to protect us and what they have to deal with is appalling. They get very low pay in the first five grades and for many who have children it is impossible to survive unless the spouse has a good paying job.
I very naively thought that the government took care of all their needs and that is just not the case. Many of them are trying to exist on $25,000 a year.
What makes matters much worse, is that those who get deployed to a war zone often come back with debilitating conditions like PTSD, Traumatic Brain Injuries and physical disabilities. It is impossible for them to function normally under these conditions, so it becomes even more difficult to hold down a job and have a stable emotional life.
We interviewed Laura Mckinnon who worked for a non-profit called STEP, which helps enlisted personal with financial difficulties.
Also on the show was my father, Jack Gutman, who is WWII vet. He dealt with PTSD in silence for 66 years and recently wrote a memoir about his experience.
We discussed a lot of things that I believe are very important for every one of us to know. Please make time to listen to the show.
One other exciting bit of news…KCBQ, our radio station at 1170AM The Answer, has decided to have a special airing of our original show with my dad discussing the Normandy Invasion on D-Day. It will air at 11:00 a.m. on Memorial Day! We are very excited and proud that the station chose our show for this special airing.
For those of you who would like to hear the show but are not in the San Diego area, you can find it on my media page.
This Memorial Day, open your hearts to our veterans and enlisted men in some way. Donate to a foundation or group that is helping them, invite one to dinner, give food, clothing or other needed items to enlisted people in need. This year let’s all do something more concrete than saying, “Thank you for your service.”
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PAULA SHAW, CADC, DCEP is an author, Energy Psychology specialist, therapist, speaker, Reiki Master and Grief Counselor. For more than 20 years, Paula has been passionate about empowering people who are dealing with profound loss, so they can reap something truly beautiful from their pain. She also helps clients who are going through major life transitions or seeking freedom from self-destructive addictions. She has degrees in Education and Communications from Long Beach State University, as well as graduate counseling credentials from Loyola Marymount University. She is one of the founding members of the Association of Comprehensive Energy Psychology and currently serves on its board of directors. Paula is the author of Chakras, the Magnificent Seven (2002), as well as "Grief...When Will This Pain Ever End?" Finding Your Way out of the Pit of Despair After Profound Loss.
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