(39) A Veterans Day Message: From a Veteran to all Veterans

Golly, Miss Molly

A blog about a service dog and her veteran with PTSD

(Supporting the veteran and the family caregiver)

 

A Special Message from Miss Molly’s Veteran

 I described to my husband a blog I wanted to write called, “PTSD Hurts.” William often brainstorms ideas about the blog with me. This time, he wants to share his thoughts directly with readers. Veterans Day is a good time to share this message:

Dear Veterans

     To all of you recently released veterans, who are suffering from TBI and PTSD and who are finding their lives turned upside down or your wives are leaving you—there is hope.

     This is from a veteran who suffered for over forty years without a service dog and went undiagnosed for two decades. When I sought help from the VA, they decided that the best way to determine I wasn’t a malingerer was to throw at me any test that could be done to a human being. These tests caused me to walk away, leaving behind my opportunity for a service-connected disability and treatment.

     I lost two-thirds of my life to PTSD. Thankfully, the Lord allowed this to prepare me for something else in my life.

     Less than a year ago, Molly has become my closest ally next to my wife and topped only by my Lord, Jesus Molly on William's lapChrist.

As William and I talked about the impact of PTSD, he shared details about his assignment to a damage assessment team. The details of this assignment rank high on the gruesome list and are too horrific to share in the Molly blogs.

After a time of quiet between us after he shared his experiences, he chuckled.

Relieved at his laugh after sharing such horrible details, I said, “Okay, you have to tell me what you’re thinking.”

“Remember my old vanity license plate, ‘S O G V E T ?’

“Yes, the one that referred to your Vietnam assignment as detached to a search and operations group?”

He nodded. “People used to ask me what type of veterinarian I was. I always said, ‘”Wet animals only.’”

 Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord,

     And whose hope is the Lord.

 Jeremiah 17:7

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About the blogger

Dr. Penelope “Penny” Culbreth-Graft is a retired city manager and graduate professor. She lives with her disabled Vietnam Veteran husband, William, and his service dog, Molly, on Cheyenne Mountain in Colorado. She writes, paints, cares for her husband, and spends time with her grandchildren.