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Steve Sparks Blog Talk Radio FamiliyofaVet Jan28th Introduction from this website… Click to listen…
Join Family of a Vet Blog Talk Radio Show on Tuesday, January 28, 2014 with show host Debbie Sprague and guest Steve Sparks, Vietnam Veteran and the child of a veteran of World War II and the Korean war. Steve will share his experiences and insights of a child living in the world of PTSD with his father, and how that experience shaped his life, but also carried forward into his own military experience, Steve will share tips how we can be better prepared to live with PTSD today, and protet our children from the adverse affects.
I was honored to be invited for an interview on this important topic with Debbie Sprague. The interview is very comprehensive, detailing my childhood experience during the those “too terrible to remember 50’s” when my memory was most vivid. While painful to discuss my childhood, Debbie helped me put a frame around this subject and guided me so that we captured, in constructive and healing ways, what it was like growing up in a highly toxic home as a post WWII and Korean War military child.
The entire one hour podcast is available for listening at your convenience. The clip can be stopped or moved forward at any time. I would very much appreciate feedback and questions from my readership audience. The interview offers a true story and facts about my own childhood experience and can be used as a reference to develop actions connected with military family challenges in life after combat, especially interacting with kids. This is an opportunity to learn from just one of thousands of post WWII families when we had virtually no awareness of the effects of moral injury, PTSD, and the consequences of traumatic life events… Most of the true events and experiences from this interview are captured in my book as well.
There is much to learn from the stories we can share as children growing up in a military culture in the often challenging emotional circumstances surrounding parents who serve America in combat. The invisible wounds of war live with society for generations. We must find ways to break the cycle of pain and heal from the trauma of war. Keeping trauma bottled up inside might be a temporary fix, but tends to rear its ugly head in inevitable, painful. and untimely ways. My favorite quote by Maya Angelou sums it up… “There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside of you.”
Reconciliation: A Son’s Story
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