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“Collateral damage: The mental health issues facing children of veterans…”
CBS Sunday Morning Cover Story…”The mental health issues that face children of veterans.” CLICK ON THIS POWERFUL VIDEO CLIP!!!
“I think part of me still feels the relief of, ‘Christal, you’re not alone,'” she told Teichner. “And the other part of me feels so sad, because I wasn’t alone.”
Counting small victories, Christal Presley no longer considers herself a victim of her father’s war, but a survivor.
“I understand now that talking can be a matter of life and death,” Christal said. “Sharing your story can be a matter of life and death.”
When asked what was the best thing that came out of his telephone conversations with Christal, Delmer replied, “For me, just knowing that, I hope she knows I love her, and always have.”
The show gave me a profound sense of relief as a post WWII military child! So many kids never had a typical relationship, mostly loveless, with parents who suffered in life after war. If I had known decades ago what my Dad was going through, my relationship with him would have been far better…with empathy. Sad to think about… But now we can make a difference and help others turn the corner…