Veterans more than ever are working together to help raise awareness on military issues. From the single veteran writing a blog about battling PTSD-A Soldiers Prospective to a group of veterans such as the members of Rolling Thunder who ride for POW-MIA, veterans are finding new ways to raise awareness.
Thanks to the Internet these veterans are able to connect to thousands of other veterans by making a website, joining social networks such as Facebook and Together We Served, and even by posting videos on You Tube.
An Army veteran by the name of Kyle Hausmann-Stokes who I found through Facebook, is another veteran helping to make a difference. Kyle is raising awareness about numerous issues pertaining to the military by using what he has learned in film school. Kyle has created films from the frontline while being deployed, to now his latest film helping to raise awareness about PTSD. His latest film Now, After reflects a combat veteran turned school student who struggles daily with PTSD and though the film begins with graphic images (which is to give viewers a real sense of what soldiers diagnosed with PTSD are facing), the film has a great meaning. A veteran battling with PTSD is never alone and in the end of the film you will see what I mean.
Kyle along with the other veterans I have mentioned are using the internet to their advantage to help raise awareness of so many issues pertaining to us who served in the military.
Though the Veterans Affairs was created to help us veterans who served or are serving, I have found that many times the best source of information comes from another veteran.