Many combat veterans develop Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), which often disrupts their lives and the lives of those they love.
Gene Burnett is a talented musician and songwriter who is also my tai chi teacher in Ashland, Oregon. He just finished a very touching collaborative video of his song “If There Was a Wall” that focuses on the struggles of veterans trying to cope with the psychological wounds of war.
My family members who have served in the U.S. military:
- My grandfather, John Soares, fought in the U.S. Army in France during World War One. He was a recent immigrant from the Azores Islands (Portugal) and was still learning English.
- My father, John Severin Soares, served in the U.S. Navy in the Pacific during World War Two.
- My oldest brother, Eric Soares, served in the U.S. Navy in the Pacific during and after the Vietnam War.
- My niece, Kasey Brown, currently serves in the U.S. Navy aboard the destroyer USS Bainbridge.
To all who have served in the military: Thank You.