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Dear Annie: As a mili- Another Job,” who is frustrated tary war veteran and someone by a young co-worker. “Justin” raised in the midst of inner-city can’t remember what was said violence, I have suffered from the minute he hangs up the teleand learned a great deal about phone, doesn’t pay attention to post-traumatic stress disorder what he is doing, takes on no (PTSD). There are many mis- new responsibilities, makes the conceptions about this com- same mistakes over and over, mon and treatable illness, and I texts his wife constantly and want to make sure your readers falls apart over every issue. know the truth about PTSD and I would like to mention how to get help if they need it. another possibility. I know a When I got out of the ser- young man who needs constant vice, I could only sit in certain teaching, doesn’t want to try positions in a room and go to new things, forgets almost incertain places. I couldn’t be stantly what he has been taught in crowds or tolerate any kind and rarely offers to do anyof loud traffic noise thing. He has a pro(not easy for a New cessing disorder. He Yorker). I couldn’t sit is a loving 30-yearnext to a window. If old, but I don’t think anyone came up behe will ever hold a hind me to say hello, job unless special I would drop them to considerations are the ground, expectmade for him. I hope ing an attack. that if he does get a I didn’t recognize job, it is with folks this at the time as who are tolerant of PTSD. I know there his learning disabilare many others with ity, although they stories like mine, and may not know he has I want them to know Annie’s Mailbox special needs. —A that PTSD is a real Reader illness with real treatment opDear Annie: Please pass tions. It is also important to this along to “Trying To Be a know that this doesn’t only Stepdad,” whose wife doesn’t affect members of the mili- back him up when he refuses to tary. Anyone who experiences buy the kids expensive things. a traumatic event can develop My ex-wife was exactly the PTSD. same. Anytime I would try to It wasn’t easy, but I eventu- teach our two sons that you ally got the help I needed and can’t have everything you ask am in a much better place. June for, I would be disregarded. 20 is PTSD Screening Day, I served in the Navy, and the and June is PTSD Awareness kids knew if I said “no,” the Month. Anyone can go online next time my ship went out and take a free and anony- to sea, their mother would get mous screening at www.PTS- them whatever they wanted. DScreening.org to see whether The kids never had to work, their symptoms are consistent save or wait for anything. with those of PTSD. It can be Two years after I retired, my hard to reach out and ask for wife left me for half of my penhelp, but doing so can make sion, and I inherited $50,000 a huge difference. —William in credit card debt. I am still Terry paying it off eight years later. I Dear Mr. Terry: Thank tried to be a good provider, but you for sharing your story with my ex could spend it quicker our readers. You are correct than I could reload the ATM. that anyone who has witnessed My oldest son and I don’t comor experienced trauma can suf- municate because I don’t bail fer from PTSD. This includes him out every time he needs anyone affected by recent trag- money. My younger son and edies such as Sandy Hook, the I have a good relationship beBoston Marathon and the tor- cause he now understands why nadoes in Oklahoma. The first I am this way. If “Trying” and step to getting help is identify- his wife can’t stand united, ing the problem. We urge those especially on big-ticket items, who think their experience he will be the one picking up with trauma is impacting them the tab for a long time. —Been to go to www.PTSDscreening. There, Retired org and take a short, free, anonymous screening. You won’t be sorry. Dear Annie: Can you tell me what is so wrong with a youngster sending an invitation to her aunt addressed to “Aunt Frances” instead of “Mrs. Frances Smith”? My sister gets all bent out of shape when my 10-year-old daughter addresses an envelope to her this way. —Wondering in Clinton Township Dear Wondering: Your sister should be amazed to receive a handwritten envelope from her niece altogether. It’s fairly rare these days. It’s perfectly OK for a young niece to write “Aunt Frances” on an envelope. Many aunts would be charmed. However, one rule of etiquette is not to intentionally offend. Since you know your sister wants a more formal address, teach your daughter to write to her this way, and please don’t editorialize when you do so. Dear Annie: I read the letter from “Wish He’d Look for
PTSD doesn’t only affect soldiers
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 19, 2013
HI AND LOIS
By Bernice Bede Osol
You could be extremely fortunate in the year ahead in advancing certain endeavors that you personally manage. However, you should be wary of situations where you have to share your authority. GEMINI (May 21-June 20) -Some exciting news is making the rounds among your friends. The buzz is likely to be about you and some exciting, significant development that you’re involved in. CANCER (June 21-July 22) -- Some confidential information from an unexpected source could come your way. However, there’s a chance you might not give it the proper importance. Don’t be afraid to act on it! LEO (July 23-Aug. 22) -- The impression you make on friends today is likely to be so good, everyone will have a feeling that they should be doing something special for you. Don’t be surprised if one or two do. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) -You should be exceptionally lucky in terms of fulfilling your chosen goals. Take this golden opportunity to focus on your biggest and most ambitious objectives. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23) -You’re likely to learn something important when trying to teach another. It behooves you to be nice to those who ask for help, and to pay attention to your work. SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 22) -- Greater returns than what you would normally expect are possible from a sideline endeavor. Review what happens to see what future opportunities exist. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 23-Dec. 21) -- You tend to take on the vibes of your associates. If you hang out with someone who you feel is always lucky, his or her fortune could rub off onto you. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) -- Things are changing for the better, and it looks like you’re going to get all the help you need for a critical project that you were worried you’d have to tackle alone. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 19) -- That tingle you feel in your chest could be a direct hit from one of Cupid’s arrows. Things could get rather interesting for you in the romance department. PISCES (Feb. 20-March 20) -Don’t stop being hopeful regarding the outcome of an important event. Things are getting back on course, and you’re likely to start getting the results you desire. ARIES (March 21-April 19) -You’ll be particularly good at most anything you take on today. It doesn’t matter if you want to promote, build, purchase or sell something -- shoot for the big time. TAURUS (April 20-May 20) -- Yesterday you were likely to be better at handling small transactions than large endeavors. Conditions are reversed today, however, so think big.
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