Canadian soldier in firefight-Afghanistan. Photo courtesy YouTube.
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder is an insidious chronic condition that can affect soldiers, emergency responders, or just about anyone who encounters a traumatic experience. I tasted it after witnessing a man stabbed to death on a sweltering August evening in Toronto in the 1990s. While knowledge about PTSD is gaining, and although help is sometimes available, God help PTSD sufferers whose trauma began before this decade. Soldiers who suffered from it were often told by their commanding officers to “Get the sand out of your vagina, soldier.” Emergency responders were left to find solace in a bottle of Wild Turkey.