The column that says we have too many of our heroes returning from war with PTSD, just like we had too many returning from Vietnam with substance abuse that went untreated, which means the war doesn’t end when the soldier comes home, so neither does our responsibility and the responsibility of the VA, and those who decided Agent Orange caused no problems should be in prison.
By Jack Hummel
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Gail Ward explains PTSD:
PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) is essentially an anxiety disorder.
It develops in response to traumatic or life-threatening experiences such as war, sexual assault, accidents, or natural disasters.
Symptoms: anxiety, anger, depression, irritability, sadness.
Nearly everyone will experience a range of reactions after trauma, yet most people recover from initial symptoms naturally. Those who continue to experience problems may be diagnosed with PTSD.
People who have PTSD may feel stressed or frightened even when they are not in danger. Not every traumatized person develops ongoing (chronic) or even short-term (acute) PTSD. Not everyone with PTSD has been through a dangerous event.
Some experiences, like the sudden, unexpected death of a loved one, can also cause PTSD.
Symptoms usually begin early, within 3 months of the traumatic incident, but sometimes they begin years afterward. Symptoms must last more than a month and be severe enough to interfere with relationships or work to be considered PTSD.
The course of the illness varies. Some people recover within 6 months, while others have symptoms that last much longer. In some people, the condition becomes chronic. A doctor who has experience helping people with mental illnesses, such as a psychiatrist or psychologist, can diagnose PTSD.
“Guess we have an expert on PTSD.”
Shep can tell you all about PTSD and Vietnam.
He took out his anxiety by cleaning out every bar in Bridgeton.
When Don Reich was coaching football at Bridgeton High, his nephew — Frank Reich, now of the Eagles coaching staff and a possibility of becoming a head coach — was playing for the University of Maryland and coach would hurry up and get changed after a BHS game and head for Byrd Stadium.
“Uncle! But U remember after all these years!”
— Don Reich
We most remember the 1986 season when the Bulldogs made the playoffs playing at Salvy Blandino Stadium because Jim Hursey Stadium was undergoing renovations.
Reich was like a kid in a candy store.
We also remember his low point, when the team he trusted explicitly let him down off the field and he couldn’t get over it, and he stopped coaching the Bulldogs.
Very, very emotional man.
“Jorje is absolutely correct. Much waste in all government.
“But the school curriculum is so wrong. It needs to get back to the basics. It never needed improving. Old school and some changes are not for the better.”
— Gail Ward
Education also needs to be more transparent.
What goes on behind school doors is a microcosm of the community — good and bad.
The community needs to know that, and not just at school board meetings.
The teachers are not allowed to talk, but can get blamed.
“Public” is the operative word here.
It doesn’t get any better …
“My heart literally aches this Friday. I always say I’m just an announcer and I’m the least consequential person in the great scheme of things. But to some of the parents whose sons and daughters I announce for, I’m much more apparently.
“Case in point, Laura Riggitano Walker. She’s the mother of one of Cumberland’s standout players from 2016 and forged a bond not just with other parents but with me, as well. She would joke about why I’d be over at softball when baseball was going on and say how it wasn’t the same without me there.
“Heck, she and her family treated me to some good eats and drinks every now and again.
Moreover, this past summer while beginning the battle I’ve been fighting for these last several months, she and her family took time out of their schedule to visit me in the hospital and encourage me to get well.
“Laura passed away earlier this week at the young age of 53. May she fly with the angels and may I be able to do as she requested and be back where I need to be for baseball season.
“RIP, Mrs. Walker.”
— Jim Williams,
CCC Dukes announcer
“Let’s see a march for children in the United States who were already born:
• Without adequate health care (7 million)
• In poverty (15 million)
• Killed or injured by gun violence (10,000/year)
• Malnutrition (3 million)
• Unvaccinated (3.7 million)
• Facing deportation from U.S. (60,000)
• In foster care without an adoptive family (100,000)
• Child refugees seeking help they’ve been denied by the US (3 million).”
— Jim Cook Jr.
Bob Rose listening for the music at the Don Rainear Amphitheater in Bridgeton where he once produced folk concerts for the city that were mostly attended by out-of-towners.
He knew all the great names on the circuit.
The amphitheater is the microcosm of Bridgeton. It remains silent.
Now that Bridgeton is 43 percent Latino, we must ask Father David Rivera, Councilwoman Gladys Lugardo-Hemple and Jorje Romero what concerts they would like to see attracted, then ask John Fuqua, Jerry Young and Bryan Real who they’d like to see.
And then do it.
“They gave me the coffee at the Heart House AFTER THE FOUR-HOUR TEST WITH RADIATION.
“Radiation made me sick, so they had to give me a shot of something in an injection to take away the side effects. THEN … I got the coffee with cream and sugar and also a pack of peanut butter crackers!
“I felt so good afterward, I showed the staff I knew how to do the, ‘Twerk!’ They got the biggest kick out of me! Brought a little bit of sunshine in on a cloudy day.”
— Bonnie McKnight
Love the Heart House!
Wonder how many people can’t afford to go there
“Update on cats at West Landis Avenue Avenue ShopRite:
“Looking for colony caregiver for cats at ShopRite. If you need hep with TNVR, we are willing to help and help relocate them. They are in danger in parking lot.
“You can message me. Whoever is feeding them needs to stop. They do not want the cats TNVR. They claimed them as a health issue and called the SPCA.
“They will arrest anyone caught feeding the creatures (their words).
“Won’t be shopping there anymore.”
— Milllville Community Cat Program
“Duker Ts is giving out your last notice for Super Bowl Sunday orders.
“Stuffed long hots or stuffed jalapeños Still have room for a few more orders.”
— Robert Barber
“Would you like to support tiny hearts from the Cardiac Unit at CHOP in memory of Megan Daddario and the Philly Spin In.
“T-shirts are $15.00. Thanks for your support.”
— Sheri Calabrese
“Wednesday, Feb. 1, from 4 to 9 p.m., fundraiser for Gypsy’s medical bills.
“Print this flier, or message me and I can get one to you. And bring it with you to DiLisi’s in the Upper Deerfield Shopping Center on Wednesday. Please come out to support a great cause. We’re so close to our goal!
“For those of you who already donated to Gypsy’s surgery fund, I’m so very touched by your generosity. I cannot thank you all enough! You could win these gift baskets with all kinds of doggie treats!”
— Cheryl Desmarais
Up to $385 of goal of $900.
“The federal government has been making cuts to our fishing quotas and giving size regulations that are destroying our commercial and recreational fishing industries for too long.
“Not just here in NJ but up and down the East Coast.
“We have had enough! Until NOAA provides sound science and accurate numbers and a system that is up to date we will not be cutting our quotas here in NJ.
“The livelihoods of thousands of families and multiple industries are at stake. We can not afford to rely on information that is inaccurate and out dated!”
— Bob Andrzejczak
YOU CAN BOOK IT: When are we going to listen to the fishermen?