Here is an amazing piece stunning in its honesty and intensely honest! Please read it; all Americans should try to understand the desperation of PTSD. Indeed, maybe if all the citizens of this world read and understood this situation we would find alternatives to war..??
There are a higher percentage of deaths from suicide among Combat Veterans as compared to the general population in America. According to research, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) may be a fundamental cause of this increased suicide rate. My experience with PTSD stems from a tour in Iraq more than a decade ago. PTSD is real and has tangible and damaging side effects. It manifests its self among us in different ways and levels of severity. PTSD may be an outcome of any traumatic event from a car accident, to witnessing a crime, to being attacked by a dog, to being a victim of sexual abuse. Anyone can suffer from PTSD; the ailment has no social, economic, religious, gender or racial biases. Anyone is open to its dark shadows.
My thoughts below have no scientific merit nor are based upon research or psychoanalysis. They are just my ramblings that I felt…
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This was posted this morning on the NWS Anchorage website and it heralds something that’s just unbelievable. To imagine that even south central Alaska will be seeing temps above freezing in middle January is absurd but to see those temps reach 40 F and involve rain is just unbelievable!! This winter has already been extremely mild and now we could well be seeing some of the most mild weather yet. I truly am beginning to wonder just what’s going on with the state’s weather; I moved up here for cold and snow and thus far this winter most of that’s been in the lower 48 from whence I came..! Not much I can do as Mother Nature will do as she pleases but I’m really beginning to wonder if I’ll see much snow at all this winter let alone cold…
Special Weather Statement
SPECIAL WEATHER STATEMENT NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE ANCHORAGE AK 900 AM AKST MON JAN 13 2014 AKZ101-111-121-125-131-135-141-145-152-155-161-171-140700- ...UNUSUALLY WARM AND WET CONDITIONS TO IMPACT SOUTHERN ALASKA LATE WEDNESDAY NIGHT TO SATURDAY... A SERIES OF FAST-MOVING STORM SYSTEMS WILL MOVE NORTH ACROSS SOUTHERN ALASKA THIS WEEK WITH ORIGINS IN THE SUBTROPICAL PACIFIC OCEAN. WITH EACH PASSING STORM...WARMER AIR ALOFT WILL CONTINUE TO PUSH FURTHER NORTH AND WEST INTO THE STATE. LATE WEDNESDAY THROUGH SATURDAY...A STRONG AND EXTREMELY MOIST SERIES OF STORM SYSTEMS IS POISED TO SWEEP ACROSS THE STATE AND BRING PERIODS OF HEAVY RAINFALL TO COASTAL LOCATIONS...WITH PERIODS OF LIGHT RAIN FOR INLAND LOCATIONS OUTSIDE OF THE HIGHEST ELEVATIONS. TEMPERATURES ARE LIKELY TO RISE WELL INTO 30S AND 40S FAHRENHEIT AS FAR NORTH AS THE ALASKA RANGE. STRONG WINDS ALONG TERRAIN GAPS SUCH AS TURNAGAIN ARM AS WELL AS HIGHER ELEVATIONS OF SOUTHERN ALASKA ARE ALSO POSSIBLE. THE GREATEST IMPACTS MID TO LATE WEEK APPEAR TO BE RELATED TO RAPID SNOWMELT POTENTIAL...RAPID RUN-OFF AND PONDING OF WATER ON TOP OF ICE FROM RAINFALL. THESE IMPACTS COULD CREATE CONSIDERABLE DISRUPTIONS TO OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES AND TRAVEL ACROSS MUCH OF THE REGION. BY SATURDAY NIGHT AND SUNDAY...TEMPERATURES LOOK TO DROP BELOW FREEZING FOR MOST LOCATIONS WITH A RETURN OF MORE SEASONABLE WEATHER. INTERESTS ACROSS ALL OF SOUTHERN ALASKA SHOULD REMAIN APPRISED OF THE LATEST FORECASTS AND BE PREPARED FOR THIS SIGNIFICANT CHANGE IN THE WEATHER PATTERN. ALONG WITH YOUR FAVORITE MEDIA SOURCE...WEATHER INFORMATION CAN BE OBTAINED BY VISITING WEATHER.GOV/ANCHORAGE. $$ CASSELL/MALOY