Post-traumatic stress disorder is a condition that countless American soldiers deal with on a daily basis. Unlike most disabilities that result from the battlefield, post-traumatic stress disorder does not leave a visible scar. For this reason, the condition referred to as PTSD is commonly put on the back burner when it comes to treatment for soldiers returning from battle with disabilities.
One local Santa Clarita organization is trying to change that perception however, Vets Back to War Zone. The non-profit organization helps disabled and low income vets return to the battlefields they fought in, to help jump-start the healing process from the mental scars that returned home with them after their tour of duty ended.
On Friday, October 15th, at the Paseo Club in Valencia, Vets Back to War Zone hosted a benefit dinner to raise donations to help their cause. Tickets for the event cost $25, and included guest speaker and former Mayor of Santa Clarita, Bob Kellar.
The event also included the introduction of the organization’s new president, Dick “Tarzan” Jeffrey. Jeffrey served in Vietnam as a corporal in the Marine’s 1st Provisional Rifle Company, which was stationed in the Quang Nam provence on the outskirts of Da Nang. When asked about the driving force behind Vets Back to War zone, Jeffrey said, “What we want to do is take away the fog of war, and heal the silent wounds of combat trauma … replace all those negative images and replace them with positive ones.”
Vets Back to War Zone does not limit the tours returning to old battlefields to Vietnam. The organization is wiling to pay the ways of vets back to any battlefield that is accessible, as donations permit. If you would like to make a donation to help an American veteran take a step in obtaining closure and help heal the “silent wounds of combat”, please visit Vets Back to Warzone’s website at www.vetsbacktowarzone.org, or call 661-373-4770.