"Making Invisible Wounds Visible"

What is Fog Of War?

- Our mission as wounded combat veterans is to expose our struggles and tell our stories. We will reduce the stigma associated with PTSD and other combat-related conditions. 

- We will foster a community among our members who find unity and belonging through our blog and social network. 

- We will make available numerous resources for our members to seek care and assistance.

Endorsements

"For years now, behavioral health workers in the military and VA have been reaching out to veterans of wars new and old with the message that there is real help for PTSD and you just have to ask for it.  Top leaders in DoD and VA have joined chaplains and doctors in creating new systems of care for service members, veterans and their families.  The problem is that, while science changes quickly, culture changes slowly.  There are still many service members and veterans who would rather not let others know that they might have a problem.  They fear for their careers and worry that they won’t able to be there for their buddies or that they might lose the love and respect of their families. 

This is where peer programs like Fog of War can make a huge difference!  When fellow combat veterans take the conversation about PTSD and other problems faced by Service Members and their families into their own military communities, they jumpstart a cultural shift.  Talking openly about these problems is NOT a ticket out of the military or the end of your self-respect: It’s actually one of the best ways to keep your warrior’s edge and to have your buddy’s back.  It can save lives, mend families, promote careers and develop communities that care rather than fear.  As a psychiatrist, I know what I can do and what I can’t.  Therefore I welcome Fog of War as a valuable new partner in bringing our nation’s veterans home."


Associate Director, Department of Veterans Affairs Mid-Atlantic Mental Illness Research, Education and Clinical Center

(Fog Of War) aims to meet a vital need of military service members and the people who care about them by breaking silence about the psychological wounds endured by those who serve their country.   By reducing stigma about deployment and post deployment reaction, (Fog Of War) has the capacity to help returning service members understand and respond to their experiences in ways that are health-enhancing. Further, your aim of rallying  support within the ranks has the capacity to be transformative as we know that perceived social support is one of the most powerful predictors of who does well after facing life threatening situations.

Elana Newman, Ph.D.

McFarlin Professor of Psychology

The University of Tulsa