Lest We Forget PTSD support group was founded in 2009 by retired Iraq veteran Tom Vande Burgt and his wife Diane, after realizing there was a need for peer to peer help in dealing with PTSD/TBI wounds. The group originally was located in Charleston, WV but are now located in Beaufort, SC.
Our belief is that this issue is not just your problem, it is everyone's problem and without the support of others in the local communities, outside of the military and VA system, we will continue to watch veterans, troops and families fall through the cracks and not recieve the help and support they are entitled to. Our goal is to not only help ourselves but help our fellow veterans, troops, loved ones and their families connect and get the help they deserve within their own communities which is another important way to fight and deal with this problem.
Lest We Forget is undergoing some important changes and the future focus of the group will be to connect those dealing with PTSD/TBI and find healthier ways to cope, support and deal with this disorder and injury. We believe that by joining together we can support each other in ways many other programs can not.
PTSD affects everyone around you but most of all the people who love you most, your family and friends. Our belief is that by helping not only the person suffering from PTSD but the family and loved ones, the road to healing will be less difficult by not having to go this alone.
• Knowledge is the key and the hardest hurdle to get past is denial and mis-information.
• There is no “cure” for PTSD, but it can be managed. You can control the beast and not let it control you
Below is a link to "our" personal story. You can find out more about us by just googling our names. We have provided credible research and information for numerous articles, news organizations, Doctors and veterans groups working to improve the care and treatment of our troops and veterans. Changing the way others treat PTSD/TBI injuries will take time and the pulling together of many wonderful individuals and groups.
If we can help just one family or person it was worth it!