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PTSD used to be called “shell shock” among other names, to describe how some war veterans acted when they returned home. However, the incidents that can bring about PTSD are varied and numerous, anything from rape to a natural disaster.  


According to the National Institute of Mental Health, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, or PTSD, develops after a terrifying ordeal that involved physical harm or the threat of physical harm. The person who develops PTSD may have been the one who was harmed, the harm may have happened to a loved one, or the person may have witnessed a harmful event that happened to loved ones or strangers.”


My Story  

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​I was deployed in Bosnia for about 6 months shortly after the civil war there was supposedly over.  I say supposedly because there was still quite a bit of, um, let’s say, “activity,” there when I first arrived.  I was never in a firefight or in direct combat, thank goodness, but I spent countless hours listening to gunshots from who-knows-where outside the compound.  I was in fear for my safety, nearly constantly, for several months.  The allied forces (IFOR) were clearing away the landmines, and the daily explosions rattled my nerves.  For these and other reasons, I came home with a ripe case of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), my little souvenir from Bosnia.



PTSD affected my life quite a bit more than I imagined it would.  When my body was very ill with fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue, depression, anxiety, IBS, migraines, etc., it was as if all my demons came out to play.  The sicker I was in my body, the worse my mental health became too.  I experienced many commonly-known symptoms such as anxiety and nightmares, but I wasn’t prepared for the intense feelings of rage I felt.  I always had to sit with my back against the wall, know where the exits were, and I could never really relax.  If someone startled me my reaction was so heightened that I thought I would jump out of my skin and I would actually become nauseous from the adrenaline that dumped into my system.


The interesting thing about PTSD is that it is kind of like a snowball.  Along with the original event, a person’s mind likes to add other bad memories to the mix from the past, events from the present, and even the projected future too.  And then comes the snowstorm!  I would try and try to avoid situations where I knew the PTSD would be triggered:  no crowds, certainly no firework displays, no violent shows on tv, etc.  The Fourth of July would be hell for me!  I would hear gunfire, not fireworks, and I would smell the gunpowder and I would start to have a meltdown.  I would shake uncontrollably, cry and fear for my life.  I would have nightmares and be very upset.  


I was in the premier program for PTSD in the entire Veterans’ Administration Hospital network.  The Cincinnati VA even had a women’s department for PTSD.  I was on all kinds of medications, antidepressants and anti-anxiety pills, I was going to see a psychiatrist, a psychologist, and in a “group.”  The results were mediocre at best.  I was basically to the point where I would not guarantee to my husband that I would not commit suicide, that I would just have to take it day by day.  All that effort, all those meds, all that support and I still wanted to die.  I did not make plans or attempt to hurt myself, but I always thought of suicide as my option of last resort.


I Had Hope for The First Time in Years!


​When I madeThe Healing Quantum Leap as described in my book Freedom from Fibromyalgia: 7 Steps to Complete Recovery, the depression and anxiety I was experiencing seemingly disappeared quite quickly.  I had a new zest for life!  I wasn’t completely out of pain and my sleep wasn’t healed yet, but I felt hope for the first time in years.  I believe a lot of the reason for hope was that my gut was healing and producing the chemicals my brain needed to operate normally.  (I have read that up to 80% of the neurotransmitter serotonin is made in your intestines.  Serotonin is the neurotransmitter targeted in many antidepressant medications.  You have probably heard of them, they are called SSRIs, Specific Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors.)  ​However, as my body healed, I was still dealing with some of the lasting effects of the PTSD.  


Most treatments for PTSD involve talk therapy with a psychologist and the use of various psychotropic drugs, such as antidepressants. The Veterans Administration Hospitals, which have the highest percentage of PTSD cases, are also utilizing group counseling. With all of the research that has been done and with the amount of cases they have seen during the last ten plus years of war, the results have been less than mediocre. The VA and active-duty armed forces are seeing the highest rates of suicide in their history.


A Natural Approach to PTSD Recovery


Natural recovery from PTSD has been achieved through the use of the technology involving meridian tapping, also known as EFT, or Emotional Freedom Technique. This technology was discovered by Roger Callahan and was first used for the elimination of phobias. Later, Gary Craig used EFT to address all kinds of conditions, from emotional blocks to actual physical pain.  


​I discovered meridian tapping one day in of all places a diet book!  In his book The Weight Loss Cure “They” Don’t Want You To Know About by Kevin Trudeau. (This book is where I found information about the HCG Diet, which is described in the chapter “Weight Loss” in my book, Freedom from Fibromyalgia: 7 Steps to Complete Recovery.)  I looked up more information about meridian tapping on the Internet, and I found out that people have used it for all kinds of conditions, including PTSD.  


Meridian Tapping is the tapping on specific acupuncture points with a person’s fingers, with a specific thought in mind. It is simply a way to transform emotions from negative to neutral. Once the emotions are calmed then healing can take place. Interestingly, the person doing meridian tapping does not lose their memories, they just cease to be disturbing and disruptive. And, unlike other therapies, there are no negative side effects and the person does not have to relive the nightmare again to find relief.


I did tapping for about 5 minutes a day for a few weeks, and I completely eliminated the PTSD!  Also, I found out that other issues came up while I was working on the PTSD.  What I found was the PTSD from Bosnia was set up long before I went to Bosnia, actually it started in childhood.  So I started to tap on anything and everything that came up during my 5 minute sessions.  The results were miraculous!  Because the depression, anxiety, sleep issues and the PTSD became resolved, I was actually released from the psychiatric care of the VA Hospital.  When I asked the psychiatrist how many people get better and are released, she said it was less than 2%.  I love being in the top 2%!!!



My holistic, multi-dimensional approach to recovering from combat-induced PTSD can be found in the book Freedom from Fibromyalgia: 7 Steps to Complete Recovery available at  Further information about meridian tapping can also be found at, which has free information and where I also learned tapping.  


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Natural healing expert, speaker and author Leah E. McCullough, affectionately known as The Fibro Lady, is author of the book Freedom from Fibromyalgia: 7 Steps to Complete Recovery.  Go to to receive the free ebook “Lose Up to 15 Pounds in 30 Days without Exercising, Starving or Stressing” by signing up for Leah’s natural health newsletter “The Uncoventional Traditional.”  Leah can be reached at 859-380-9737 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .




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One of the greatest privileges in life is being able to help someone acknowledge and pursue their passion. We at Military Musters strive to assist people with this goal, particularly through our life coaching programs. One story we would love to share is that of Susan Reynolds.

susan reynoldsWhile browsing through her Facebook Newsfeed, Susan noticed that the Military Spouse Corporate Career Network had posted a link to the Military Musters site. She decided to explore the different services that Military Musters offers. From the very start, Susan says she has enjoyed being involved with the Military Musters team. She noted, “This has been one of the most positive and enlightening experiences ever.  I have enjoyed the process from the first email, first phone call from Tara, emails from Don, to my coach Carol.  I have shared my experiences with others because it's been that great.” Through her various sessions with her life coach, Carol, Susan was able to refocus her goals, and remind herself what really mattered in her life, both personally and professionally. Susan stated, “In one of my last sessions with Carol I said to her that in my early adult years I was always focused on working with children.  Helping children, caring for our children, through healthcare, advocacy, education, special needs care has always been the issue that gets me going.  My passion for children is who I am.” Once she had this ‘a-hah’ moment, she was able to recognize the fact that she wanted to take her life in a new direction. She knew that her passion and her gifts could be shared with people who would truly benefit from them, and that fact gave her immense joy. “To have the realization and knowledge on who you are and what you are meant to do is fantastic.  I am now on the path to starting my own business,” Susan says.

Susan acknowledges that military life can be difficult, and encourages others to explore all of the resources that are available through various organizations. Though there are different options, Susan believes that coaching is one of the most beneficial. She says, “While I believe that counseling is a wonderful thing, coaching provides something else.  The collaboration from coaching is vital to the self-actualization process.  That collaboration is what sets Military Musters apart.”

We are so glad that Susan decided to allow us to help her on her journey, and we wish her all the best as she continues to enjoy this new life path.

written by:

Julie Barrowclough
Military Musters Communications Team Member


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Introducing Carol Courcy, A Master Certified Coach and Military Musters Volunteer.

To be able to provide services to veterans, Military Musters must work with experienced professionals who volunteer their time to help the veterans we serve. When these amazing people give us the chance, we love to interview them and share their story.

Carol Courcy is a Career and Life Coach with over 20 years of experience in corporate coaching. She is the Author of Save Your Inner Tortoise - Learn How to Cross the Finish Line Joyful and Satisfied. b2ap3_thumbnail_save-your-inner-tortoise-lowres_20140903-030025_1.jpg

Carol was introduced to Military Musters by Deb Humphries, also a Military Musters coach whose son is a Marine veteran. She was eager to lend her coaching skills and to be of service to those who protect our country. She and Deb had created a program to provide coaching to local veterans but they wanted to have an impact on the larger veteran community. The solution…Military Musters who is one of the only nonprofit organizations with programs focused solely on delivering Life Coaching and Holistic Healthcare to our military and veteran communities. Their program provides life coaches the opportunity to give back and support our troops and their families.

Since joining together Carol has worked with five clients and says that working with Military Musters has been a very positive and heartfelt experience - for her and her clients. She appreciates the careful screening of Military Musters’ In-Take Process. Each veteran or military spouse that applies is assessed to find out which services will be the most effective for them, so by the time they meet Carol, they are ready for coaching. That “good fit” makes everyone’s time together much more productive. Given her favorable Military Muster’s experience, Carol now likes to refer veterans to Military Musters before she works with them. A win-win situation!

Here are some of our main questions covered in our interview with Carol about coaching in the veteran and military communities:

Q: How is coaching different than counseling or therapy?

A: Although all three of these supportive professions have the benefit of the client in mind, they come from completely different perspectives. The beauty of counseling or therapy is healing past experiences that stall moving on. The professionals lead the recovery process. Sometimes letting go is necessary (therapy) before moving forward (coaching). Coaching’s focus is moving forward by setting goals and accountability measures to secure a new future. In coaching the client/veteran-- NOT the coach-- leads with goals and desires. It is not usual for a coaching client /veteran to also be in counseling or therapy with the professionals working in concert for the benefit of the client/veteran.

Q: How are corporate coaching and veteran coaching similar?

A: Both kinds of coaching require the client to do a lot of work outside of the coaching meetings. The coaching meetings are for learning, progress reports and planning next steps. The real work happens between meetings when the client employs their learning in real life. As the client checks in, both client and coach partner to make sure the goals are right and the speed of activity is right allowing the goals to change or evolve. Coaching usually lasts between three and six months with “booster shot” meetings as needed afterwards. Both corporate and veteran’s coaching include measurable goals.

Q: What is the difference between corporate and veteran coaching?

A: Corporate coaching can include three parties: the corporation, the employee/client and the coach. When a corporation encourages an employee to participate in coaching, they and the coaching client are directly affected by the results. In its early days, coaching used to be a way to get under performing employees to perform at a higher level. More recently, coaching is used to reward high achieving employees to increase their contributions and job satisfaction. Company core competencies and goals are often a part of the goal setting, results and accountability features of corporate coaching.

Veteran coaching (similar to outplacement coaching when shifting jobs) only involves two parties: the veteran and the coach. The veteran is participating in coaching for their own gain to realize goals using their strengths along the way. We [Carol and Deb] have observed that even though veterans no longer have a role in the military, they remain “mission driven”. As active-duty military their whole life was impacted by this mission. When they become veterans, they can benefit from working with someone to find their own “mission”. Career and life coaching can help veterans plan what they want to do by realizing the strengths they wish to take with them after the military, let go of those no longer needed and set new objectives to fulfill their own mission. Simply said, the focus is on achieving personal goals while having insights and fun along the way!

WE are honored to have Carol on our team of life coaches who volunteer their time to create a positive impact in the lives of our active duty service members, military spouses and veterans. You can learn more about Carol, her book and her other contributions at

Thank you, Carol!

~ The Military Musters Team

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