The problem with most people that have never dealt with someone that has had/has PTSD is that they don't understand it. Read up on it by searching around Google to get a better understanding. This goes for both the military and civilian populace. PTSD and TBI don't JUST happen to military members. It can happen to anyone that has been through a traumatic experience (firefights, robberies, car accidents, deaths of loved ones, etc.). The best way to help someone is to listen to their feelings and stories WITHOUT judging them. Some people judge someone with PTSD and label them as "Broken" or "Damaged" when this is not necessarily the case. They are going through a lot in their lives and need to let their stress out to anyone that will listen, in any way they can. We encourage those with PTSD to express themselves through art because we, and many others, feel that art is a great form of therapy for those that feel they are under such pressure. It's good that civilians are getting more involved with the military community because in the end, we are all together on this issue. War is one place that millions of people will never experience while many others are living it every day. I've been to Iraq and Afghanistan and can say that war changes you. Sometimes for better (makes you more responsible, you learn to grow up faster, gain a brotherhood/sisterhood of friends, etc), but it also has it's negative affects on everyone in some form (PTSD, depression, etc). The problem with PTSD in the military is that many feel that there isn't a person to talk to. That is something that we want to change because there are MANY people to talk to. Veterans Affairs has therapists that help military members and their families through their struggles, but sometimes that isn't enough. Talking to friends and family about it will help because it gets them involved and lets them understand why someone has anger issues, trust issues, or numerous other things. Military chaplains (whether you're religious or not) are well versed in dealing with PTSD and the affects that war has on someone. They are there for you to talk to every single day. Encourage others to open up about their experiences and express themselves by doing something they love; writing, art, music, sports, etc. Keep their "heads in the game" by showing them they are still a great part of society and that you'll be there for them no matter what troubles they go through. Sorry this is so long. Hope it helps answer some questions