Image of family Staff Sgt. Ty Michael Carter is our Nation’s newest Medal of Honor recipient. While talking to reporters, he revealed that he plans to use his unique platform to address an issue affecting many Veterans, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Having firsthand knowledge of PTSD, he believes that he can play a valuable role in warrior transition units.

It never ceases to amaze me how those that risked it all for others are the same individuals who desire to continue serving others. It is my belief that SSG Carter will be a strong voice for Veterans and will encourage many to seek help. This will likely save even more lives than he already has.

Every day, Veterans and health care providers alike meet others that need a gentle nudge or encouragement to seek help. With proper treatment, Veterans can continue to live fruitful and rewarding lives. But it takes others to achieve that goal. Not only does America need SSG Carter to share his message, but we need health care providers all across the Nation to serve our Veterans in local communities.

In a commencement speech addressed to the Harvard graduating class of  2007, Bill Gates reminded students that,  “From those to whom much is given, much is expected.” That same advice has been given for generations and has been a cornerstone for our Nation. Our founding fathers gave of themselves that we all may enjoy liberty today. As we watch the news around the world daily, we cannot neglect the fact that we must still band together to preserve our way of life. For those of us needing to complete our education or training to be eligible to serve Veterans, we have earned the right to use our GI Bill to advance. For Veterans and non-Veterans with health care experience and education, it is our turn to serve our Veterans.

In 1965, an American folk band, The Byrds released the song Turn, Turn, Turn (to Everything There is a Season). It became an international hit, gaining accolades including #1 spot on the Billboard Hot 100. Within the famous song are several messages that can mean many things to many people; its relatability likely leading to it’s worldwide popularity. For myself, there are two lines that speak to me. “A time to war….and a time to heal.”

SSG Carter’s message is to increase awareness of PTSD for others to heal; VA’s message is to care for Veterans, that they may heal. And to do this, we need you. By setting a goal to serve at VA, we can all… make a difference. Apply today at

Today….is a time to heal.

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Published on Aug. 5, 2013

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