Group of Military Wives "Battling Bare" against PTSD

A group of Military Wives are taking a head turning approach to solve a crisis.

They're going bare, while baring their souls to raise awareness about post-traumatic stress disorder and the need for treatment.

Ashley Wise uses eyeliner to bring attention to more than just her eyes. She pen's the "Battling Bare" pledge on the back of army wife Jennifer Brown, for a photo to add to the group's Facebook page.

“This pledge that you're making for your spouse that in my opinion it's just as important as marriage vows,” says Military Wife Jenifer Brown.

Wise says she came up with the pledge and "Battling Bare" out of desperation which she says grew as she tried to get help at Fort Campbell for husband with PTSD.

“I felt like streaking through the general's lawn, because then maybe a naked woman would get attention and they wouldn't sweep me underneath the rug,” explains Military Wife Ashley Wise. Decided to instead do a photo campaign and it's what I call a god moment. Pledge, picture, and ten minutes later it was on Facebook.”

In the picture Wise took, she is wearing her husband's hat and holding his gun. But Wise says her husband was not her only inspiration.

“These are my husband's dog tags,” says Military Wife Alicia McCoy. “They were found in his car, when they retrieved his car, and brought it back to me after they found my husband's body.”

Alicia McCoy's husband Sergeant Brandon McCoy committed suicide in March. She says her husband sought help for PTSD, but it wasn't enough.

“Our soldiers have a lot to say,” explains McCoy. “They have a lot bottled up inside of them and no one is listening. I feel like they are afraid to be able to say what they need to say because it will hurt their record."

It's a silence Wise and these other women hope to slowly break with "Battling Bare's" mission.

“Ensuring that the stigma of PTSD does not go away and people talk about it, that's really the biggest thing and in talking there's healing and not ignoring, because people are dying,” says Wise.

One picture, a pledge and one solider at a time.


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