We have been friends with Aneita, Megan, and their family for years. Their pain as they struggled through the effects of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder with their son/brother became our pain. But in their faith-filled choices, they've turned tragedy into passion to be used for the good of others. These two are very intelligent women who are not afraid to research, study, call, ask questions. In other words they have become self-educated experts on PTSD. I have actually seen the files they've compiled. This knowledge has been recognized as they were invited to be Consumer Reviewers in Washington D.C. and online for Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs alongside top scientists from across the country. This committee reviews research proposals for military health issues to determine their qualification for further funding. Upon discovering the depth of Aneita and Megan's research they were singled out as experts in the area of PTSD. Aneita and Megan's hearts to better prepare homecoming soldiers and their families through The Hidden Front have been tireless. But in addition they are reaching back to those affected by wars-past whose struggles have never been acknowledged. I am convinced the work of the Hidden Front is not a passing phase, but as long as there is resource, Aneita and Megan will be on the front line.
I have helped with the Hidden Front in several ways since it was first began. It's founders, Aneita and Megan are very energetic and devoted to helping our veterans and their families who are dealing with PTSD. They have turned a personal tragedy into a positive by helping others. The Hidden Front has had informational conferences, awareness days, media appearances, and many personal contacts with veterans and families, providing information and resouces as needed.
I have been able to help at some of their fundraisers and it has been uplifting to see the helpful effect this organization has had in people's lives. I think they provide a vitally important service for some very deserving Americans. Whenever I have shared the existence of this organization with others, especially military families, they are relieved to hear that such an organization exists.
We personally know the founders of The Hidden Front and we know about their passion to help our soldiers who are coming home from Iraq and Afghanistan and other war fronts with post traumatic stress syndrome - PTSS. One of their family members suffered PTSS before it was recognized as a problem of those involved in fighting for our country. Because that family member did not get the help he needed when he needed it, he is now serving time in a prison. The Hidden Front will hopefully help others in a way that their relative was not helped when he needed help.
Driven, enthusiastic, compassionate, and there for you day or night describe Aneita, Megan, and their family. They have turned their own family experience into something positive, The Hidden Front. The Hidden Front helps our veterans, soldiers, their families, and anyone suffering with PTSD. It brings awareness about PTSD and teaches and helps you to understand what PTSD is. They have a heart for our veterans and their families and are doing all they can to help them.
This organization was formed under painful circumstances with the goal of helping others avoid such pain in their own lives and the lives of their returning veterans. I have seen first-hand the drive and dedication the founder of this organization possess and her dream to help others is awe inspiring. I believe this organization will continue to grow and make an impact in more veterans’ lives as awareness about The Hidden Front grows. I myself am a veteran and would encourage any veteran suffering from the scares of war to reach out and contact The Hidden Front for information regarding their circumstance. It is an honor to know the people who created this veterans group. Their dedication to helping others will never waiver and they will provide veterans with the answers they need regardless of the situation.
I live in the same community as Aneita. I seen the pain that they suffered because they had no idea of what was happening to son who had came home from the war so hurt. Out of the tragidty that they have suffer they have worked hard at helping other families to recognize what is happening to their loved one so that they can get help. Also the hidden front has brought this help to one place to make it easier for them to fine what they need. I wish everyone could turn such a tragidty into something so good.
Aneita Strasburg is a friend of mine. I have seen her pain and the pain that her family has been through the last few years and it tears at my heart. But through all the pain a strong UNITED front was built, in her family and friends. I am so proud to call her friend. Aneita and Megan have turned their personal family tragidty into something positive, The Hidden Front, it is bringing awareness to those who may have otherwise never been able to get help. They also are the prime example of what people can do for the good of others. With the time, love, and passion that Aneita and Megan have for The Hidden Front the word is getting out that there is help out there and they will go to any lengths to help!! For me personally I have seen a strength and kindness in these two that I respect and admire.
Aneita Strasburg of THE HIDDEN FRONT lives 15 miles from me. As president of the NE Veterans of Foreign Wars Memorial Highway 83, and Exec. Dir. of THE VETERANS MUSIC MINISTRY, I have been in contact with Aneita from before it existed, during the crisis and grief which served as the catalyst for the program, the development, and have seen the program grow. I've provided resources, encouragement, entrepreneurial tips, etc during the development. I've been privileged to attend a Seminar she hosted, using her pain, using Therapists, a Vietnam Veteran to help reach out to other Blue/Silver Star families....to help them identify red flags in their returning family member from Iraq/Afghanistan....those tips that were not provided to her when her son returned. She is using her knowledge and research to reach out to other parents to fix what makes her sad, not only for our community but beyond. In her mission to help others, she is finding healing for herself. I'm proud of her enthusiasm, the proof she listened to my ideas, and the fact that she cares because she is one of the secondary victims to PTSD of the War on Terror.