My name is Anita and I am a retired Master Sergeant. After 20 years with the US Air Force, I had to retire because my unit had no idea what to do with an E7 with severe/chronic PTSD. Losing my flight, my troops and my responsibilities within a year of diagnosis was terrible and left me without a purpose.
In order to help heal I began to do some beaded projects. I learned to bead while I was receiving treatment for PTSD at an inpatient facility, it was the only thing I could do to ground myself, the one thing that kept me level headed. Over the years it has grown to more than just beading, it now encompasses paper crafts and sewing.
Crafting is my therapy. While it allows me to create items and give back to Veterans, Military & their families, it is also an opportunity to bring awareness to PTSD and other mental health issues.