Dear Washington D.C.

With all of the sadness of this week, I believe it’s ok to be sad, angry, post things, watch the news, etc., etc., etc.  But the only way we are going to truly end this is by taking action, so here it goes.  I encourage you all to do the same.

Dear Senators Webb and Warner,

I would like to start by saying thank you for being a voice for Virginia. It gives me hope that my two cents can be heard even if I’m not in Washington.

I am a Returned Peace Corps volunteer. I had an incredible experience, however have suffered greatly from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder related to the two years spent in Panama as a volunteer. Thankfully I am getting the help I need with the help of an incredibly loving mother in addition to being one of few “lucky” Americans with resources to go to doctors and pay for medications that would be unattainable for less fortunate people. I say this because I don’t know where I would be today if it weren’t for the help of a counselor.

That being said, I believe that problem lies in the United States healthcare system. Why does it cost so much to get the help one needs? As we see with Columbine, Atlanta during the Olympics, the Fort Worth, Texas army base, Virginia Tech, Aurora, and now the elementary school in Connecticut, it costs lives. So what is more important? High healthcare costs with a bone chilling high mass murder rate? Or cheaper way to access health care and saving lives not ONLY of victims but reaching out to these mentally ill perpetrators and their families. We all deserve to live freely, in both body AND Mind.

I realize you all are doing what are able as legislators. What more can we do as citizens to end of these occurrences?

Thank you for your time,

Kate Douglass

4 thoughts on “Dear Washington D.C.

  1. Not sure if this blog is still active, but if you’re willing to share I’d like to know more about the PTSD you’ve been dealing with..

      • Thanks for the reply. If you don’t mind me asking, did something specific happen? I ask because I have dealt with anxiety myself and am also considering the Peace Corps. I’ve been curious to see how it affected people from a mental health perspective, both your time there and transitioning back to American life.

      • I have always had some anxiety. The Peace Corps is an extreme experience and it will bring out all of your emotions-many times all in the same day :) It is very rewarding but very hard at times.
        It is important to prepare yourself mentally. I would suggest seeing a counselor and speaking with them about it. I would also recommend being honest in your application and with the placement officers – that way they can understand what sites might be best fit you. Best of luck!

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