The husband started attending group therapy sessions for his PTSD last year. He was hesitant at first, but it ended up being a huge help for him and he still attends them. He made a lot of friends in these groups, friends that get what he’s going through and can listen if he feels like talking. A lot of these friends also have bikes. They say they are a huge help for the PTSD. The husband has wanted a new bike since he sold the last one somewhere around 2007. The plan was always to get another bike, it was just a matter of when.
For vets with PTSD, riding can bring them relief from everything. It clears their head and gets them out doing something they enjoy, which can be hard for them at times. The world around them becomes therapy. If they need to get away from a situation and clear their head, they can take a ride. It might not be for everyone, but it’s truly helping the mental health of some.
Motorcycle clubs also come into this. A lot of guys leave the service and miss the bond they had with their brothers. They may no longer have people around they can talk to, people who understand the issues they have or what they are going through. Motorcycle clubs bring that back. There are so many clubs out there that are for vets. We’ve all heard of the Patriot Guard Riders, but there are also smaller clubs that do just as much. This gives these guys the bond again and gives them people they can talk to. These clubs have rank structures, they ride in formation, and they have their brothers at their back.
So, the husband is getting a bike. He’s wanted one for a long time anyway, but if it can help him with his PTSD or whatever he is going through, them I’m all for it. Funny thing is, I told him I was curious if this was actually a thing or something that would just work for him. He didn’t know it was widely used either.