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Army Wives Get Naked For A Good Cause – ‘Battling Bare’ PTSD Awareness Campaign [video]

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A group of military wives are baring their bodies (discreetly) to help support their patriotic spouses through the “Battling Bare” campaign. The women grew tired of “staying silent” about the issue of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and created a media campaign to educate Americans about the affects PTSD has on the entire family, The Blaze reports. The military wives PTSD awareness campaign is a private organization in the process of securing non-profit status. The primary goal of the project is to empower “silent supporters” to “battle back” and provide resources to help returning veterans heal.

“Battling Bare” campaign photos of Army wives showing a bit of skin generated a lot of attention and helped relay the import message which is at the heart of the project. The pledge written on the bare skin of the participating military wife reads: Broken by battle, wounded by war, I support our troops forever – to them this I swore I will quiet your screams, help heal your shattered soul until once again every soldier is whole. Battle Bare.

The “Battling Bare” campaign began in April under the direction of founding member Ashley Wise. The military wife of a soldier battling PTSD told a friend “I kind of want to take my clothes off and streak across the 101st command building, because then maybe the general or someone would listen to what I’m saying,” according to the Tennessee Leaf Chronicle. After deciding streaking in front of officers on an Army base was not a good idea, Wise took a photo holding her husband Rob’s M4 with the pledge on her bare back and posted it on Facebook.

Less than 24 hours after posting the “Battling Bare” image on Facebook, Wise was contacted by a multitude of military support groups “praising her efforts,” The Blaze notes. The PTSD awareness campaign pledge garnered more than 1,000 “likes” during the first five days. The “Battling Bare” project continued to grow when other military wives and family members were moved to get involved as well.

Anyone can send in photos to be included in the project, but must comply with the strict no “naked private parts” rules. Children can send in bare feet pledge photos to support their military parent and teens are permitted to join the “Battling Bare” PTSD awareness campaign by sending in photos of the pledge written on a bare arm or shoulder, as long as part of a shirt is clearly visible in the image.

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12 Responses to “Army Wives Get Naked For A Good Cause – ‘Battling Bare’ PTSD Awareness Campaign [video]”

  1. Brenna Benson

    WHAT IS WRONG WITH YOU FEMALES? All that I can see what is going to happen is your "shell" of a husband is going to feel even more cast off and not good enough. WOW. JUST WOW. I don't know. I'm just looking at it in my perspective…. if MY MAN….would be sitting there showing off his privates to somehow do something with my PTSD…. I think I'd divorce him. Sorry. But that's MINE to have and look at and do things with (If I had a husband) NOT for the whole wide world to see his happy little mini-me go bouncing about and doing whatever! I don't think there is a man I know that would want this from their wives. COME ON! USE YOUR BRAINS! Would you really want the turn around to happen to you? Guess what sweethearts! PTSD is a little more complicated then you think and you're being absolutely insensitive and horrific to these fine soldiers! PUT YOUR CLOTHES BACK ON!

  2. Brenna Benson

    Seriously, all I'm seeing with this is an excuse to get naked in front of others. That's how the affairs start. KEEP ya damn clothes on.

  3. Deb Murphy

    Broken by battle,
    Wounded by war,
    I support our troops forever — to them this I swore.
    I will:
    Quiet your silent screams
    Help heal your shattered souls
    Until once again every soldier is whole.
    Battle Bare

  4. Deb Murphy

    Broken by battle,
    Wounded by war,
    I support our troops forever — to them this I swore.
    I will:
    Quiet your silent screams
    Help heal your shattered souls
    Until once again every soldier is whole.
    Battle Bare

  5. Lisa Brown

    You SUCK, Brenna! You SIMPLY SUCK!!! How DARE YOU judge these hurting people who are going through this. They are NOT YOU therefore, what they do in support of their loved one is THEIR's. Go judge someone else; not these folks who are trying so hard to keep their loved ones ALIVE!!!

  6. Brenna Benson

    Do you condone the whore on the street who is selling her body illegally so that she can make some money for college, kids, and whatever other reason? Usually there's the "At least they're doing something" thought then it's the "Maybe they could do something better…."

    Before you go screaming that I suck, why DON'T you go seeing the bigger picture. Why don't you see this from the SOLDIERS viewpoint? There are some men and women of the service that are alright with their spouses taking their clothes off for the— WAIT A MOMENT!!!! I don't know any of these soldiers if there are some. I don't know a single soldier that I've ever talked to from any branch of the military who would want their husband, wife, child or anything taking off their clothes and trying to do something about PTSD. MOST soldiers that I know? They're closed up for a reason. How about you take your head out of your fourth point of contact and see it from their side. Then tell me that I suck.

  7. Brenna Benson

    Lisa Brown… I've also been one of those soldiers, I'm still suffering. I had to watch my loved one die in my own sight. So… would you like to judge me on my perspective now?

  8. Brenna Benson

    Lisa Brown … I do have another question for you. Are you going to be the one who councils and tells these Men and Women of the services who are suffering like this and watching their family and friends have to deal with their own problems… are you going to be there for the soldiers and tell them that it's okay when their loved ones find another lover? Are you going to be the one who deals with their broken hearts? Are you? By all means. Please do. PLEASE do. I'd like to see this. I've talked down two from suicide from their women taking the womens clothes off and junk for other people, You want to go have a little chit-chat for them on this?

  9. Brenna Benson

    Seriously, are you prepared to deal with the abuse and the torment the soldiers go through? Are you prepared for this? DID YOU KNOW that no matter what gender… the biggest fear of a soldier is coming back to no one? I'm just seeing a disaster in the actions that are being taken right now. That's all. You don't like it? Well then, that's your opinion. I don't care. Just don't get all down on these SOLDIERS who suddenly need counciling because their loved one is no longer liking them.