Army wife dealing with effects of PTSD starts support group

Crystal Reilly, the spouse of a Fort Bragg soldier with PTSD, took her battle with the Army public after she said they abandoned her family in their time in need. Almost all of the Reilly family's belongings were for sale in the front yard of their Lakeway Drive home in Fayetteville. » Read more « (Nicole Carr)
July 3, 2013 3:07:08 PM PDT
A Fort Bragg wife fighting to bring awareness to the wounds of PTSD has formed a support group for military spouses.

ABC11 first met Crystal Reilly in April when she held a yard sale to try and keep the family's roof over their heads. After six deployments, her husband's command had demoted him, cut his pay, and she said they ignored his needs for treatment.

Her cry for help was literally written across her home, with her family's belongings all for sale in the front yard.

After their story aired, Reilly's husband began receiving the help he needed through the military.

After an outpouring of support from across the country, Reilly decided to start Military Magnolias- a spousal support group for those dealing with the effects of combat wounds.  The group is what Reilly calls the safe zone.

"The biggest thing I am hearing is that I'm not alone," Reilly said.

In the meetings, they are as candid as possible about PTSD. Their hope is that the group will be a place where the women can break their silence.

"We've collectively decided that we're going to be a safe place. There's no protocol, no counselors. It's just us getting together and being able to socialize," Reilly said.

Military Magnolias will hold their first meeting Wednesday evening. For more information, visit their Facebook page here.

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