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PTSD And Me: Craig Silverson’s Story Part 2

This is Part 2 of Cpl Craig Silverson's journey through PTSD. You can follow him at @CraigSilverson There was no escaping it! From helmet to boots.  Once you stepped off, it was there. Moon dust. It was  so fine, similar to baby powder, that underneath my feet tiny clouds would appear. To my surprise the landscape had changed and the terrain had become hard and clay like.  Fractured.  The stark contrast captivated me. An image that I would later see when I looked in the mirror. Underneath the surface and often barely evident was our biggest threat,  Improvised Explosive Devices. Now my anger had become my own IED and  the slightest thing would set me off! I desperately wanted my…
Bob Jones
November 10, 2019


The first tweet about the Fort McMurray fires showed up on my phone on Tuesday night. I was in Montreal on the second night of a ministry conference. The guest speaker was just getting into his message. His subject - how God starts “spiritual fires.” For the rest of the evening there was a tragically ironic parallel as he spoke about “the fire of God” while I was seeing tweet after tweet of horrific images of the fire destroying Ft Mac. Maybe I should have been paying closer attention to the speaker but a message about fire doesn’t cut it when a fire is raging towards friends’ houses. It was termed "catastrophic," a "multi-headed monster" and a "dirty, nasty" fire. 80,000 people…
Bob Jones
May 4, 2016


They will always remember the moment the windows simultaneously blew out in their home. Minutes earlier Phil Gifford had been on the roof trying to extinguish what he believed to be a chimney fire. Phil, a volunteer firefighter, was familiar with chimney fires. His wife Tess had smelled smoke and so he used a ladder to get on the roof for a better assessment. NOT OUR HOME It was Thursday November 19th, 2015. Phil started to rip off parts of the roof to to get a better look at the source of the smoke. As he worked, his thought was, "I'm not going to let a fire get our farmhouse." Tess called the fire department while Phil rigged up garden…
Bob Jones
November 25, 2015