My husband and I have a story to share.
Several years ago, my husband developed PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) from his service in Vietnam. He had suppressed the horrors and memories for over 40 years. As with many Vietnam Veterans, everything was brought to the surface after he retired.
At a time in his life when he should have been ready for the “golden years,” nightmares, flashbacks, and extreme depression and anxiety took hold of his mind. This is forever, and will never go away…what a terrible thing to have to deal with for the rest of our lives.
Knowing that “inactivity breeds anxiety,” I had been searching for a solution that would occupy his time and make him feel productive. While looking for gifts that I could make for Christmas, I came upon recipes for sugar scrub bars, etc. The idea hatched from there!
This was something that we could do together at home. Many days, my husband can not leave the house, and this is creative, productive, and fun!
The Vietnam Veteran is often called the “forgotten soldier.” These men and women were vilified, and had a difficult time re-aclimating into society. There was a high rate of suicide among these veterans, and today the highest rate of suicide among veterans are men over age 50. At a point in life when they should be enjoying the leisure time afforded after their working years, these veterans are suffering.
Thus the name “Forget-Me-Not.” A way for us to give back to all of our veterans and a name that also has a deep meaning for me.
When I was a little girl, my father gave me a pendant of a forget-me-not flower with a pearl in the center. Unfortunately, it was stolen years ago. Therefore, with this name, we honor the memory of my father and my husband, along with all of those who have sacrificed in the service of our country.