Military wives go topless for PTSD
Nashville, TN (WSMV) – A military wife is using her body to help save lives.
She and hundreds of other women are going topless on Facebook to bring attention to PTSD.
It all started with just one picture and a Facebook post, and in a matter of months, it has grown to hundreds of pictures as women from around the world take off their tops to battle bare.
Ashley Wise uses this eyeliner to bring attention to more than just her eyes.
She pens the battling bare pledge on the back of army wife, Jennifer Brown, for a photo to add to the group's Facebook page.
Wise says, “This is a pledge that you're making for your spouse that, in my opinion, is just as important as marriage vows.”
Wise says she came up with the pledge to “Battle bare” out of desperation, which she said grew as she tried to get help for her husband at Fort Campbell for her husband, for PTSD.
Wise explains, “I felt like streaking the General's lawn, because then maybe a naked woman would get attention, and they wouldn't sweep me underneath the rug. I decided to, instead, do a photo campaign, and it's what I call a 'God moment' – pledge, picture. Ten minutes later, it was on Facebook.”
This is the picture wise took, wearing her husband's hat and holding his gun, but Wise said her husband was not her only inspiration.
Alicia McCoy says, “These are my husband's dog tags. They were found in his car when they retrieved his car and brought it back to me after they found my husband's body.”
McCoy's husband, SGT. Brandon McCoy committed suicide in March. She says her husband sought help for PTSD, but it wasn't enough.
“Our soldiers have a lot to say. They have a lot bottled up inside of them, and no one is listening. I feel like they are afraid to be able to say what they need to say, because they're afraid it's going to hurt their record,” McCoy explains.
It's a silence wise and the other women hope to slowly break with battling bare's mission.
Wise says, “Ensuring that the stigma of PTSD goes away and people talk about it. And that's really the biggest thing. And in talking, there's healing and not ignoring it. Because ignoring it, people are dying.”
One picture, pledge and soldier at a time.
Wise says she hopes to make her group a non-profit soon.