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Carthage woman creates magazine for veteran wives and PTSD awareness

Ashley Wise is a believer.  

In 2012, the military wife posted a photo on facebook to raise awareness about Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and how it affects soldiers.

She believed it would spark a conversation.

What it created was a community.

"All of a sudden, we had so many stories that we just knew we had to help and that it wasn't just about us."

So Wise created the forum Battling Bare for people affected by PTSD and secondary trauma, such a spouses and children, to share their stories and insight.  

"We started realized that we have awareness, we have education, how how we can tangibly change lives and get them healed or healing?"

That's when wise launched Teal Star,  a magazine all about PTSD.

It features everything from personal stories, to expert advice.

"No matter what they are going through, as a service member, as a spouse of a service member, as a son or a daughter, a brother, a father, they know that there are resources and outlets that they can turn to," said Rob Wise, Ashley's husband.

Another goal for the publication is to give a voice to spouses of soldiers with ptsd.

"With a lot of these woman, they're entire identity is wrapped up in veteran caregiver," said Wise And they have no idea who they are anymore."

Wise says as the publication grows, it will provide flexible employment opportunities for military spouses.

"We wanted to figure out a way that we could teach these woman a how to work from home, where it also has a feel good factor that they're helping people."

From her home office in Carthage, Wise is building an empire of awareness, all from posting a single photo and being a believer.

For the October issue of Teal Star Magazine, click here

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