Hundreds of military wives are stripping off in an effort to raise awareness for the mental issues that develop from being involved in war.
The “Battling Bare” movement, which was started by Ashley Wise in April, has seen over 600 people submit photos of themselves inked with a “pledge” to stand by their husbands as they heal and deal with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).
The campaign hopes to bring a voice to the men that suffer in silence.
Wise knows first hand the damages of war– when she started the campaign she had been experiencing the frustrating ordeal of trying to get help for her husband, a former Marine and Army veteran who has served three tours in Iraq.
“My husband battles daily with his demons of war,” Wise, 29, wrote on the Facebook page she created for Battling Bare. “I, and wives like me, have tried everything we know to try to help.”
Wise revealed that her husband, who returned home from his final deployment in 2010, has been showing signs of PTSD for years, and his condition began to deteriorate last year. It culminated when he disappeared into a hotel room with “two cases of beer and all the guns in the house.” When she finally located him, he told her, “Life is just really hard.”