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BOB MASSEY | Herald

Author Sandy Fulkerson held a seminar Saturday at the KPLE-TV studio. Her book, “Break Crumbs on Purpose,” was written about the challenge of helping her husband transition back to civilian life after the Vietnam War.

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Houston author Sandy Fulkerson presented a workshop Saturday in Killeen about post-traumatic stress disorder.

Fulkerson, whose new book “Bread Crumbs on Purpose” deals with the PTSD in her marriage, is the spouse of a disabled Vietnam veteran Marine sergeant. She also is the founder and CEO of a PTSD support group called Warriors Inspiring Noble Gallant Spirits, or WINGS. She and her husband, Dean, facilitate a monthly support group at Fort Hood.

The motivation behind “Bread Crumbs” was a recovery tool for the trauma of PTSD in her marriage due to his combat time in Vietnam, Fulkerson said.

“It documents the good, bad and ugly of those times,” she said. “The book puts us all on the same page in this workshop setting because no matter what age, rank or conflict, PTSD puts everyone in the same category.”

Killeen resident Ola Pickens said she enjoyed hearing Fulkerson speak. “This issue isn’t dealt with enough, and especially about how it affects the whole family.”

About 20 people showed up for the seminar, which was a surprise to Catherine Mason, founder of KPLE-TV in Killeen, which hosted the event.

She said as of Friday there had been no RSVP response. Many showed up at the end of the workshop just to get a signed copy of the book.

The Fulkersons are featured on a TV series titled “WINGS PTSD Recovery.” The show airs Wednesday and Thursday at 11 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday at 2 a.m. on KPLE-TV. For programming information, call 254-554-3683 or go to kpletv.org.

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BOB MASSEY | Herald

Author Sandy Fulkerson held a seminar Saturday at the KPLE-TV studio. Her book, “Break Crumbs on Purpose,” was written about the challenge of helping her husband transition back to civilian life after the Vietnam War.

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