The onslaught of harassing, ignorant, hateful, and incorrect backlash that every podcaster received who had Tracey Brown on their shows was immense. People targeted our network, our podcasters, their families, our employee’s families with wild assumptions that had a questionable basis of truth. We did not know Tracey Brown before the interview but we certainly stand with her and against bullying and harassment of anyone. Today’s show is about what happened after we aired her episode and we speak for all the other incredible podcasters, radio hosts, booksellers, and anyone else that became a target of hate after interviewing her. This isn’t even about Tracey Brown. This is about vitriol, hate, harassment, and other illegal activities, as well as, pulling in our United States Coast Guard to a mess that maligns this incredible institution.
Tracey Brown is a United States Coast Guard Veteran 1983-1987 QM3. She wore many hats as most Coast Guard men and women did in those days. She would be a firefighter one day, a small boat crew swimmer another. The Quartermaster rating in the USCG specializes in navigation. Even before understanding the extent of how the characteristics of PTSD had affected her personal life, Tracey was educated as a Director of Physical Rehabilitation and has been working for over twenty-five years in the field. The last decade has been dedicated to specialized work in pain reduction via scar tissue therapy. This is where she began to realize the “lostness” and confusion PTSD can create. She hopes to help not only the helpers, heroes, and warriors get beyond the stigma of PTSD but for all that have endured stress after trauma and hopes to help further the conversation and understanding of Post-traumatic Stress.