How one veteran regained his life after contemplating suicide

Today is a bright day for me. I’m on a mission to help combat veteran suicide. Five years ago, I had a plan to end my life. I was recently sober thanks to the Veterans Affairs inpatient program. When exiting this program, the typical thing is to go to a sober living house. Having an …

When to Get Help for PTSD

Are you wondering if it’s time to get help for PTSD? PTSD affects the primal part of the brain. You can’t reason your way out of it. If you think you have PTSD, the time to get help processing trauma is now. What it is Post traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD, can occur in people …

VETERANS: Qualifying for SSDI When You’re Already on VA Disability

This is a guest blog from Bryan Mac Murray, Disability Benefits Outreach If you’re currently receiving Veteran’s Administration (VA) disability benefits, you may also be entitled to Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) through the Social Security Administration (SSA). Combined VA and SSA benefits can help ease the financial burden for you and your family when disability …

Veterans Making Positive Changes in a New Year

NOTE: We thank Donna Fitzgerald for this guest blog. As advocates of military vets, we try hard to connect and understand the experiences they had during their tours of duty. While some vets had positive experiences, hundreds of thousands of veterans have returned home with physical pain and mental images that can’t be erased. Returning home …

Learn how to help Veterans with PTSD

This guest blog is brought to us by Ron Wilson of National Alliance of Mental Illness, Michigan. Do you know someone like my brother’s neighbor? He never backed down from a challenge during his three tours of duty in Afghanistan. After returning home from combat after his third tour, however, his crippling military PTSD began …

5 Ways to Improve PTS (Post Traumatic Stress) Symptoms

This is a guest blog by Jane Moore, a writer and someone who suffers depression. Her passion for writing led her to want to blog her ideas on how to help Veterans who are struggling with PTSD. While there are many ways a person can work to improve their Post Traumatic Stress (PTS) symptoms, you …

Media Reporting and Veteran Suicide

Watching the news during this election cycle doesn’t inform me – it just pisses me off. The Winners and Losers Veterans are not political pawns. I am not interested in how talking points are manipulated for one side or the other, and that is all I seem to see on the news today. Here is …

Hi, My Name is Jeph Jones

Hi, My name is Jeph Jones! I`m a combat veteran, I did two tours in Iraq with 101st Airborne Division. In 2011 I had suicidal thoughts. I was at the point where I was like, “F— this life, I don’t want to live anymore.” My Lowest Point I lost a lot of friends in the …

Reason #5 to Support Reverse Boot Camp

We’ve been writing lately about the idea of Reverse Boot Camp. Here’s more: The following is a conversation that begins when the Service member starts the transition and ends during the first year that the service member becomes a veteran.  The questions are being asked by a friend, and the answers (in italics) are provided …

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