Declare Your Independence Today

Those who expect to reap the blessings of freedom, must undergo the fatigue of supporting it. Thomas Paine Independence Day for Our Nation Today, we celebrate. We recognize something never before seen in the history of the world. A nation founded on the notion that each of us is born free. We secured the unalienable …

The War Within – Complete Series

Why We Won’t Talk to You “He wouldn’t open up. I tried . . . I tried so hard it hurt. Now, he is gone forever. If he would’ve just talked to me, I could have helped him . . .” Suicide survivors are left behind in a haze of shock and disbelief. In the …

The War Within Part 5: Finding Hope

The War Within Part 5: Finding Hope “Warriors deal with death. They take life away from others. This is normally the role of God. Asking young warriors to take on that role without adequate psychological and spiritual preparation can lead to damaging consequences. It can also lead to killing and the infliction of pain in …

The War Within Part 4: Finding The Way Home

 The War Within Part 4: Finding The Way Home Welcome to The War Within: Part 4. Perhaps one of the greatest metaphors for the return from military service is also one of the oldest. The Greek Hero Odysseus was returning from war in Troy home to Ithaca in Greece. As depicted in the map, the most direct …

The War Within Part 3: Why We Respond The Way We Do

The War Within: Why We Respond The Way We Do “I hate war as only a soldier who has lived it can, only as one who has seen its brutality, its futility, its stupidity.” Dwight D. Eisenhower One day in particular stays with me . . . I did not routinely fly MEDEVAC missions, but …

The War Within Part 2: Why We Respond This Way

Part 2: Why We Respond This Way – The Body The basic reason why service members and veterans respond this way is actually very simple: It is both expected and normal. Yep. I know what you are thinking. What you are experiencing is nothing you ever expected, and there is no way you believe the …

The War Within Part 1: Why Your Veteran Loved One Won’t Talk To You

“He wouldn’t open up. I tried . . . I tried so hard it hurt. Now, he is gone forever. If he would’ve just talked to me, I could have helped him . . .” Suicide survivors are left behind in a haze of shock and disbelief. In the many conversations I have with suicide …

Commit to a Living Memorial

When you or a member of your family serves (or have served) in the military, Memorial Day becomes something different.  We know the faces of those we have lost. We recognize the names. We are still close to the family and friends. For many of us, we live Memorial Day – EVERY day of our …

Eliminating the Stigma of PTSD

  A stigma is a negative perception of weakness and exclusion attached to any service member who admits to conditions of anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder, or another, related deployment health condition. Stigma represents the most formidable barrier for service members seeking mental, behavioral, or related emotional health services. To understand the strong foundation of the Stigma across …

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