United We Stand. Divided We Fall

United We Stand. Divided We Fall

It’s understandable that the losers, in any given situation or contest, would need some time to work through their disappointment and loss.  It’s even understandable that there would be a stage of anger to work through after losing something about which one is extremely passionate.  With the recent reelection of President Obama, nearly fifty percent [...]

Revenge or Love of Country?

Revenge or Love of Country?

Revenge or love of country. Why do you vote? As Americans we have the privilege of voting.  This is not the case for everyone on this planet. As Americans we also have the responsibility to vote.  Many have fought and died so that you and I could live in this free nation. You may think [...]

Reapply our Founding Principles

Reapply our Founding Principles

We will not try to replace our founding principles. We will reapply our founding principles. ~ Paul Ryan If you haven’t heard it, you need to listen to Paul Ryan’s speech given at the Republican National Convention recently.  He had a lot of good common sense things to say.  We don’t need to redefine the [...]

Reflections on Memorial Day

Reflections on Memorial Day

With a warm and genuine smile on her face, the receptionist wished me a “Happy Memorial Day” as I left the doctor’s office.  I can only imagine the expression that must have come across my face.  My good manners kicked in and I managed to choke out a “You too,” as I walked out of [...]

Federal Advisory Committee on PTSD and TBI Needed

Federal Advisory Committee on PTSD and TBI Needed

Are you looking for a way to show your support and gratitude for our nation’s veterans?  Here is a quick, easy, and important way that you can say thank you. On May 7, 2012, Tom Mahany, Vietnam Veteran and president of Honor for All, will be meeting with members of the President Obama’s staff to personally [...]

Dear Dr Phil, Veterans are NOT Monsters!

Dear Dr Phil, Veterans are NOT Monsters!

Dear Dr. Phil, I watched your show for the first time today.  I watched it because I was told it was on the subject of  Combat PTSD. While I am glad to see that you are willing to bring the issue of combat post traumatic stress to light, I have some serious concerns about the [...]

Are PTSD and TBI simply red herrings?

Are PTSD and TBI simply red herrings?

I’ve been screaming about military and veteran suicide for several years now. I know it’s been a fact of life for centuries, but when it became personal, I started paying attention.  After attending three funerals for Marines who took their lives, and living through my own son’s battle with suicidal ideations, it’s no longer just [...]

Just try and shut me up!

Just try and shut me up!

Recently, I was sharing with a friend and veteran about my efforts to get the Department of Defense Inspector General’s office to look into ongoing problems at Wounded Warrior Battalion-East, Camp Lejeune, NC. I explained my frustration with the length of time it had been as we awaited the release of the report, and my [...]

DoD IG’s report on Camp Lejeune’s Wounded Warrior Battalion

DoD IG’s report on Camp Lejeune’s Wounded Warrior Battalion

It’s been 19 months since the Department of Defense Inspector General’s  (DoD IG) team came to my home for three days, and for each day of those 19 long months, I’ve been waiting for the release of their report on Wounded Warrior Battalion-East (WWBN-E), Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. It took four months to get their [...]

Truth or Fiction: What will the Wounded Warrior Battalion Study Reveal?

Truth or Fiction: What will the Wounded Warrior Battalion Study Reveal?

Imagine my surprise when a friend told me I was mentioned in a Jacksonville, North Carolina newspaper yesterday. It has been almost 2 years to the day since I was first contacted by the DOD IG about the problems going on at Wounded Warrior Battalion-East, Camp Lejeune.   As much as I can’t wait to [...]

Obstacles to Life After Combat: Part 1 – The Attitude of VA Employees

Obstacles to Life After Combat: Part 1 – The Attitude of VA Employees

Which came first, the chicken or the egg?  Or in this case, was it the troubled veteran with the bad attitude, or was it the lack of concern and attention given the veteran when he arrived at the VA Medical Center for medical care?  Are the members of the health care community providing care for [...]

A Mother’s Heart on Veterans Day

A Mother’s Heart on Veterans Day

I wonder how different our lives would be if someone wasn’t always willing to serve.  Since the birth of our nation, there have always been brave men and women standing in the gap to protect our nation and ensure our freedoms. I spent the first 40 some years of my life enjoying all the sacrifices [...]

It’s Still Standing

It’s Still Standing

Our flag still stands today because of all who have served to ensure that it flies overhead. It is with a grateful heart that I express my thanks to all who have been willing to wear the uniform of the United States Armed Forces. Thank you for your willingness to sacrifice your life so I [...]

Why vote?

Why vote?

It’s election day and you need to take a few minutes and cast your vote. You may not be thrilled with your choices, but at least you have a choice. If you don’t cast your vote, then you really don’t have the right to complain later on about who is serving in office. We can’t [...]

Supporting our troops can sometimes mean taking a stand

Supporting our troops can sometimes mean taking a stand

October 18, 2011 ~ Please don’t mistake my disinterest in allowing another child to enter the Corps as a lack of support for our military. Our family will continue to serve and support our military, their families, and our veterans by giving our time and our talents to meet the needs here on the homefront.  [...]

Reflections of my Post 9.11 World

Reflections of my Post 9.11 World

September 9, 2011 ~ We all live in a Post 9/11 world where life will never be the same for any of us.  We all remember what we were doing ten years ago on that fateful day, at the very moment when we first heard the news of the planes hitting the Twin Towers and [...]

Memorial Day – It’s not just another mattress close-out sale

Memorial Day – It’s not just another mattress close-out sale

May 27, 2011 ~ It’s Friday and the kickoff for Memorial Day Weekend 2011 is in full force.  While I was drinking my coffee and clearing the fog from my brain early this morning, I turned on the television and checked in on the news.  Within the first twenty minutes I heard all about how [...]

When Military Suicide Becomes Personal

When Military Suicide Becomes Personal

September 13, 2011 ~ You may think that military suicide has not affected you personally, but if the truth be told, we are all going to be affected by this epidemic if we don’t do something about it. Thousands of returning combat veterans are living in our hometowns.  They work in our businesses.  They attend [...]

Get to know the new guy

Get to know the new guy

August 11, 2011 ~ I’m a casualty of war, but I’ve been far too focused on that fact for the past two and half years.  I’ve allowed Traumatic Brain Injury and Post Traumatic Stress to steal my oldest son, and steal my joy. For the longest time we have been trudging through the stages of [...]

Luke Jensen: Another Face of PTSD

Luke Jensen: Another Face of PTSD

July 17, 2011 ~ The article, Serving in Afghanistan turned a tough guy into a nervous wreck, is just one of the many stories out there sharing the reality of PTSD.  Luke Jensen was described as a bull of a man, a former undercover cop, a lover of motorcycles and weightlifting, the person you’d pick to handle [...]

Save a life by sharing your story

Save a life by sharing your story

July 15, 2011 ~ When it comes to the world of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), the invisible wounds of war, most of us have a tendency not to share our stories.  There is an automatic respect given to those who come home from war with physical wounds, but for those who [...]

Literally dying to get some sleep: The accidental death of a US Marine

Literally dying to get some sleep: The accidental death of a US Marine

July 8, 2011 ~ Today marks the one year anniversary of the death of LCPL Adam Thomas Puckett.  At the time of his death, just 25 years old, Adam had just returned from his second combat deployment with the United States Marine Corps.  He was home on leave. For the past year, the lives of [...]

Are you ready for the big boom? PTSD and Fireworks

Are you ready for the big boom? PTSD and Fireworks

July 1, 2011 ~ With July 4th coming up and the passage of a new Kentucky fireworks law, we are going to be hearing a lot more noise this year.  Rather than drive to Tennessee or Indiana, we can now legally buy bottle rockets, Roman candles and other explosives that shoot up in the air.  [...]

Confessions of a Marine Mom: I’m Enrolled in Retail Therapy

Confessions of a Marine Mom: I’m Enrolled in Retail Therapy

June 2, 2011 ~ The first time I walked into a Marine Corps Exchange, I thought I had died and gone to heaven…..Marine Corps Mom’s heaven, that is.  I had not laid eyes on my son for months and back in my hometown, there was not a single place of business that sold anything related [...]

When he’s deployed on his birthday

When he’s deployed on his birthday

May 20, 2011 ~ I’m pretty sure most mothers feel the same way as I do about their children’s birthdays.  The date on which they are born will always be ranked right up there with any national holiday if we are asked about its importance. Most children find themselves surrounded by a room full of [...]

Diffusing the IED ~ When the caregiver lives with PTSD

Diffusing the IED ~ When the caregiver lives with PTSD

May 16, 2011 ~ I’ve heard it described.  The moment the soldier looks down and sees the trip wire that is going to set off the IED (Improvised Explosive Device) he freezes.  His blood runs cold.  His gut has an instant reaction. He breaks out in a cold sweat. Thoughts run through his mind faster [...]

Military Deaths and Questions We Should All Be Asking

Military Deaths and Questions We Should All Be Asking

May 10, 2010 ~ USA Today has released a tool to help us better understand the cause for military deaths during OIF and OEF.  (Behind the Numbers – American casualties in Iraq, Afghanistan, and beyond). This presentation allows us to take a closer look at the American servicemembers who have died in Afghanistan, Iraq, and in other related [...]

A Few Lessons from Boot Camp for Mom

A Few Lessons from Boot Camp for Mom

May 9, 2011 ~ He’s really doing this! When my son walked out the door to head for Boot Camp, the first thing that hit me was the fact that he wasn’t simply talking about it anymore. He was doing it. He wanted to say good bye from the house.  His recruiter came to the door [...]

Do you have STSD?

Do you have STSD?

May 6, 2011 ~ If your loved one is suffering with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), then you are probably experiencing your own psychological trauma.  Everyone in the family is profoundly affected by PTSD.  In fact, many family members will develop Secondary Traumatic Stress Disorder (STSD). Whether you are living with the PTSD survivor or not, [...]

Could PTSD caregivers be inflicting secondary wounds?

Could PTSD caregivers be inflicting secondary wounds?

May 6, 2011 ~ Secondary Wounding occurs during the “healing process”.  Some of the treatments currently available for PTSD are doing more harm than good.  There are still a lot of unknowns when it comes to understanding PTSD, therefore we must be carefully consider treatment options. Improper treatment can lead to further problems with devastating [...]