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 [...]

Clay Hunt’s Last Message on Suicide

Clay Hunt’s Last Message on Suicide

May 5, 2011 ~ No one truly understands why Clay Hunt, one of the military’s most vocal suicide prevention advocates, took his life on March 31, 2011.  As one who watches the disabled veteran in my family suffer, it looked to me like Clay Hunt had it all together. I say that from the perspective that [...]

Happy Mother’s Day from the Combat Zone

Happy Mother’s Day from the Combat Zone

May 4, 2011 ~ I have a question for all the mothers out there.  What comes to mind when you are asked about your favorite Mother’s Day gift or tradition?  For most of us it is probably something very simple.  Mother’s Day is synonymous with breakfast in bed, hand picked flowers, finger paintings, and sloppy [...]

Despite combat, I still know my child best

Despite combat, I still know my child best

May 4, 2011 ~ When our son returned from his third deployment, we could tell that something wasn’t right.  We knew that there had been subtle changes even after the first and second deployments, but we could see a significant change after his return from deployment number three.  We weren’t quite sure what was going [...]

Sleeping with My Cell Phone

Sleeping with My Cell Phone

May 3, 2011 ~ I drove two blocks from the house and reached down to pat my left hip, as I have done every time I’ve left my house for the past seven years. I fully expected to feel my cell phone clipped to the waist of my jeans. When I realized that what I [...]

Blindsided by a Panic Attack

Blindsided by a Panic Attack

June 7, 2011 ~ In the midst of a panic attack that blindsided me, I came to wonder if I have PTSD. You ask how this is possible knowing I’ve never been deployed to war.  What you don’t know is that I live in the middle of one. This war began almost three years ago [...]

Striving to Live a New Normal

Striving to Live a New Normal

May 2, 2011 ~ Post Traumatic Stress – It’s spreading like an epidemic in our society.  If it hasn’t affected you yet, it won’t be long.  With so many of our combat veterans returning from multiple deployments, it should come as no surprise that there is a high percentage of Post Traumatic Stress, commonly referred [...]

Commanding the War from my Comfy Couch

Commanding the War from my Comfy Couch

April 2011 ~ What does it feel like when your child deploys to a war zone?  For most of us who have had to let our child grow up in such a way, we really can’t describe how it feels…..at least not in a nutshell.  If I had to choose just one phrase I guess [...]

Counterfeit Patriotism

Counterfeit Patriotism

April 16, 2011 Please note – the names have been changed to protect the guilty. There is a local Lexington restaurant, which we will call “Swindler’s” that might have a few good meals on the menu, but I’d rather eat a lousy tasting meal in a place where integrity guides the business.  To think that [...]

Move over Claudia Joy!

Move over Claudia Joy!

April 14, 2011 ~ Yesterday, forty expectant military moms received a “well-deserved” baby shower through the combined efforts of Operation Shower, First Lady Michelle Obama, and Second Lady Jill Biden.  Martha Stewart was on hand to teach the art of preserving memories through scrapbooking.  Each of the forty moms received donated gifts totaling $1000 for [...]

Pay Congress What We Pay the Troops

Pay Congress What We Pay the Troops

April 8, 2011 ~ While we are all discussing the possible government shutdown and the affected government paychecks, I’d like to point out that freshmen lawmakers earn five times the amount of first year military officers.  Lawmakers salaries are ten times the amount paid to first year enlisted service members. Though some lawmakers have pledged to return their paychecks to [...]

The Cost of Playing Politics

The Cost of Playing Politics

An open letter to the leaders and lawmakers of this land: Rumor has it that those who serve in our military will continue to work if the government shuts down at 12:01 a.m. on Friday, but they won’t be paid.  Apparently all “nonessential” government employees will be sent home until Congress passes the budget for [...]

‘Twas the Night Before Madness ~ Ode to the Kentucky Wildcats

‘Twas the Night Before Madness ~ Ode to the Kentucky Wildcats

March 28, 2011 ~ ‘Twas the night before Madness and all through the land, Not a team left unshaken by Jorts and his band. The posters were plastered on locker room walls, In hopes that a meeting would not soon be called. When down there in Tampa arose such a fuss The whole team from [...]

Purple Hearts, TBIs and No Brainers

Purple Hearts, TBIs and No Brainers

The Marine Corps Times is asking for opinions.  Reporters are interested in finding out how Marines feel about a possible criteria change for awarding the Purple Heart to those who have suffered traumatic brain injuries. Thousands of troops would be eligible to receive the Purple Heart if the criteria is changed to include those who have suffered [...]

Stigma of TBI replaced with Honor of Purple Heart

Stigma of TBI replaced with Honor of Purple Heart

March 15, 2011 ~ Better late than never!  Could it be that officials may have finally come to their senses?  Senior military leaders are actually considering changing the guidelines for awarding the Purple Heart. There are many troops who have sustained combat-related injuries, some of whom are now disabled veterans, who have been stamped with [...]

How to be a …. duh…. winner

How to be a …. duh…. winner

March 8, 2010 - No matter how hard I try, I can’t get away from Charlie Sheen.  Every time I turn on the television someone is talking about him.  Even the major news networks are giving Charlie incredible amounts of prime time.  Not only are they reporting about his dire situation, they are granting him lengthy [...]

Could procrastination be the smoking gun?

Could procrastination be the smoking gun?

March 4, 2010 ~ Apparently mental health providers treating our deployed troops are too busy to do their paperwork.  Bob Brewin of Nextgov obtained an internal message dated January 11, 2011, from the Army Office of the Surgeon General which stated that “Army units…..have become “saturated” with paper behavioral health records because mental health providers who treat these [...]

Do your homework, Fox News!

Do your homework, Fox News!

February 23, 2011 – Fox News brought prescription drug abuse to our attention today, focusing on drug abuse by the military.  Unfortunately, Fox News failed to mention that the Department of Defense and the VA Medical Centers are the ones handing the drugs out like candy.  Shame on you, Fox News, for making it look [...]

It’s finally time to tell the truth!

It’s finally time to tell the truth!

February 16, 2011 ~ Carl Prine, a staff writer for the Pittsburg Tribune-Review, has recently published a number of articles on Wounded Warrior care.  In addition to the series of articles on the subject, the Pittsburg Tribune Review has made available a number of reports from the Office of Wounded Warrior Care and Transition Policy.  [...]

Bah Humbug Mr. Zuckerberg!

Bah Humbug Mr. Zuckerberg!

December 12, 2010 Dear Mr. Zuckerburg, Do you mind if I call you Mark?  I feel a bit strange calling you “Mister” since you are half my age. I finally had a chance to go online and watch your interview on 60 Minutes that aired last Sunday night and all I can say is WOW! [...]

The Double Standard at Facebook

The Double Standard at Facebook

December 8, 2010 Dear Facebook, Today I write to ask you not only when you are going to correct the error you made in shutting down the business page associated with our nonprofit, MILITARY MISSIONS, INC., but to also ask you why you would shut us down, and at the same time, allow a huge [...]

Facebook, you’re the Grinch who stole my soldiers’ Christmas

Facebook, you’re the Grinch who stole my soldiers’ Christmas

December 6, 2010 Dear Facebook, Congratulations! You have just been nominated and unanimously voted the winner of the2010 GRINCH AWARD.  With the click of a button, you have all but shut down our tiny nonprofit organization which supports our deployed troops. First, I’d like for you to imagine 3000 deployed troops, halfway across the globe, [...]

Our Veterans: The Fabric of our Nation

Our Veterans: The Fabric of our Nation

Our veterans have served and sacrificed on our behalf.  They understand the effects of deployment and war.  They are ready and waiting to support our young veterans.  We are grateful for their continued service to our nation.  Here’s a glimpse of our Kentucky Band of Brothers who continue to serve God and Country.  These men [...]

Read between the lines!

Read between the lines!

October 28, 2010 ~ Recently the Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA) put out a Congressional Report Card to inform us about who in Washington really supports our troops and veterans. I pay attention to everything IAVA puts out as they seem to be spot on when it comes to the issues facing our [...]

A piece of my mind for the candidates in the Bluegrass state

A piece of my mind for the candidates in the Bluegrass state

October 27, 2010 ~ There has been a lot of talk about imposing term limits and I happen to agree with that philosophy, but I don’t think we need to limit those terms to time served in office.  Just as our Founding Fathers did not intend for people to choose politics as their career of [...]

God is bigger than the Marine Corps

God is bigger than the Marine Corps

October 15, 2010 – I’ve been blogging about my experiences with wounded warrior health care in recent months. I have found myself in a delicate situation because I want to accomplish some goals I have set, and I also want to protect my privacy and that of my son, the wounded warrior in my life. [...]

Set the Record Straight

Set the Record Straight

October 13, 2010 ~ Author’s Note -This is a long read.  It’s impossible to put two years of life into one or two paragraphs. If you want to understand this story, start at the top.  If you just want to read about the story errors from “Team Surveys Wounded Warrior Battalion as Troubling Reports Mount” then scroll [...]

I Beg to Differ

I Beg to Differ

October 7, 2010 Dear Victor, When you commented on my blog post a month ago, Silence Among the Generals, I couldn’t decide if I should delete it or leave it there.  I can handle a negative comment, but I’ve got to admit – It’s hard to leave a comment sitting on my own personal blog page that [...]

Silence Among the Generals

Silence Among the Generals

August 27, 2010 - It’s been two weeks since my letter was hand delivered to General Amos.  I’m still waiting to hear from him and the silence is deafening.  I’ve been told the letter is too long.  Yes, it is….but not nearly as long as the wait has been for someone in Marine Corps leadership to [...]