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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Pat Tillman Speaks Out

Pat Tillman Speaks Out

August 16, 2010 – There is a film coming out in theaters this Friday and I’m counting the minutes until I can purchase my ticket and take a front row seat.  It may surprise you to find out that this film is a documentary, and for many, that automatically suggests it will be boring and [...]

The Army’s Clandestine Report on Suicide

The Army’s Clandestine Report on Suicide

July 30, 2010 – The Army just released a report yesterday, entitled “Health Promotion, Risk Reduction, and Suicide Prevention,” which contains the results of a 15-month study on the Army’s growing problem of suicide. Okay, the report is 350 pages long so I will admit that I have only skimmed it at this point.  I’ve been researching [...]

Father’s Day ~ The New Normal

Father’s Day ~ The New Normal

June 20, 2010 – Father’s Day 2010! After being up for a few minutes this morning, my mind began to run through our plans for the day. My husband is out of town on business. Things will be a bit strange, but we will just give him a call later today. I’ve finalized the plan [...]

You have a fax, Senator Levin!

You have a fax, Senator Levin!

June 12, 2010 – Dear Senator Levin, It has come to my attention that in response to an investigation by ProPublica and NPR, you have stated that you would expand a hearing on soldier suicides to include a more extensive discussion of the military’s handling of Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI) and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). It is a [...]

May I have a moment, Admiral Mullen?

May I have a moment, Admiral Mullen?

June 2, 2010 Dear Admiral Mullen, It has just been brought to my attention that you are visiting Fort Bragg today. I understand that you will include a visit to the Warrior Transition Battalion (WTB) while you are on base. I am very pleased to hear that you are taking the time to visit this [...]

The Broken Heart of a Wounded Warrior’s Mother

The Broken Heart of a Wounded Warrior’s Mother

On July 16, 2009, my life came crashing down around me.  Three days later on July 19, 2009, I wrote the following, my own version of Jonah, Chapter 2, and sent it to a pastor at my church.  For many months, I have kept this issue very private, fearing the judgment of stigma, however, I now know [...]

What time is the barbecue, Vice President Biden?

What time is the barbecue, Vice President Biden?

May 29, 2010 Dear Vice President Biden, On May 25, 2010, you and your wife held a poolside barbecue to honor and thank wounded warriors and their families.  During the event, you said to these families,“We have one truly sacred obligation: to prepare and equip those in harm’s way and to care for them when they come [...]

Is propaganda creating POW’s?

Is propaganda creating POW’s?

May 26, 2010 – Propaganda is a form of communication that is aimed at influencing the attitude of a community toward some cause or position.  Propaganda, in its most basic sense, presents information primarily to influence an audience.  Propaganda is sweeping across our country and we are buying into it.  There will be a high [...]

How open is the invitation to the WTU?

How open is the invitation to the WTU?

May 11, 2010 – As mentioned in a previous blog entry, I am addressing issues raised in the New York Times article published on April 25, 2010, “Feeling Warehoused in Army Trauma Care Units”, written by James Dao and Dan Frosch. Issues were addressed in an Army Roundtable Discussion on April 26, 2010. Comments made here in [...]

Military Suicide…by the numbers

Military Suicide…by the numbers

May 26, 2010 ** More than 2 million have been deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan ** 40% served at least two tours ** 300,000 troops have served three, four, or more tours ** The number of Iraq and Afghanistan veterans who are being treated as PTSD patients by the VA has increased from 134,000 in [...]

Are we entitled to our own opinion?

Are we entitled to our own opinion?

May 4, 2010 – If you haven’t read the New York Times article published on April 25, 2010, “Feeling Warehoused in Army Trauma Care Units”, written by James Dao and Dan Frosch, please take 5 minutes to read it. This blog will make a lot more sense over the next few days if we are on the [...]

Lessons We Could Have Learned from Vietnam

Lessons We Could Have Learned from Vietnam

May 3, 2010 – Back in February of 2007, the scandal of neglectat Walter Reed Army Medical Center found its way into our living rooms. We were all outraged and it wasn’t long before the Army created Warrior Transition Units (WTU’s) and the Marine Corps established the Wounded Warrior Regiment. Also created were the USAF program Palace HART that takes care of wounded airmen, [...]