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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

A Window View into Afghanistan

A Window View into Afghanistan

August 1, 2010 – For most of us, we make decisions and form opinions about war without having any firsthand experience.  Our point of view is shaped by our experiences, the people with whom we spend our time, what we read, and what we watch on TV.  Many of us don’t even have a personal [...]

Military Suicides by the heartbeats, not the numbers

Military Suicides by the heartbeats, not the numbers

July 16, 2010 – This morning, USA Today reported that Army suicides for June were at a record high of 32 for the month. I want to point out that this number reflects only one branch of our Armed Forces.  The Marine Corps has reported only one suicide and nine suicide attempts for the month of June. The Corps would [...]

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 [...]

The one answer to PTSD

The one answer to PTSD

June 4, 2010 – If you have checked out our website at www.fellednot.com you may have landed on the “Survival” page by now. A couple of days ago, I changed the name of the page to what I consider to be a more appropriate title -“Survival and Hope”. We are all surviving something, but it’s those of [...]

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 [...]

Thank You Sgt Bagosy. Your Sacrifice Will Not Go Unnoticed

Thank You Sgt Bagosy. Your Sacrifice Will Not Go Unnoticed

May 20, 2010 – Thank you Sgt. Bagosy!  Your sacrifice will not go unnoticed.  I never had the privilege of meeting you, but it would have been a true honor.  From what I’ve heard you were an outstanding Marine who served with pride and honor.  I’ve been told that you were a loving husband and a [...]