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 [...]

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 [...]

Separating Honor and Pain

Separating Honor and Pain

May 2010 ~ It’s Memorial Day, 2010 and I have been struggling for a week with how I am going to spend my day. What I want to do is go to Camp Nelson to attend the Memorial Day Program. Every year I go to a ceremony somewhere to honor those who have served and [...]

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 [...]

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, [...]