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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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.  [...]

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 [...]

Beauty Will Rise

Beauty Will Rise

May 16, 2011 ~ As the mother of one struggling with PTSD and TBI, the past couple of years has been one of my most difficult to survive.  Though my wounded warrior still draws breath, he is no longer the person who left home seven years ago to join the Marine Corps. As I adjust to [...]

Music and Faith from Ft. Living Room

Music and Faith from Ft. Living Room

May 15, 2011 ~ Music is a language that we all understand.  There are certain songs that make us clap our hands and stomp our feet.  Some songs bring us to tears.  Songs bring back memories from the past.  Music is used in advertisements, and very effectively I might add.  The music in a film [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Stop the Stigma! Be the solution, not the problem!

Stop the Stigma! Be the solution, not the problem!

July 2010 ~ The message is simple!  STOP the STIGMA!  Our troops, you know the ones… those who are willing to step up and defend our nation, those who are willing to sacrifice their lives just for me and you…. they need us to get our heads out of the sand and they need us [...]

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 [...]