One of the Greatest Weapons in the Miltary’s Arsenal was Useless Without the Head space and Timing Gauge. Veterans Can Be Rendered Inoperable if their Headspace and Timing is Not Set Correctly As Well.

Mental Health from a Combat Veteran Perspective

Moral Injury: The Impact of Combat on Veteran’s Individual Morality

Moral Injury: The Impact of Combat on Veteran’s Individual Morality

This post was originally posted as part of the American Counseling Association Blog Project. Original post can be located HERE In a previous post, I discussed how veterans experience more challenges than just PTSD and TBI, the primary conditions that most community members are aware of. In order to provide some deeper context, I’d like to expandRead more about Moral Injury: The Impact of Combat on Veteran’s Individual Morality[…]

When Johnny Comes Marching Home Again…but Johnny Isn’t Johnny Anymore

When Johnny Comes Marching Home Again…but Johnny Isn’t Johnny Anymore

“Man, you just don’t know. A part of me died in that city. I walked in there thinking I was Captain America, and walked out feeling like Doctor Doom.” The changes that happen in people can be stark and startling. Have you ever met someone after a long absence, and something changed in their appearance…maybeRead more about When Johnny Comes Marching Home Again…but Johnny Isn’t Johnny Anymore[…]

The Challenges of Veteran Mental Health: Beyond PTSD and TBI

The Challenges of Veteran Mental Health: Beyond PTSD and TBI

  This post was originally posted as part of the American Counseling Association Blog Project. Original post can be located HERE The mental health and wellness of those who have served in the military is of critical importance to the veteran, their family, and the community in which they live. There has been much discussion inRead more about The Challenges of Veteran Mental Health: Beyond PTSD and TBI[…]

V is for Veteran, Not Villain, Victim, or Vindicator

V is for Veteran, Not Villain, Victim, or Vindicator

This post was originally written in July of 2016 in response to two ambush-style attacks by former military service members in Dallas and Baton Rouge.  For the second time in two weeks, a former service member has committed a heinous and horrifying attack on American soil. Are these the only crimes that have been committed in theRead more about V is for Veteran, Not Villain, Victim, or Vindicator[…]

The Strength to Bear Evil: Lessons to a Veteran from Tolstoy

The Strength to Bear Evil: Lessons to a Veteran from Tolstoy

Of the things I enjoyed about my military deployments, one of the most unique was: free books. Wherever I was deployed to around the world, there was always a room, a tent, a building, in which books were donated to be sent overseas to the troops. Inevitably, I always returned from these overseas tours withRead more about The Strength to Bear Evil: Lessons to a Veteran from Tolstoy[…]

Correlation and Causation: Military Service and Killing Machines

Correlation and Causation: Military Service and Killing Machines

  Let’s get the “Killing Machine” argument out of the way. I don’t know about you, but I have successfully refrained from engaging in cold-blooded pre-meditated murder after I left the service, and I have twenty-two years of service and three combat tours. It is human nature to fear what we don’t understand, and toRead more about Correlation and Causation: Military Service and Killing Machines[…]

The Guns Do Not Go Silent After Combat…Neither Should Veterans

The Guns Do Not Go Silent After Combat…Neither Should Veterans

Everyone has a story. You just have to listen to it. As a mental health counselor working exclusively with veterans, it often surprises me how difficult it is…and also how easy…for a veteran to be able to tell their story. The impacts of combat, deployments, or even just military experience in general are felt longRead more about The Guns Do Not Go Silent After Combat…Neither Should Veterans[…]