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

Building Veteran Mental Wellness Rather than Treating Mental Illness

Building Veteran Mental Wellness Rather than Treating Mental Illness

This article was originally featured on the online news outlet American Grit. You can see the original article here and find more articles written by and featuring veterans and those who support them. I don’t know about you, but I don’t enjoy being sick. It’s no fun. Headache, congestion, pain, no energy, can’t get anythingRead more about Building Veteran Mental Wellness Rather than Treating Mental Illness[…]

Six Thoughts on Posttraumatic Stress Disorder

Six Thoughts on Posttraumatic Stress Disorder

Posttraumatic Stress Disorder. Shell Shock. Battle Fatigue. Call it what you want, it’s that combination of psychoglogical and behaivoral reactions to exposure to traumatic events that people see in combat veterans. There is a lot of discussion, whether at the water cooler, kitchen table, social media, wherever, about what it is. Who has it. What canRead more about Six Thoughts on Posttraumatic Stress Disorder[…]

Supporting Service Members After a Loss: Four Thoughts

Supporting Service Members After a Loss: Four Thoughts

This was originally posted on the Military Spouse Advocacy Network blog, and I’m honored to be working with them! You can read the original post, and find more great information for those who support service members and veterans most, by going here.  Just as the body goes into shock after a physical trauma, so does the human psyche go into shockRead more about Supporting Service Members After a Loss: Four Thoughts[…]

Perceptions of Stigma in Military Veterans

Perceptions of Stigma in Military Veterans

The impact of stigma against seeking help for mental health concerns is significant in the veteran population. Other than the barriers that exist externally, such as lack of access to care or societal perceptions about veterans in general and mental health specifically, the internal stigma against seeking help is one that is entirely under theRead more about Perceptions of Stigma in Military Veterans[…]

Dangers and Benefits of Living a Private Life in Public

Dangers and Benefits of Living a Private Life in Public

Technology is amazing. It’s how I’ve been able to get my message out and has provided a voice to the previously voiceless. Over ten years ago, I had the honor of participating in an online community of Army Noncommissioned Officers called, at various times, SquadLeader.com, the NCO Website, and ultimately NCO Net as it becameRead more about Dangers and Benefits of Living a Private Life in Public[…]

In the Middle of Conflict? Try Being Radical.

In the Middle of Conflict? Try Being Radical.

When I talk about being “radical,” I don’t mean holding on to an extreme ideological viewpoint, nor do I mean being totally awesome from an Eighties standpoint. The concept of something “radical” that I’m talking about here is based on another definition of the word: relating to or affecting the fundamental nature of something; far-reaching orRead more about In the Middle of Conflict? Try Being Radical.[…]

Veterans Helping Veterans: 4 Pitfalls to Watch Out For

Veterans Helping Veterans: 4 Pitfalls to Watch Out For

What veteran, who still holds true to the values they learned in the service, doesn’t want to help their buddy out? It’s the whole concept of “battle buddy”, of the Warrior Ethos: Never leave a fallen comrade. It’s something that’s instilled in us when we were in Basic Training or B0ot Camp, reinforced throughout ourRead more about Veterans Helping Veterans: 4 Pitfalls to Watch Out For[…]

How Do We Resolve the Crisis of Doubt?

How Do We Resolve the Crisis of Doubt?

This was originally posted on the Military Spouse Advocacy Network blog, and I’m honored to be working with them! You can read the original post, and find more great information for those who support service members and veterans most, by going here.  Many times, when faced with challenges in our lives, we are faced with a crisis of doubt. Have youRead more about How Do We Resolve the Crisis of Doubt?[…]