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

Emotional Detachment in Combat and Coming Home

Emotional Detachment in Combat and Coming Home

Call it survival, or becoming jaded or cynical. Many combat veterans experienced a point in their service when things that “should” bother them don’t. It’s hard to explain to someone who hasn’t experienced it, of course. In “normal” life, we don’t go up against situations that are horrific, horrible, or traumatic. Because they are soRead more about Emotional Detachment in Combat and Coming Home[…]

Physician Heal Thyself: The Lingering Burden of the Combat Medic

Physician Heal Thyself: The Lingering Burden of the Combat Medic

This post is an original article written by a combat medic. While desiring to remain anonymous, they also wanted their story heard. Any effort by any veteran to tell their story, in any way, is beneficial to both the veteran and the reader. I was standing there listening to Martinez tell that same stupid joke forRead more about Physician Heal Thyself: The Lingering Burden of the Combat Medic[…]

Action and Avoidance, Then and Now

Action and Avoidance, Then and Now

“The oldest and strongest emotion of mankind is fear, and the oldest and strongest kind of fear is fear of the unknown” ― H.P. Lovecraft Veterans are among the most courageous people that I know. Dauntless. Unstoppable. The Army has established seven core values that all Soldiers should possess: Loyalty, Duty, Respect, Selfless Service, Honor, Integrity, andRead more about Action and Avoidance, Then and Now[…]

The Combat Veteran Paradox: An Infographic

The Combat Veteran Paradox: An Infographic

In previous posts, I’ve talked about two different paradoxes that combat veterans experience. One that I’ve noticed, the violence of action paradox, discusses how veterans experience emotions that are protective in combat, but problematic while at home, and vice versa. Another is the paradox of the veteran story, in which veterans both want everyone toRead more about The Combat Veteran Paradox: An Infographic[…]

Elementary My Dear Watson: Sherlock Holmes and Veteran Mental Health

Elementary My Dear Watson: Sherlock Holmes and Veteran Mental Health

I’m not talking about the Benedict Cumberbatch version of Sherlock, or even the Basil Rathbone version of Sherlock. I’m talking about the original, fictional, A. Conan Doyle version of the famous consulting detective. I know what you’re thinking, “What, in all possible worlds, could a fictional character from the turn of the 20th Century, whoRead more about Elementary My Dear Watson: Sherlock Holmes and Veteran Mental Health[…]