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

Veteran Memorial Moments and Two Ways to Approach Them

Veteran Memorial Moments and Two Ways to Approach Them

There’s something about anniversaries that make them extremely important to veterans. Birthdays and wedding anniversaries are important to many people, of course, and are remembered with cards and gifts, but veterans celebrate different anniversaries than others. We remember milestones in our career: promotions, or deployments. We celebrate some, knowing that they are important points in our lives,Read more about Veteran Memorial Moments and Two Ways to Approach Them[…]

The Moment I Realized I Hate War as Only a Warrior Can

The Moment I Realized I Hate War as Only a Warrior Can

The news was broadcasting the image of unrest in Turkey. I sat there, watching, as civilians approached an armored vehicle with soldiers standing around it; as the civilians moved forward, the soldiers fired in the air, and I thought to myself, “Dear God, don’t let them have to fire on their own people.” I imaginedRead more about The Moment I Realized I Hate War as Only a Warrior Can[…]

A General’s Mission Against Mental Health Stigma Can’t Be Done Alone

A General’s Mission Against Mental Health Stigma Can’t Be Done Alone

A recent article on the New York Times web site talks about a senior Army leader, Brigadier General Donald Bolduc, how open and forthcoming he is about his experiences regarding mental health concerns, and the treatment he sought to address these concerns. In a recent social media conversation, I talked about how senior leaders, LikeRead more about A General’s Mission Against Mental Health Stigma Can’t Be Done Alone[…]

Lessons from a POW on Resilience, Perseverance, and Veteran Mental Health

Lessons from a POW on Resilience, Perseverance, and Veteran Mental Health

If you want to see an example of military resilience, take a look at the movie Unbroken. This is a dramatization of the true story of Louis Zamperini, the Olympic athlete, Army Air Corps Bombardier, and WWII POW. If you haven’t heard Louis’ story, take a few minutes to check out this short video: TheRead more about Lessons from a POW on Resilience, Perseverance, and Veteran Mental Health[…]

Military to Civilian Transition: How To Do Like a Combat Vet

Military to Civilian Transition: How To Do Like a Combat Vet

If you ever want to interact with veterans in any way, I highly recommend that you listen to Jay Knight’s podcast, Veteranology, for an unvarnished inside look into what it’s like for a young leader in the military to rejoin the civilian world. Most specifically, one of the best episodes to start with is Episode 5,Read more about Military to Civilian Transition: How To Do Like a Combat Vet[…]

ACRONYM: A Documentary About Veteran Mental Health

ACRONYM: A Documentary About Veteran Mental Health

There are some movies that are helpful when trying to explain combat and the impact of experiencing combat to those who haven’t been there. I’m not talking about Hollywood, although I do have a love-hate relationship with war movies. I don’t have the experience of Vietnam, but something tells me that Platoon was about asRead more about ACRONYM: A Documentary About Veteran Mental Health[…]