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Jeff Hensley
Jeff Hensley spent 21 years as a fighter pilot in the United States Navy. He
completed two combat deployments to Iraq before deciding to get his
Master's in mental health counseling from the University of North Texas.
Jeff currently works as the "Hooves for Heroes" Program Counselor at Equest Therapeutic Horsemanship in Wylie, TX ( He also
serves as a spokesman for Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America ( In addition to writing for HuffPost, Jeff is a contributing editor for Spirit of War (

Entries by Jeff Hensley

You Owe Me!

(9) Comments | Posted July 6, 2015 | 5:36 PM

Entitlement is an ugly word. Most people probably don't associate entitlement with veterans. But I came home from Iraq with a healthy dose of it.

Returning from the war, I was shocked at how little had changed at home. People still went shopping. They worked. They threw their kids...

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Following Dr. Oz

(0) Comments | Posted March 1, 2015 | 12:51 PM

I'll say one thing about Dr. Oz... the man knows how to work a room!

I had the pleasure of meeting him during a veteran resource fair in Dallas awhile back. He was taking part in the fair to offer participants free health screenings. It was an amazing show...

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The High Stakes Facing Our Veterans

(0) Comments | Posted August 7, 2014 | 10:52 AM

In my roles as Program Counselor at Equest Hooves for Heroes and Leadership Fellow at Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA) I find myself talking a great deal about suicide -- especially suicide among veterans. The issue hits close to home for most of us...

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The High Cost of Doing Nothing

(0) Comments | Posted April 3, 2014 | 3:13 PM

As a counselor, I've had more training than most when it comes to the issue of suicide. But the truth is it scares me. Maybe it's because the consequences of failure are so severe. Perhaps it's because I know I don't have all the answers. Maybe it's just that I...

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Citizenship 101

(0) Comments | Posted December 3, 2013 | 8:49 AM

It seems many Americans have lost an understanding of what constitutes "responsible citizenship." We're really good at demanding rights, but we don't seem very interested in taking responsibility for them. Too often self-interest trumps the obligation we share to care for each other and our democracy.


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Time to Start Talking

(0) Comments | Posted July 15, 2013 | 6:17 PM

Last month, I had the privilege of hearing a man named C.C. Collie at a Memorial Day celebration in Dallas. Mr. Collie is a nonagenarian who spent WWII on a U.S. Navy destroyer during the final bloody year of the Pacific campaign. After almost seven decades, this was the first...

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A Really Good Question

(4) Comments | Posted May 17, 2013 | 3:00 PM

Awhile back, a friend asked me a really good question. He wondered why, with all the thousands of organizations and resources at their disposal, some veterans still struggle with their transition to civilian life? With as much time as I spend thinking about veterans issues, I couldn't give him a...

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Changing Course

(0) Comments | Posted April 15, 2013 | 12:25 AM

I graduated from the University of North Texas last December with a master's degree in counseling. For the past six months, I've volunteered to counsel veterans at the Denton County Jail where almost 20 percent of the inmate population is prior-military. Somewhere in their post-military lives, these folks lost their...

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Hidden Heroes: Military Families

(3) Comments | Posted May 4, 2012 | 5:08 PM

When I think of the men and women I've served with over the years, I think of words like selfless, committed, courageous... sometimes heroic. These are probably the same words that many Americans use to describe veterans. But when we stop to consider all we owe to those who sacrifice...

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