The men and women in America's wars today are a much different generation than mine, of course. But some things about war never change. For that reason, the bond I feel with those with whom I served a half-century ago extends to those who serve today.
The tens of thousands of veterans who are returning home to our communities will need prompt access to effective care and help reintegrating into civilian life.
The stories of female vets don't always get traction. For example, awareness of concerns like Military Sexual Trauma have recently received recognition. Yet, the experiences that women go through in the military frequently remain under the radar.
This is significant on Veterans Day and on every day: to help our soldiers and our fellow survivors to bounce forward. In fact, this is our duty after they've done theirs.
War trauma brings in its wake a collapse of time. The present is engulfed; the past colonizes moment-to-moment experience; and the future is collapsed. Severe PTsxD and all variants of PTspD are characterized by an experience of haunting.
On this Veterans Day, my family will mark the fifth anniversary of my father's death. Not only did my father, Gerald Gitell, die the night of Veterans Day. He was a Special Forces combat officer in Vietnam.
It's January 2007, the first moments of our first Coming Home Project retreat, an opportunity for veterans and families from around the country to come together to share stories and support one another. We gather for our first circle, thirty-three veterans and family members from seven states, with four facilitators.
Now that we are years out of it, I am able to recognize that what I suffered from was post-traumatic stress. What saved me was my ability to talk about it. My willingness to be an open book helped me work through some of my feelings. It wasn't easy, especially considering the fact that many people were very uncomfortable talking about my experience and my feelings surrounding it.
Layla was rescued nearly at the last minute from a shelter in North Carolina. She is a sweet dog with a great attitude and Crisis Dogs NC spotted her within an hour of he being put down. Mission - Getting Layla from a kill shelter to service dog training
To everyone who sees and intervenes in life and death situations, I say this: You've done more good than you can ever imagine. If you tell me it hurts too much to go back, then there's no shame. Go in peace.
Behind closed doors, beneath closed eyes When we struggle to cope with anything, the silence can be deafening As if it preys on our weaknesses, duri...
Horses don't care who you are, what you've done, or what you believe. They care only about how you behave with them. This enables them to give unconditional acceptance to a troubled teen who is revealing his or her true self.
Robert Howard II was four years old when an American commander in Vietnam wrote him a letter telling him his father had died bravely in battle. The boy's father had been a hometown sports hero, and the son grew up trying to emulate a man he never really knew.
The simple piece of paper with a jury summons notice was enough to erase every moment of healing I've accomplished since the then and now. This piece of paper made me want to flee the country that caused me so much damage, like I ended up doing in 2002 after my suicide attempt.
After a year and half of intensive treatments, I was handed broken pieces of my existence and told to go rebuild what I had lost. My mastectomy scar has certainly healed, but have I?
It is a lot easier to start the conversation when it is about a public or celebrity figure like Lamar Odom than when it is about our loved one. However, the questions are the same.