Growing up in an abusive home, as a girl I questioned my feelings, my perceptions, and my worth -- but never the realm in which I was raised.
To be clear, more returning Warriors from Iraq and Afghanistan have died from suicide than from injuries sustained in combat.
I understand that the grief never fully goes away, but it has given me more empathy and compassion in the disaster business: Imagine this on a much greater scale where people have lost their entire communities and live with this daily.
This is an interview with Olivia Kvitne, who started her service career in 2003 teaching low-cost private yoga sessions for people with disabilities w...
It occurred to me that one method, perhaps the most important, was being overlooked or, at the very least, deemphasized so as to be lost in the maelstrom of advice. I am referring, of course, to meditation.
When the news hit about an al Qaeda-affiliated force taking control of Fallujah, I knew I'd be hearing from vets, especially the Marine vets in Florida I'd known since 2008 when a buddy of theirs, whom I'd treated for PTSD here in Los Angeles, asked me if I'd work with them and then handed me a plane ticket to Florida.
Laurie Halse Anderson is a familiar name in the world of children's and young adult literature . In her latest, The Impossible Knife of Memory, we meet 17 year-old Hayley Kincaid whose mother died when she was small.
On the rooftop of the American Psychological Association's office building in Washington, D.C., meditation teacher Klia Bassing leads class participan...
I have been impressed with the depth of understanding that many of those on the Hill have about the issues affecting returning troops and their families. And it isn't just the members of the House and Senate who are passionate about caring for those coming home from war. Many of the staffers who work on the Hill are veterans themselves.
The kind of care and support that all vets need, especially combat vets, doesn't come cheap, unless you compare it to the real costs to society of squandered human capital, broken lives, addiction, suicide... you know this list as well as I do.
I'm in therapy to cope with PTSD, which I have as a result of childhood sexual abuse. Harley is not a certified therapy dog -- he is simply my therapist's dog -- but he's been sitting in on my sessions for almost two years now. His presence is a comfort. But it wasn't always.
We must look to these kinds of initiatives to solve our problems. While Washington battles sway one way or another and some things do get done, the pitched fighting and gridlock in Congress simply do not measure up to meeting the practical challenges before us.
A larger question that the release of the tapes raises -- given that their exposure clearly comes with a price -- indeed any coverage of such incidents does -- is what ultimately can and should come of it.
As a medical professional and a person who has experienced the effects of TBI through personal injury, it is impossible for me to sit idly by when so many of our returning heroes return with injuries which forever change the very ways they think and process information.
And for those whose stories will still never be heard, hopefully voices like Temple's rising to the top will help alleviate some of their suffering too.