During a recent Veteran's charity fundraising gala, much like the hundreds of galas that occur year round, something significant happened: At a point in the show the emcee asked all attendees from a certain group of Veterans in the audience to stand and be recognized...not a single person stood in spite of their presence.
A few days ago I had the opportunity to speak with Gayle Tzemach-Lemmon about her travels to Afghanistan and her latest book, Ashley's War, about the training and deployment of a group of women in the United States Army who fought alongside male Special Operations forces in Afghanistan.
The void that suicidal veterans stare into is engulfing them, and it is our job to infiltrate that void, and populate it with loving, compassionate fellow vets who care deeply about each veterans' survival. We have got to find the answer.
While the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs has made great strides in reducing the number of homeless male veterans in cities across America, the numbers of homeless female veterans are actually on the rise.
In the last two debates there has barely been any mention of veterans, and the talk of going to war only increases. The only mention of veterans is in a jingoistic rather than practical way. Veterans and their issues are being widely appropriated for the political gain of candidates, but no one seems to have an actual plan when it comes to VA reform
In America, as we move into the parades of Columbus Day and Veterans' Day (and of course the sales!) we tend to look down on looking within at the mistakes we have made, lived through, voted for, and those that came before us.
Mindfulness is a committed, concerted, targeted practice -- a life skill. While pausing for a few deep breaths may make you feel better in the moment, practicing and training regularly will allow you to achieve long lasting results, brain health, and that calmer, less reactive place of being.
Janci, an Iraq war veteran, swallowed a fistful of pills and a bottle of wine. She called a friend and asked him to take care of her young daughter, who was in school. She locked all the doors and windows and waited for the mercy of death to free her from the ghosts that haunted her.
Being a veteran advocate is my full-time job. It's the kind of job that you take with you on vacation, into the shower, to bed at night. I often feel frustrated in my work. But once again I'm feeling optimistic and energized.
Whether or not Hillary Rodham Clinton is chosen to be the Democratic Nominee, it's important to give her credit for the extraordinary accomplishments she's achieved throughout her career.
The undefeated Wounded Warrior Amputee Football Team, made up of veterans injured while serving in Iraq and Afghanistan, took on 9/11 first responders from New Jersey and New York in a charity flag football game. The night was an amazing tribute to those who put their lives on the lines for their country.
On September 11 I will arise remembering those with whom I served, those first responders in New York, Pennsylvania and Washington, DC, and the victims of that terrible day in our nation's history. I invite you to do the same.
For those of us old enough to remember where we were on 9/11, our lives will forever be separated into the time before the Twin Towers fell, and the time after.
It is the same love for humanity and desire to serve that causes soldiers to experience deep trauma once their conscience processes the results of what they've done, the deaths and the pain they've been a part of. Military training dulls the conscience, but not forever.
Technology has also changed the experience of war and what it means to be a soldier in a combat zone. These changes have both benefits and costs, of course. Here are three ways technology has helped increase the number of folks who experience PTSD.
During a respite from a recent international development conference in Mbale, Uganda I had a glimpse of a Jewish story that sounded like a Michael Chabon "What if" plot.