Some common misperceptions and incorrect assumptions about TBI and PTSD among warriors are pervasive and must be changed. We must eliminate the stigma and rapidly expand effective treatment offerings to those who need them most.
On September 17, 2014, Jacob George, just 32 years old, took his own life. It was not an act of cowardice or selfishness on his part, but a failing on ours. We failed Jacob as a community of veterans and a country as a whole.
I recently saw "The Present Trauma," an intense short film that depicts the struggles of a young combat veteran coping with the loss of a battle buddy...
Although they are on vastly different scales, there are certainly some distinct parallels between sports and military.
The scrolling images of the 160 fallen sisters will be in my mind. All of us gave some, but these women gave all. And for that, we owe them this modest commemoration.
Fact 2: One quarter of homeless people are children. HUD reports that on any given night, over 138,000 of the homeless in the U.S. are children under the age of 18. Thousands of these homeless children are unaccompanied, according to HUD.
Although the San Gabriel Mountains are an integral part of Los Angeles' economy and way of life, these public lands have been in dire need of attention. Graffiti and trash are abundant; restrooms, educational programming and community outreach are insufficient.
I have written about dozens of sad, tragic, individual cases. But one of the saddest of all concerns a young soldier who died eleven years ago last month, appalled when ordered to take part in interrogations that, no doubt, involved what most would call torture.
What if, every day that you are at work, you face serious injury or death? Such work has many challenges, but often unexamined are the spiritual crises that dangerous work entails. It doesn't just threaten the body; it also threatens the soul.
The father had no idea that evening was the last time he would hold his son, and that would be their last conversation. He thought they had made real progress with the phone call and that his son was on the path to recovery. But unfortunately he was wrong.
No one will ever perfect the game. Nor will wounded soldiers ever be exactly the same. Yet they are progressing, hole by hole.
The day after 9/11, Beryl Bender Birch, yoga teacher and Wellness Director at the time of the New York Road Runners, was called upon to help families of victims, first responders and others suffering the brutal aftermath of the attacks on New York City.
The whole episode is a microcosm of what is wrong with politics in America, right now. While many on the left blame the Tea Party, or the Koch Brothers, for the degradation of our politics, and those on the right blame President Obama, the media is just as culpable.
Whether one supports our nation's military, is opposed, or doesn't care about global conflicts, our nation must remain united to honor our wounded veterans and their families.
Pin-Ups for Vets is not a typical non-profit. The pin-up calendar, now in its ninth year, featuring twelve US Veterans, is a unique community-building tool. The calendar raises funds to improve Veterans' healthcare, donates funds to VA hospital for medical equipment, improves quality of life for ill Veterans across the US through personal visits, and supports other initiatives, all thanks to pin-ups in decadent 1940s-style outfits.
We live in a country of cars. From the workplace to the grocery store to our kids' soccer games, we drive. And much of that time is spent with one person in one car -- a single occupancy vehicle.