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Torrey Shannon

Torrey Shannon shares her story of triumph over tragedy after her husband, SSG John Daniel Shannon, was critically wounded in a gunfight in Iraq in 2004 and suffered a traumatic brain injury from a gunshot wound to the head. Determined to hold her family together, she helped her husband and children in the long road to physical and emotional recovery, only to learn there was a new battlefield once the troops come home. Shannon and her husband took on the entire Department of Defense and exposed the broken military health care system. SSG Shannon appeared on the front page for three of the six Pulitzer Prize winning stories by The Washington Post in 2007 covering the Walter Reed Scandal. Their advocacy efforts resulted in Congressional action and widespread changes in the military health care system.

She serves as a Caregiver Fellow with the Sen. Elizabeth Dole Foundation.

Torrey lives with her husband and children at a remote location in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado.

Entries by Torrey Shannon

A Military Mom's Mother's Day Wish for Her Children

(2) Comments | Posted May 11, 2013 | 6:40 PM

Dear Kids,

With Mother's Day around the corner, I thought I'd share my wish list so you know what I want. It's a simple list, really. Even if Daddy isn't here to help you pick out a gift, or even if you feel bad if your teacher didn't let you...

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Beware of the Wounded Warrior's Wife

(2) Comments | Posted February 13, 2012 | 11:10 AM

Wounded Warrior's wives are not to be trifled with. Here are the top 5 reasons why you should never piss off (or mess with) a wounded warrior's wife:

5: We are ready to fight, just like our husbands once were.

We know how to fight because we practice it every...

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Most Americans Want to Support Troops, They Just Don't Know How

(9) Comments | Posted September 27, 2011 | 2:07 PM

Earlier this month during a media interview, I was asked the question "Are Americans supportive of our troops?" My answer was two-fold: Yes, and no.

After 10 years in Iraq and Afghanistan, our troops are coming home from war to a difficult economy, staggering foreclosure rates (many...

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Desperate "Housewives" Seek Help: Soldier Suicides Now at Epidemic Rate (VIDEO)

(2) Comments | Posted August 28, 2011 | 6:20 PM

Chronic post-service mental health problems like PTSD are injurious, disabling, and represent a significant public health problem. According to the Chairman of the Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee, US Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) states, "We now have more soldiers that have died by suicide than in conflict."

I am just...

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Mom's Life Lesson for the Day

(0) Comments | Posted February 7, 2011 | 7:01 PM

Every day, I find wisdom through others or through my own actions. I try to remember to pass this wisdom along to my children, hoping they will carry this information with them as they navigate through a very complex world. However, I find that nailing down three boys at the...

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Michele Bachmann: Smart Publicity Stunt or Just Out of Touch With Reality? (VIDEO)

(38) Comments | Posted January 31, 2011 | 4:27 PM

"Our prime purpose in this life is to help others. And if you can't help them, at least don't hurt them."
- Dalai Lama

Last week Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn) did one of two things: She either pulled a strategic negative publicity stunt or one of the biggest political...

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The VA Joins Big Banks in the Foreclosure Business: A New Wave of Veteran Homelessness

(63) Comments | Posted January 21, 2011 | 11:52 AM

It appears the Veteran's Administration has been flying under the radar when it comes to their contribution to the homeless veteran population. Due to a backlog in processing thousands of disability claims, military members and their families are forced to live on the streets because of foreclosures and are heading...

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JP Morgan-Chase "Accidentally" Foreclosed on Military Mortgages: Violated Decades of Existing Law

(3) Comments | Posted January 19, 2011 | 3:41 AM

Earlier today, and other news agencies reported a big win for a Marine who fought a 5-year legal battle with the behemoth mortgage institution, JP Morgan-Chase.

Capt. Jonathan Rowles filed a class-action lawsuit on behalf of thousands of active-duty servicemembers using the protections of...

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Little Fish in a Huge Pond (VIDEO)

(2) Comments | Posted November 16, 2010 | 1:25 PM

As the wife of a wounded veteran, I find myself getting particularly emotional during the Veterans Day holiday. Considering the human element involved in recognizing our nation's heroes, my bittersweet reaction each year is especially impacted by the fact that my husband's "Alive Day" occurs only two days...

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Changing the Lives of Heroes, One Household at a Time (VIDEO)

(0) Comments | Posted October 5, 2010 | 3:02 PM

"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world, indeed it's the only thing that ever does." -- Margaret Mead

Giving honor to veterans and service members can happen every day of the year if you really put your mind to it. While many...

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Cleaning for Heroes -- A Clean Home for Every Veteran

(0) Comments | Posted October 4, 2010 | 3:58 PM

Defense Secretary Robert Gates said earlier this week that most Americans have grown too detached from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and see military service as "something for other people to do."

In the article featured on the Military Times website, it goes on to share...

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