Archive for 2014

22 Veteran Suicides A Day

22 veterans and active duty service members die by suicide a day, a statistic with which we’ve become familiar. But, it is a lie. That appalling and horrifying number represents only those officially counted by the Department of Defense and the Veterans Administration. The truth is, no one knows how many of our service men... Read more »

No More Killed In Action, #NoMoreKIAs

No More KIAs means no boots on the ground in Iraq in response to the beheading of James Foley. For that matter, in response to anything that is not a direct attack on us. By on us, I mean on US soil. I am a member of a very exclusive club and it is our... Read more »

James Foley Is All Of Us

James Foley, a US journalist was murdered by the cowards of ISIS, the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, alternatively known as ISIL, the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant. What these savages did to James Foley is what they want to do to every man, woman and child in this country. This is... Read more »
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Ebola is on the loose

Ebola Hemorrhagic Fever is the scariest thing to threaten the human species in a long time, and that is not hysterical fear mongering. Those who know about these things are scared. Really scared. Worst of all, they are quietly scared, and that should tell us all something. It’s not just that it’s a relentless killer... Read more »

I Miss Me

I Miss Me
This post is part of a group assignment from our community managers. We were given a topic and one hour to write, edit and post. Though this is the 11th installment of what is known as “Blogapalooz-Hour” it is the first time I’ve participated. The directions were simple – “Write about a person, place or... Read more »

Senator Walsh, PTSD didn't cause you to plagiarize your lack of character did

Senator Walsh has claimed PTSD caused him to plagiarize his War College Master’s thesis. With this ridiculous, dishonorable utterance, Walsh has once again brought the specter of PTSD and the myth of the dangerous veteran into the news. Once again, the general public is being given not just a wrong but a very damaging idea... Read more »
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Today is PTSD Awareness Day, What Can be Accomplished in a Day?

Today is PTSD Awareness Day. Everyone thinks they know what PTSD is, yet nearly everyone is wrong. I’m not sure what can be accomplished with this one, nationwide PTSD Awareness Day without some context. Providing that context has been the purpose of the PTSD Series I’ve been running. But, since everyone likes practical, simple, to-the-point advice,... Read more »

Mefloquine Toxicity and PTSD, or How the Cure is Worse than the Disease

No one will dispute that malaria is a killer. Millions have died from the raging and uncontrollable fevers that accompany the parasitic infection. Millions more are left with life-long and life altering symptoms. There are regions of the world where the disease is so resistant to drugs to be nearly impervious to all antibiotics and... Read more »

Mefloquine and Chemical Causes of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

Mefloquine toxicity and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder have the same psychological symptoms. In this series, until now, we have been looking at war as the cause of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. For clarity, let’s look at the clinical definition according to the DSM V – “Diagnostic criteria for PTSD include a history of exposure to... Read more »
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Illinois Freedom Run to The Middle East Conflicts Memorial Wall

Illinois Freedom Run to The Middle East Conflicts Memorial Wall
The Illinois Freedom Run this Saturday, June 21st is one of the biggest and best motorcycle runs and patriotic events in the country. Beginning at the Grundy County Fairgrounds at 10:15am, the run fills Route 15 south of I-80 into Marsellies, ending at the Middle East Conflicts War Memorial on the banks of the Illinois... Read more »
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    Born and bred in Chicago, now living in the wilds of far suburbia. I'm a Gold Star Mom, a wife and step-mom to two terrific boys. My views are generally politically and socially conservative, though I am far from a Party line Republican. I believe in this country, our Constitution and above all, in the right of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. I believe our government is supposed to serve the people, not tell them how to live. To me, this is just common sense, but since it seems to be a minority opinion, it has become "Uncommon Sense".

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