Posts in category "TBI"

PTSD, Suicide and Other Myths About Veterans

Myths exist, historically, to instruct and explain. Back when most people were illiterate, and even before the written word, myths were a society’s way of understanding things that were scary, things we in the enlightened age know to be natural phenomenon. The most important myths were those that comforted the masses, helping them to feel... Read more »

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 »

Dogs For Soldiers

Dogs For Soldiers
Dogs have been used as instruments of war since man’s best friend became domesticated. It is part of the nature of dogs to protect it’s pack, even if that pack includes two legged members. The idea that dogs can help heal the injured spirit of a warrior is not new either but is finally getting... Read more »
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Chris Kyle An American Hero

Chris Kyle, author of “American Sniper: The autobiography of the Most Lethal Sniper in U.S. Military History” and another man were murdered last night. While it took a few hours for the media to break the news, the military and warrior communities were already aware and actively attempting to assist in the apprehension of the suspect.... Read more »

Argument Against Gun Background Checks

In all of the controversy about various gun control laws, the one thing I’ve never been able to understand is opposition to background checks. I have serious reservations about stricter gun controls, but, arguing against background checks? That one had me scratching my head. Then I came across the following blog. The Rhino Den is one of the... Read more »

Red Fridays - Thank You

Red Fridays - Thank You
This will be the last in the “Red Fridays” series, but I’m sure it won’t be the last time I write about our military and veterans. From the beginning, I have wanted to expose some of the issues and concerns our service members past and present face. I find it disgraceful the way our military... Read more »
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Red Fridays - George Patton and Ted Turner solve Military Suicide

Red Fridays - George Patton and Ted Turner solve Military Suicide
Everyone knows the General Patton story, the one about him visiting a hospital full of wounded soldiers and coming across a young man without visible wounds. When he is told the soldier has combat fatigue, General Patton slaps the kid and calls him a malingerer. As far as Patton was concerned, the problem was solved. I’ve... Read more »

Red Fridays - National Gold Star Mothers Day

Red Fridays - National Gold Star Mothers Day
I recently had a most disturbing conversation, not just because of the content, but because of with whom I was speaking. I was talking to a Viet Nam veteran, and the fact that this Sunday, September 29 was the last Sunday in September and as such is National Gold Star Mothers Day came up. There... Read more »

Red Fridays - Assistance Dogs help Wounded Veterans with PTSD & TBI

Red Fridays - Assistance Dogs help Wounded Veterans with PTSD & TBI
For those of us who are plugged into the military and veterans communities, it often feels as if every time you turn around, there is someone with their hand out looking for donations and support for their specific cause. We supporters are known as a generous lot and a soft touch. While most groups and... Read more »
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    Denise Williams

    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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