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Naked Twister Mom Blames Ex-Husband’s PTSD

In the military and veteran communities there is a new game. It’s called, “How long til it becomes the fault of PTSD?” Anyone can play, but the winners are always the media and the losers are always our military and veterans and the general public at large. When the story is about a mom drinking,... Read more »

American Sniper Should Have Won Oscars for Best Actor and Best Picture

American Sniper Should Have Won Oscars for Best Actor and Best Picture
Bradley Cooper and Clint Eastwood deserved Oscars for their work on “American Sniper”. I say this not because I am unapologetically supportive of our military and veterans.  I say this because even though I have spent nearly every waking moment for the past several years working for and with issues affecting our military and veterans,... Read more »

Eddie Ray Routh Guilty of Murder of Chris Kyle and Chad Littlefield

Eddie Ray Routh Guilty of Murder of Chris Kyle and Chad Littlefield
Eddie Ray Routh killed Chris Kyle and Chad Littlefield and will pay for his crime by spending the rest of his life behind prison bars. Some feel he should be in a mental institution and not prison. That would only be appropriate if he was mentally ill and did not know what he did was... Read more »
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"American Sniper" Movie has Messages for All Americans

"American Sniper"  Movie has Messages for All Americans
This past weekend, I saw American Sniper. Not too long ago, I swore I’d never see another movie about war so my choosing to see this one, in a movie theater, is significant. I’m not the first mother of a child killed in war unable to watch war on the big screen. Or even on... Read more »

One Perfect Day-A Conversation With Andrew

One Perfect Day-A Conversation With Andrew
Once again, ChicagoNow is holding a “Blogapalooza”. We are given a topic and one hour in which to write. This month’s assignment was, “Write what your perfect day would be like, either in reality or fantasy”.   My perfect day would be bright and clear, with a warm sun but the temperature wouldn’t matter. If... Read more »

Where Did I Go?

It has been six weeks exactly since my last post. I’ve gotten some really nice notes checking to see if I’m okay, and a few asking where my commitment went. Some of the later aren’t referring to my silence, but I’ll get back to that. Others have attempted to commiserate along the lines of, ‘It... Read more »
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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 »

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 »

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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PTSD vs Normal Emotional Reactions

PTSD is often considered an abnormal emotional reaction to war. War causes an emotional reaction, of that there can be no doubt. But emotional reactions are not necessarily PTSD. Emotional reactions are most definitely not a sign of mental illness. In fact, they are a sign of sanity. To understand the difference between normal 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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