Posts in category "Veterans Issues"

Viet Nam Gold Stars, Your Loss Is Not Forgotten

Viet Nam Gold Stars, Your Loss Is Not Forgotten
Margaret Gasperich will be waked June 16th at 10:00am at St. Joseph Church, 416 N. Chicago St in Joliet, to be followed by a Mass of Christian Burial. Marge was 93 years old. She was also a Gold Star mother who buried her only child forty-four years ago. She grieved for her only child almost... Read more »

Managing Symptoms of Mefloquine Toxicity and Post Traumatic Stress Injury

Recently, someone asked about certain symptoms of mefloquine toxicity and Post Traumatic Stress. This isn’t about the life-threatening ones, just the annoying and occasionally debilitating ones not talked about in polite society. This got me thinking about the mechanism of how mefloquine was intended to work and the neurological injury that is Post Traumatic Stress.... Read more »

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 »
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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 »

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 »

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder is not a Mental Illness

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder is not a mental illness. Unfortunately, the best treatment for PTS is mental health counseling. Fortunately, mental health counseling is the best treatment for PTS. Those two opposing statements are equally valid. It is unfortunate in that because the treatment falls under the profession of mental health, too many make the... Read more »
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Shinseki and Obama vs Veterans and The American Taxpayer

Eric Shinseki is surprised and appalled at the systemic lack of principles among so many in the VA leadership. Obama is to have a ‘serious conversation’ with Shinseki. Veterans are literally dying to see a VA doctor. And the American Taxpayer is footing the bill. Just what in the hell is really going on? The... 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 »

Soldier Suicide There is Hope

22 a day. Some say that number is much higher, over 100 a day when all veterans are included. Even 1 a day is too many. It is an issue that everyone seems to know about, but no one really knows what to do. For too many a soldier survived life in a war zone,... Read more »
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What Isn't Cut In The Budget

Previously, we looked at what has been cut. Now let’s look at what wasn’t. Of course, Congressional pay and benefits weren’t even discussed. Congress did grant a 1% salary increase to both Federal employees and active duty military personnel. But, with a 2% cost of living increase projected for 2014 that still translates to a... 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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