George W. Bush Striving To Take ‘Disorder’ Out Of PTSD

George W. Bush Striving To Take ‘Disorder’ Out Of PTSD

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Former President, George W. Bush, is working to take the word 'disorder' out of PTSD. He is working hard to help the veterans get back on their feet and reintegrate into society. Another individual who is working to help veterans heal from the … [Read more...]

Post 9-11: Remember Our Military Community

Post 9-11: Remember Our Military Community

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Last year, on September 12, 2012, my memoir Sleeping With Dog Tags, was released. My first thought once that happened: “Holy (blank)…I just shared my story with the world!” My second thought: “Well, no one will read it.” With the surge of … [Read more...]

Waiting After War: Veterans Disability Claims Delayed

Waiting After War: Veterans Disability Claims Delayed

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I keep hearing how things are improving with the Veterans Administration (VA) Disability Claim backlog. In fact, click here to read President Obama's discussion from earlier this month about how the backlog is "easing." The VA  claims recent … [Read more...]

James DiMaggio’s Reasoning to Kidnap Hannah Anderson; Anderson’s Healing Path

James DiMaggio’s Reasoning to Kidnap Hannah Anderson; Anderson’s Healing Path

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When James DiMaggio died in a confrontation with an FBI tactical agent deep in the Idaho wilderness this weekend, he took with him the reason why he killed a family friend and her son -- and took her 16-year-old daughter captive. His weeklong run … [Read more...]

June Is PTSD Awareness Month

June Is PTSD Awareness Month

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Over the past several months, I’ve written numerous articles for ThoughtfulWomen.org on the topic of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, PTSD, to help raise awareness about it and quash its stigma, as the disorder is often misunderstood. As June is … [Read more...]

Will The Death of A Sniper Get Our Nation Focused On PTSD?

Will The Death of A Sniper Get Our Nation Focused On PTSD?

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On February 2nd, one of our nation’s more known, decorated veterans of war was tragically killed, along with a fellow veteran. The alleged killer another war veteran who, reports suggest, suffered from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). It is … [Read more...]

Alarming News On The Heels Of the 2012 Soldier Suicide Rate Report

Alarming News On The Heels Of the 2012 Soldier Suicide Rate Report

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On the heels of the report issued earlier this month that suicide led to more soldier deaths than combat in 2012, another army veteran takes his own life. This time, the veteran was a former army psychologist who advocated for more Post Traumatic … [Read more...]

Bullets Through the Heart: Sex After War

Bullets Through the Heart: Sex After War

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When Americans think of war, we often associate it with romance. The most iconic images linking the two, a black and white photograph of a sailor kissing a nurse taken in 1945 by LIFE Magazine photographer Alfred Eisenstaedt has been famously called … [Read more...]

Should Veterans Get The Same Treatment As Common Criminals?

Should Veterans Get The Same Treatment As Common Criminals?

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Our veterans of war have sacrificed, fought and often bled for our freedoms and for our constitutional rights. Sadly, some veterans who suffer from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) are being arrested for … [Read more...]

Invisible Scars of War Carried by Today’s Military Spouse

Invisible Scars of War Carried by Today’s Military Spouse

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It is common for soldiers to be hyper-vigilant in the combat zone--in a prolonged state of constant alert, adrenaline coursing through the veins, altered cortisol levels. Studies show emotional anxiety, acute awareness, and chemical arousal … [Read more...]