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Caregivers of Vets Deserve These Proposed Perks

If you’re a caregiver of a veteran wounded before 9/11 you receive no stipend from the Veteran Affairs administration (VA), no health care and no mental health help. And if you receive the Defense … [Read more...]

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Why Increased Base Security Is a Mistake

If you think the most recent mass shooting on Fort Hood means that we really ought to tighten up physical security on military bases, I'm betting you haven't spent much time on one lately. With … [Read more...]

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Military Caregiver Study Findings Left Me Stunned

A newly released study found something that stunned even me – there are 1.1 million post-9/11 military caregivers in the US. As the program coordinator for Operation Homefront’s wounded warrior … [Read more...]

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How to Help the Spouse of a Wounded Warrior

My husband was injured by an IED in Iraq in July of 2006. Since I work with Operation Homefront’s Hearts of Valor Program, I am able to work with caregivers of wounded, ill or injured service … [Read more...]

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An Open Letter to My Med-Boarding Friend

I remember exactly where I was when I learned that your husband had been shot by an Afghan soldier during his own promotion ceremony. I slipped out of a room of people and cried and cried over the … [Read more...]

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Viral Photo Sparks Honor, Not Pity — Finally

A photo of a woman toting her amputee husband on her back has gone wildly viral this week as commenter after commenter marvels at the couples’ apparent devotion. Former Marine Staff Sgt. Jesse … [Read more...]

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What Does Kicking Out Service Animals Say About Us?

The story went viral. A young soldier who suffers from PTSD, was asked to take his service animal home from church and return without it. While Spc. Kristofer Magstadt says he was asked to leave, … [Read more...]

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Why You Should Be Prepared for PTSD

Do you have any idea that the one you tearfully bid farewell may never be in your arms again -- at least not like you remember them? If your servicemember has experienced any level of combat, he could … [Read more...]

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I Would Take That Bullet Again

On April 10, 2011 my phone rang with an unfamiliar number. Thinking it was my husband Jamie, I answered the phone quickly. But the voice on the other end didn’t sound anything like my husband. … [Read more...]

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What I Learned About True Love From a Wounded Warrior

My husband was very seriously injured on October 3, 2005 in Northern Iraq. A grenade fell through the gunner’s hatch of his Stryker vehicle and exploded. We spent over six months in Walter Reed … [Read more...]

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Video: Do you Understand PTSD?

When my wife deployed a couple years ago my biggest concern was that she would come home with some form of post traumatic stress disorder. The idea of PTSD scared the crap out of me because I didn't … [Read more...]

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YDU: I’d be Sad When the Uninjured Soldiers Came Home?

The flight that my husband’s friends come home on is this weekend. This would be my husband’s flight if he hadn’t been hurt during his unit’s deployment to Afghanistan over last year. He … [Read more...]

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The Heartbreak of “Not Fit for Duty”

We've been living with my husband's (who I’ll call Doc to protect his identity) TBI for three years now. We spent more time than we should have hoping he would just get better. He sought out … [Read more...]

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How About a Little Ecstasy for Your PTSD?

A new PTSD treatment has been found to have a long term, lasting positive impact three years later in two-thirds of the 19 people tested. What’s the therapy, you ask? Why, it’s the love drug, … [Read more...]

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Help Lower Divorce Rates Among TBI Victims

I always knew that my sisters and I were alike, but I could have never guessed that our significant others would all be military men.  We were all captivated by their stories, their bravery, their … [Read more...]

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Is Military Suicide Preventable?

By now most have heard the news – the suicide rate in the military is climbing and our leaders are calling it an “epidemic.” And yet one group continues to fall through the cracks: military … [Read more...]

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I Want to Have a Baby, but the VA Won’t Pay

In my opinion, from the day you sign up for the military to the day you get out, you are the military’s responsibility and if something happens to you because of the military, it's their … [Read more...]

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What Not to Say to a Wounded Warrior

Although we are many years down the road of recovery from my husband’s severe 2006 war injury, we still think about the comments we received or have faced since then. There are just some things you … [Read more...]