Spring Cleaning

By Fatima Cook

There’s a freshness in the air! The earlier rising and later setting sun clearly marks the time for a refreshing reset. Time to clean out with what’s no longer “sparking joy” (in the words of Marie Kondo) and make space to fill with joie de vivre.

Aside from closet purging, might it also be time to reevaluate our relationships to ideas, habits, people who at one time seemed to be constructive?  Slipping into that which no longer serves ...

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The Impact of Invisibility: Military Veteran Women’s Health

By Kate Hendricks Thomas

I still remember being told I should never walk around our base in Iraq alone. Would you believe that it didn’t even seem strange at the time?

Today I’m a public health researcher. A big part of what I do is try to figure out how to make the process of becoming a civilian again easier for military women. It’s a job I care about deeply because I recognize all too personally the health issues that come ...

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“Transcendental Meditation made me human again. I came back from the dead. I was resurrected.”

By Corey O’Brien

Corey O’Brien is a US Army and Ohio National Guard veteran with a TBI and PTSD who credits his recovery to a Transcendental Meditation program for veterans, enabled through a partnership between the Resurrecting Lives Foundation and David Lynch Foundation. O’Brien is a science teacher at Hamilton Township High School in Ohio. He is a married father of five, and has two tours in Iraq behind him. 

Military service runs in my family.  When I say it runs in my ...

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Army Veteran and Artist Lt Col David Richardson will Auction His Original Artwork to Benefit Fellow Veterans with PTSD

NEW YORK, NY, MARCH 2019 — Vanity Fair celebrity interviewer George Wayne and Award Winning TV Host and Best Selling Author, Rita Cosby will be co-hosting an exhibition and benefit at The Solider and Sailors Club at 283 Lexington Avenue on Thursday, March 14th @ 6PM.

Wayne will be auctioning off an original piece by artist, author, and retired marine Lt Col David Richardson. The piece ...

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Big Shout-Out to SFTT’s Crowd-Funders for Getting Eric to Pocatello for “Treatment of Ten”

by Ben Richards
“Why isn’t everyone getting this?” was the first question he asked me. Eric and I were talking about his experience going through Stand for the Troop’s (SFTT) “Treatment of Ten” program.

Eric served our Nation for more than two decades, through multiple combat deployments and like so many America’s Combat Veterans, he struggled to live through the painful and disabling consequences of multiple traumatic brain injuries, combat ...
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The Holidays

By Dr. Kate Hendricks Thomas

Dr. Kate Hendricks Thomas is the author of Brave, Strong, True: The Modern Warrior’s Battle for Balance and co-author of Bulletproofing the Psyche.

As holidays approach, I’m uniquely grateful for the loved ones in my life. I’m also ever-mindful that there’ve been times when I didn’t have enough social support, and I won’t forget how hard those moments were.

And so I ask myself this time of year, have I reached out to anyone ...

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Bulletproofing

by Dr. Kate Hendricks Thomas
 
What if I told you that mental fitness is something you can develop in the same way you build your physical fitness?

We hear a lot these days about mental fitness in politics and leadership. When we do, the conversation often focuses on avoiding or managing stress. What if that isn’t actually useful?

The best illustration I’ve read highlighting the direct link between mental toughness and performance comes out of a research lab. A team ...

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MaryAnn H.A. Dyer & Wookiee

My name is MaryAnn H.A. Dyer, I am a Retired, 100% Disabled, female Army Veteran, with a Military Occupational Skill (MOS) in Intelligence (TSBICI). I have Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) with Night Terrors, Military Sexual Trauma (MST), Panic Attacks, Fibromyalgia, Degenerative Spine and Severe Migraines.

I love the Army and I love my Country; We take care of each other. The thought ...

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Carolyn May and Wiggles

PTSD is an ugly, devitalizing, and enervating disorder. Sometimes you just want to hide and avoid people completely. It is difficult to do the things you once loved and PTSD symptoms have adverse and detrimental effects on relationships. When one considers what it means to be well, what it means to be mentally healthy, it is essential that we interact with others have compassion not only for other people, but for ourselves.

Compassion, companionship…. That’s what a service dog provides for ...

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Mike Arena & Orion

Orion (my service dog) over the years has drastically reduced my symptoms of PTSD.

Since Orion…

I can have a connection with my family; reintegrating with the lives of my 4 children and soon to be 3 grandchildren from a previous life and now a long-term relationship with my girlfriend and her daughter.

I can go back to work; regaining a since of belonging to society and ...

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