PTSD Awareness: Not all wounds are visible

Injustice! Over the last month the perception of injustice has provoked wide-spread expressions of civil unrest in our society that, while not unprecedented, have startled us into a moment of collective self-reflection.

As we consider ways that we can improve access to the full potential that our unique American society can offer, it is also appropriate to reflect on the burdens many have already taken upon themselves to create and preserve the kind of society we are collectively striving for.

Although largely ...

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“Hey, Dad, were you in a war?”

By Brian Delate
Even the God of War is no match for love… –PLATO

It’s a late sunny afternoon, when I hear my daughter Tirsa, now in sixth grade, arrive home from school. She runs in, drops her school backpack with a thud and heads upstairs to where my home office is in Pennsylvania. She gives me a brief energetic hug and steps back. “Hey, Dad, were you in a war?” I turn and point to the pictures ...

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Find Some Nature, Turn Off the News, Paint a Picture & Other Suggestions That Can Relieve PTSD Symptoms During COVID-19

“Learning how to be kind to ourselves, learning how to respect ourselves, is important.  The reason it’s important is that, fundamentally, when we look into our own hearts and begin to discover what is confused and what is brilliant, what is bitter and what is sweet, it isn’t just ourselves that we’re discovering. We’re discovering the universe.” — Pema Chodron

During these uncertain Corona Times, the words of famed Buddhist Pema Chodron can be particularly comforting to those suffering from post-traumatic stress ...

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Remembering Hack By SFTT Staff

On the 15th anniversary of Colonel David ‘Hack’ Hackworth’s passing we share with you a few articles about the co-founder of STAND FOR THE TROOPS (SFTT).

Hack had that ‘thing’ that legends are made of.  He served his country in an unmatched style for which he was both loved and hated for.  Hack led by example and always from the front, he had tremendous respect for the grunts – those who shared the front line with him – but most of all he ...

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Stamford Veteran Struggles to Pay Medical Bills After Hit-and-Run

Brian Eirin a 28-year-old US Infantry Veteran and father of three is struggling to pay his medical bills after being involved in a hit-and-run accident on January 10th, 2020. He suffered a fractured neck, fractured skull and brain bleed when a car hit his motorcycle from behind, throwing him headfirst onto the asphalt and fled the scene. Thankfully, concerned bystanders stepped in and saved his life.

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TUNNEL TO TOWERS RUN By Robin Isidro

Sunday, September 29th marked the 18th annual Tunnel To Towers 5K run and walk that retraces the steps of FDNY firefighter Stephen Siller, who was on his way home after his shift on Sept. 11, 2001, when he got word of a plane hitting one of the World Trade Center towers. He turned back around, with roads closed, he left his vehicle, strapped on 75 pounds of gear and ran through the Brooklyn Battery Tunnel and gave his life helping to ...

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2019 BATTLE OF BROOKLYN RUCK MARCH Freedom Isn’t Free – And Boy, Do I have The Blisters To Prove It

By Patrick Dillon

 

If there’s one thing I can’t stand more than sending very young True Believers like me off to fight an unwinnable war with one arm tied behinds our backs, it’s walking.

Why? Because ever since I moved almost 30 years ago uptown to Harlem (where my WWII vet Irish-born father was a fireman for more than 35 years) from Hell’s Kitchen, where I was born almost 68 years ago, I’ve bicycled, uptown and down, well over 70,000 miles. That is, Dear Reader, more than twice the circumference of planet Earth.

As a result ...

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Why This Marine Teaches Yoga

by Kate Hendricks Thomas, PhD, MCHES

I used to think strength meant presenting an image of strong silence and always looking like I had everything together. I was a Marine, a leader, and could never make a mistake.

I became a Marine to serve, and loved being part of the Corps. As with anything I have ever loved intensely, the military changed and shaped me. To the casual observer looking in, the world seems brutal and intense. That outsider ...

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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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