The iconic comic book hero Captain America commands a significant role in our national culture. His selfless commitment to service embodies the best of part of us. Having had the opportunity to observe a diverse cross-section of America’s people serve and sacrifice under conditions of great personal danger and privation, I assure you that the ...Continue Reading →
By Brian Delate
The following quote comes from The Peloponnesian War by Thucydides. I reflected on these words briefly for my friend Peter Meineck, PhD, professor of classics in the modern world at New York University. For SFTT I felt I had to expand it.
“Every man in the army was filled with tears and so disturbed that they found it hard to leave, even from enemy territory, where they had already experienced misery beyond tears, and considering what future pain ...Continue Reading →
I simply responded to a social media post. It was a meme complaining that there would be no fireworks this year on the 4th and I commented that a lot of Veterans out there would be thankful. The response that followed surprised me: “I don’t know of any Veterans that would be disturbed by fireworks.” Over a week later, I’m still pondering this.
With all the articles, ...Continue Reading →
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 ...Continue Reading →
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 ...Continue Reading →
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 ...Continue Reading →
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 ...Continue Reading →
|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 ...
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 ...Continue Reading →
STAND FOR THE TROOPS (SFTT) is honoring service dogs with our Service Dog Salute Photo Campaign that celebrates the unique relationship between Veterans and their canine companions. SFTT recognizes the significant role these support animals play and wants to show-and-tell this fact to the world.
Lance Corporal Charlton E Johnson Weapons Expert USMC, and his Canine Companion Aliana (Ali)
I am Lance Corporal Charlton E Johnson Weapons Expert USMC, Attached to a Weapons Plt in Golf Co 2nd Bn 5th Mar 1st ...Continue Reading →