Daily SFTT receives gut-wrenching stories of warriors suffering from PTSD. For many of us, it is difficult to comprehend what goes on in the minds of these veterans and, unfortunately, we are left with the bitter after-taste of the harm they are causing to themselves and their loved ones. We would like to lend a helpful hand, but most of don’t know where to start. This poem from Universal Blogger is one person’s attempt to explain the alienation ...Continue Reading →
I have never believed that one becomes wiser with age, but I do believe that watching the same sitcom over and over dulls your interest for the inevitable punch line. Our military seems to react publicly in lock-step trying to explain the shocking story of a decorated Army Staff Sergeant who allegedly murdered 16 Afghan civilians. This horrific incident has caused great distress within the ranks of active duty personnel and it is quite understandable that senior officers would try ...Continue Reading →
My dad, a retired Air Force officer, used to tell me as a kid that “If you don’t have anything smart to say, keep your mouth shut.” Now I don’t always follow this advice, but I do think that society would be better served if we kept disingenuous chatter to a minimum. Sadly, it would seem that our leaders – both civilian and in the military – are unable to keep their mouths shut when they have little to contribute ...Continue Reading →
In a horrific and developing news story from the battlefields of Afghanistan, a 38-year-old United States staff sergeant is suspected of slaying 16 Afghan villagers. Some news reports suggest that the unidentified Army sergeant is from Joint Base Lewis-McChord, a sprawling installation located near Tacoma, Washington that has earned a reputation “as the most troubled outpost in the U.S. military.”
With all of the facts and evidence yet to be made public, it would appear that a US ...Continue Reading →
The recent decision by the US Army to sack PTSD screeners at the Madigan Army Medical Center for questionable diagnoses raises more questions that it actually answers.
As reported by Hal Benton in the Seattle Times, “the Army Medical Command has identified some 285 Madigan Army Medical Center patients whose diagnoses of they went through a screening process for possible medical retirements, according to U.S. Sen. Patty Murray.”
The issue here is not to determine whether there has been any ...Continue Reading →
“Leave no man behind,” is certainly a long-standing military phrase that captures the essence of the pride and valor of men and women serving in our armed forces. The origins of this phrase are not known, but is used by the US Army Rangers, the USMC and special forces units around the world.
Regardless of its origins, the message is clear: Our military takes care of their own and does not leave their wounded and brave heroes behind when they ...Continue Reading →
Stand For The Troops and Mitchells of Westport, CT will host a charitable fund-raising event to raise money for our brave warriors suffering from PTSD. Please join us at Mitchells in Westport (date TBA) to lend your voice to this charitable cause.Continue Reading →
Make no mistake, the military brass recognize that many veterans of our wars in Iraq and Afghanistan suffer from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (“PTSD”). In fact, it is estimated that 1 in 5 veterans suffers from PTSD.
As such, it is difficult to reconcile a recent news report that US Army Doctors are trying to hold down the number of military service members that are diagnosed with “the Army’s top medical officer this week rejected assertions that commanders are discouraging ...Continue Reading →
We are thrilled to announce that Geoff “Jeff” Metcalf will conduct a LIVE RADIO INTERVIEW with Col. Roger Charles, editor Stand For The Troops, Wed. Jan 4th at 8PM PST (11 PM EST) Topic: Procurement Scandal over Shoddy Dept. of Defense Approved body armor. SFTT readers are encouraged to call in and listen to the interview by calling in on the following numbers:
703-836-0384 (land line, VOIP) and (cell)
703-980-7551 plus 2d land line (VOIP) 703-836-6736.
Roger Charles, Vice ...Continue Reading →
Over a week ago, I attended a fascinating lecture and discussion with Dr. Henry Grayson, Chairman of SFTT’s Medical Task Force, on the exploration of new treatments for veterans suffering from PTSD. The meeting was hosted at the headquarters of the Organization for Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA) in midtown NYC.
The meeting was designed to explore some of the new methods to treat veterans with PTSD. Together with the physicians and clinical psychologists ...Continue Reading →