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 →
“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 ...Continue Reading →
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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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 →
Orion (my service dog) over the years has drastically reduced my symptoms of PTSD.
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 ...Continue Reading →
‘Some dogs help people see, while others
help them forget what they’ve seen!’
Stand for the Troops (SFTT), the David Hackworth legacy foundation, is Saluting Service Dogs with a photo campaign launching on PTSD Awareness Day, June 27th, 2018. Veterans and their families are encouraged to submit candid or portrait photographs of themselves and their service dog companion along with a short narrative about WHY this canine relationship has reduced the symptoms of post-traumatic stress (PTSD). The campaign will ...Continue Reading →
Let us begin with the basics.
What Is The Endocannabinoid System?
First documented in the 1990s, this system is a relatively new discovery and is an internal (endo-) receptor for cannabidiol, serving as a modulator and communicator between all the other systems in the body. These receptors are found in the brain and gut as well as the immune, cardiovascular, nervous and endocrine systems, and even in the nuclear membrane of cells. When this enormously ...Continue Reading →