Category: Anniversaries

American Heroes Network Interview

What a privilege to be a guest on the American Heroes Network radio this week, talking with two awesome veterans who hosted the show! We talked about the pervasiveness and impact of PTSD on our Warriors and their loved ones. As well as what help and hope there is for them. If you have time, […]

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PTSD Casts Shadow on Memorial Day Celebrations

(Chosen as Editor’s Pick on CP Blogs 2016) More than just another day off and the segue into summer, Memorial Day and other patriotic holidays are a time for reflecting, supporting and giving thanks for the sacrifices our heroes have made for us. However, what looks like a three-day-long weekend of fun, parties and picnics […]

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Memorial Day: Picnic or Nightmare for Veterans?

More than just another day off and the segue into summer, Memorial Day and other patriotic holidays are a time for reflecting, supporting and giving thanks for the sacrifices our heroes have made for us. However, what looks like a three-day-long weekend of fun, parties and picnics to some, looks like a nightmare to others. […]

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Trauma Anniversaries – OUCH!

Life with PTSD is full of ups and downs.  A roller coaster ride that embarks or halts at a moment’s notice. Some days are so pleasant we forget there is such a thing as PTSD. Memories of war seem deceptively in the past. And for those who have suffered non-military trauma, they too are vulnerable […]

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9-11 and PTSD: Can We Still Be Traumatized?

It was bedtime as usual on the night of September 10, 2001. Little did we know that by the next morning, countless Americans would NEVER again be the same! And maybe you and your loved ones are more impacted than you realize. Since 9-11, an astounding number of people have been afflicted with or re-activated […]

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“It’s A Wonder Any of Us Came Back!”

  Surrounded by over 600 honored veterans in one room, I overheard one of them say, “It’s a wonder any of us came back!”  My husband and I spent the week at a national military reunion for his division. Shook us both up. Big time. For many of the veterans it was a week of […]

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We BOTH Got Triggered!

We all know that triggers set off PTSD. Brace for explosion!  Thankfully, I am learning much better these days how to handle it when my vet gets triggered. And occasionally I myself get triggered. But what really threw me off guard last week was when we BOTH got triggered! WHOA! No fun. Not pretty. Downright […]

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Seasonal Stress and PTSD: 7 Tips to Help You Through

  Just the mention of the holidays and winter can send chills up our spines. Along with guilt because this should be the most wonderful time of the year… or so they say. Unfortunately, those who deal with the relentless demands of PTSD are especially vulnerable this time of year. Stormy weather, darkness, cold, threatening […]

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How Can We Treat the “Invisible Wounds of War?” Biola Alumni Magazine Interview

  How Can We Treat the ‘Invisible Wounds’ of War? It’s one of the most life-altering war wounds that a service member can experience, even though it doesn’t leave a scratch on the body: Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a severe mental health condition that can take a tremendous lifelong toll on military veterans and […]

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Veterans Day: A Mix of Triggers and Honors

Veterans Day and other patriotic holidays can really catch us off guard. Ironically, the one day of the year set aside to honor our veterans is often one of the most difficult for many of them. Especially those with PTSD. And the sad thing is that most people do not get it. So how do […]

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