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  • There’s a Stranger in My House

    September 11, 2018

    Post-traumatic stress has become a familiar term. It’s still difficult for family and friends at home to understand what happens to a person because of combat. Often, spouses and other family members simply do not have a context for what happens to a combat survivor. "My loved one went to war. Someone else came home." A warrior returning from combat is changed in a number of ways. One… Read More

  • Combat PTSD: Wounds That Can Be Healed

    June 13, 2018

    Combat is not what we did. Combat is who we are. A warrior’s wounds are severe: a torn mind, a broken heart, a shattered soul. As combat survivors, these are the wounds we protect and deny. Among our greatest fears is that, for us, there is no longer any such place as home. For combat survivors, there is nothing invisible about what we see with our ‘thousand-meter stare.’ Hovering… Read More

  • Free Online Groups Help Military Families Find Genuine Support

    December 11, 2017

    Within the military community, “hellos” and “goodbyes” are a way of life. As a former service member and military spouse, I know how overwhelming it can be to see so many people come in and out of your life in such a rapid succession. On the good days, we look around the table and find we have the support from family and friends that we need to help us through the tough times. On… Read More

  • Has a Veteran Impacted Your Life?

    November 10, 2017

    Think about a veteran in your life. It may be your grandfather or grandmother, father or mother, uncle or aunt, brother or sister, son or daughter, friend or colleague. Our military stories teach us some of life’s most valuable lessons. Sharing the lessons we’ve learned from service members, especially during this month for Veterans Day and Military Family Month, help demonstrate our… Read More

  • Happy Birthday Marines!

    November 9, 2017

    November 10, 2017 is the 242nd birthday of the United States Marine Corps. The Second Continental Congress established this organization in 1775 with two battalions to fight Great Britain during the Revolutionary War. Appropriately birthed at the Tun Tavern in Philadelphia, it survived the war however was dis-established along with the Navy shortly after peace was reached. Re-established… Read More

  • The War at Home: Responding to Domestic Violence in the Military

    October 23, 2017

    Domestic violence is an often-misunderstood epidemic that affects at least one in four women and one in seven men -- including our service members, veterans, and military spouses. In fact, while domestic violence rates declined among civilians between 2003 and 2010, they rose by 177% in the military during the same period. Women in the military community experience abuse at even higher… Read More

  • Happy Birthday U.S. Army

    June 12, 2017

    June 14 marks the 242nd birthday of the US Army — initially established in 1775 as the Continental Army. The new force was made up of 22,000 militiamen already gathered outside of Boston plus 5,000 more in New York. On June 15, 1775, Congress named Virginian George Washington as commander-in-chief of the Continental Army. Since then, the Army has fought in many battles under harsh… Read More

  • Identifying PTSD

    May 1, 2017

    Since 2002, over 100,000 military service members have been diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).   What is PTSD? Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is an anxiety disorder that can develop after a person is involved or witness to a life-threatening or terrifying event.  This can be anything from combat to rape to an automobile accident.  Most people who have gone… Read More

  • Finding Our Words of Recovery

    November 9, 2016

    Writing Down The Bones is the title of a book that I came across as I was struggling through the resolution of my experience from Vietnam. The book is written by a lady named Natalie Goldberg. What I found so valuable about Natalie’s approach to writing was the authenticity of her writing about anything. This is not the kind of writing that we were indoctrinated with in school. Natalie… Read More

  • Using Equine Therapy in Retreat Setting

    May 3, 2016

    “It’s just a coincidence.” It was a phrase Suzi Landolphi, expert equine therapist and newest addition to the Boulder Crest Retreat staff, repeated constantly throughout our Saturday morning with her, a tongue-in-cheek way of stating what every woman there felt: that the horses’ movement around us was no accident. Horses are incredibly instructive personalities for humans for… Read More

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