No Ordinary Day

“Greater love has no one than this; that someone lay down his life for his friends” (John 15: 12-14) [May 30th, 2011] On a surprisingly pleasant morning in Camp Adder, the 883rd COSC team is climbing the stairs of our clinic to get to the roof. Memorial Day is being observed today and the first

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More than a Number

In 2012, a team from the Veteran’s Affairs Suicide Prevention Program released a 59-page document titled the Suicide Data Report. Its main focus was to demonstrate the amount of suicides by state, age, gender, and ethnicity that had occurred within the veteran population during that particular fiscal year. Little did they know that one of

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Shelf Life: Why Emotions Shouldn’t Be Stored

Recently I wrote an article where I mentioned compartmentalization in order to explain how it helps some service members deal with being in a deployed environment. To read it click here. For those who are not familiar with the term, compartmentalization is an unconscious coping mechanism used by our minds to avoid conflicts. In some

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Reintegration: The Challenge After the War

In 2010, I deployed to Iraq with a Combat Stress Unit from Boston. I was a Behavioral Health Specialist at a Combat Stress clinic where we worked very hard in assisting service members deal with the various home front issues and deployment stressors that they are often faced with when they’re away from home. During

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