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    Battling for Balance

    When I left the Marine Corps, I had a hard time carving a new identity for myself. I was terribly invested in what others thought of me. My public story was of crisp uniforms, physical fitness metrics, and successes. I always looked good on paper. My private story involved destructive choices, broken doors and holes […]

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    Trauma-Informed Care for Veterans

    By Kate Hendricks Thompson and Sarah Plummer Taylor An increase in trauma-informed care leads to more efficient and effective response at every level of patient care, and thus, a reduction of wait times at VA Hospitals. Rebecca served nine years as a Marine Officer, and had relied upon the Veterans Administration Medical Center (VAMC) for her health […]

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    Mental Fitness Training: A New Military and Veteran Mental Health Paradigm

    The idea that PTSD is an unalterable, lifetime sentence is neurologically untrue. This is good news!!! So why haven’t our conversations about military mental health moved from narratives of broken veterans and disability diagnoses? Let’s have a new conversation with military personnel about mental health – Stress Injuries vs. PTSD Stress injuries are very natural […]

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    5 Ways a PTSD Service Dog Can Help

    Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is a mental disorder that results from a traumatic experience. Common symptoms are nightmares, flashbacks, intrusive memories, depression, and anxiety following a traumatic event. Living with PTSD can be very difficult. Public outings may result in flashbacks while depression can become overwhelming if the person stays at home. The risk of […]

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    How Do We Alter the Dialogue About Resilence

    Despite the vast news coverage of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan since 2001, one figure has remained mysterious: the number of suicides among US servicemen and women, compared to combat casualties. Here’s one statistic to contemplate: In 2012, the US military lost 295 soldiers, sailors, airmen, and Marines in combat in Afghanistan. But over […]

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    Improving Transitions from Military Service to Civilian Life

    ALABAMA – Researchers, policy makers and federal agencies have been slow in coming to terms with the realities of being in long-term, worldwide conflicts in multiple countries and the impact that has on service members, veterans, their families, and their communities. The 2nd annual Service Member to Civilian (S2C) Summit will be hosted by the University […]

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