Mental Health/Wellness National Guard/Reserve

He Likes Me! He Really Likes Me!

Six years ago life as my three kids and I knew it changed. We were so excited because our soldier was coming home after being deployed for 15 months, we would finally be a complete family again. Considering this was our sixth deployment, we had no concerns or worries and knew what we should expectContinue Reading “He Likes Me! He Really Likes Me!”

Mental Health/Wellness National Guard/Reserve

Mental Health Needs for National Guard

  Our National Guard, once known as the “weekend warriors”, because training is one weekend per month and two weeks in the summer. The National Guard also responds to disasters in the U.S., as we recently have seen at the Boston Marathon massacre and Hurricane Sandy. Did you know that over half of the U.S.Continue Reading “Mental Health Needs for National Guard”

Mental Health/Wellness National Guard/Reserve Veterans

Camp Dodge, Iowa Hosts Transcendental Meditation Courses for Veterans

The hour long talk from  noon – 1p.m. on February 25, 2013 at Camp Dodge in Johnston, Iowa will be the first step in learning to how Transcendental Meditation can benefit everyone, but specifically veterans suffering with PTSD, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. On that day, meditation teacher Anne Shook, along with teachers Dan Swanson, CarolContinue Reading “Camp Dodge, Iowa Hosts Transcendental Meditation Courses for Veterans”

Mental Health/Wellness Veterans

Love, Faith and Marriage Military Style

“He’s my one,” Ashley Toppin tells me.  “He’s my everything.” She’s speaking of her husband Andy Toppin, an Army veteran from Dickinson, Texas.  If you saw them walking down the street you’d look twice.  Ashley is a petite blue eyed blonde with a smile that lights up a dark Texas night.  Andy is tall darkContinue Reading “Love, Faith and Marriage Military Style”