Deployment/PCS Homefront Mental Health/Wellness Veterans

You Wouldn’t Understand It’s a Combat Thing-

Before I joined the Army National Guard back in 1991 I was volunteering at a Vietnam Veteran Counseling Center. I was drawn to this experience because of a traumatic event in my own life that left me with a severe case of PTSD or Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.  By helping Vietnam Veterans with PTSD IContinue Reading “You Wouldn’t Understand It’s a Combat Thing-“

Deployment/PCS Homefront

Hard to Breathe

I was trying not to watch the time. I had deliberately put my phone on the table three feet from my bed. Far enough away that it took a little effort to repeatedly check the time on it but close enough that I could answer it before it completed its first ring. But I knewContinue Reading “Hard to Breathe”

Faith/Encouragement Parents/Family

When Your Child Returns From War: Part 2

We moms are a proud bunch, always wanting to show off our children, but don’t parade them around to family, and friends like a trophy when they return. This is the time to keep your pride subdued a little because for reasons we can’t comprehend, they don’t always feel like heroes and the extra attentionContinue Reading “When Your Child Returns From War: Part 2”

Faith/Encouragement Parents/Family

When Your Child Returns From War: Part 1

 Even as an adult the only thing I could relate to the word “homecoming” was high school dances and football games, that is until my son went to war at the age of 19. Now when I hear the word “homecoming” the image in my mind is of families reuniting after a long tenuous separation.Continue Reading “When Your Child Returns From War: Part 1”