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Humiliation (A positive coping response)

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If I were a drug abuser, I would be using right now. If I were an alcoholic, I would be totally wasted. If I was an physical or verbal abuser, I would be abusing someone or something. If I were a true cutter, I would be cutting myself instead of writing this. But I’m not. Evidently, my coping mechanism is now blogging on realwarriors.net. So that’s better than the alternatives. No drugs, no alcohol, no abuse, no blood, no death.

CNN ireport suicide article!‏

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http://www.ireport.com/docs/DOC-378980

Breaking the silence: Soldier conquers suicidal thoughts

iReport —
By Dijon Rolle

HEIDELBERG, Germany -- Her name may not be recognized immediately, but for many in the military communities throughout Europe, her story is one they may never forget.

Last summer Capt. Emily Stehr appeared on American Forces Network Europe and revealed publicly that she was waging a war.

Death to Stigma, not to Humans

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Death to Stigma, not to Humans

For Randy RIP

The online Merriam-Webster dictionary defines stigma as “a mark of shame or discredit.” Dictionary.com defines "stigmatize" in the following ways: “to characterize or brand as disgraceful or ignominious (deserving or bringing disgrace or shame).” The root word for stigma comes from Medieval Latin for “to brand, mark” or “tattoo mark.”

Death Day

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Death Day

Dedicated to Zack and Josh RIP

Poetry can heal war wounds

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This holiday week, a Stars and Stripes online article http://www.stripes.com/article.asp?section=104&article=66798 highlights the benefits of poetry in helping to heal war wounds.

The Real Warriors Message Board invites Veterans and active duty Service Members alike to post their poetry here for all visitors to see.

We lost one

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A Soldier killed himself today on my post.
I didn’t know him personally.
But I feel like I did.
I just took my cardio walk (don’t laugh, I’m in my 30s) and am sitting in my car waiting for the muscle relaxant to kick in before I go home and try not to say something abusive to my spouse.
This isn’t his fault.
This isn’t my fault.
But it feels like it is.

TRICARE Offers 24hr Face-to-Face Video Counseling

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TRICARE recently launched a new Web-based behavioral health demonstration in August 2009 called the TRICARE Assistance Program (TRIAP). The program uses video teleconferencing technology and instant messaging to allow service members and their families access to licensed counselors 24 hours a day from the comfort of their home. Currently, the demonstration is only being conducted in the continental United States.

Fort Hood massacre

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Those affected directly and indirectly by this tragedy are in our thoughts and prayers.

my speech to the DoD Task Force on the Prevention of Suicide

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I am giving this little speech to the DoD Task Force on the Prevention of Suicide by Members of the Armed Forces on 10Nov09

Thanks
emily stehr

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