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With Thanksgiving only a few days away and Christmas right around the corner, I'd like to dedicate the following poem to the brave men and women who won't be home for Christmas, but are instead ensuring that we here at home have a happy, safe holiday season. The author of this poem is unknown. Some say it was written by a Marine while stationed in Okinawa, Japan some years ago, but the sentiment is applicable for any time period and any war currently being fought:



Ministry helping those with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Traumatic Brain Injury and intervention for those considering Suicide. Share this resource:


I woud like to take a moment to extend my sincere condolences and to offer these words of comfort to every family member (especially every mother) who lost a loved one as a result of the recent helicopter bombing and crash in Afghanistan. My prayer for each of you is that in the midst of your grief, God's comfort will surface and provide a balm of healing to your broken hearts.

When God permits suffering, He also provides comfort. Only in the mercy of God can we find comfort for our pain and peace for our troubled hearts. (Bill Crowder, Our Daily Bread, Sept. 2011)

Families Separated by War - "Togetherness In Our Apartness"

Picture in your mind’s eye, a 4 year old blond-haired, blue-eyed little
girl. Her blonde hair she got from her Mommy and her blue eyes from her
Daddy. Her hair is usually in Pony Tails, because that’s her Daddy’s
favorite way that she wears it.
Bedtime has always been a very special time for her and her Daddy. It
was her“Daddy Time” and his “Baby Girl Time”. It was time set aside
just for the two of them.
Every night, her Daddy would put her to bed, tuck her in and read her a

thoughts on a son returning from war

I’d like to share this video story of the beginning of my son’s journey home after two long deployments in Iraq’s Triangle of Death. Here’s the YouTube link:

It’s a true story that also offers hope. And I think it’s one that many military families can relate to. If you think so too, please feel free to share it in any way you feel appropriate.

The National Alliance on Mental Illness is here for you

To All Soldiers, We at NAMI the National Alliance on Mental Illness want you to know that we are having a symposium in Smyrna Tennessee on June 7th and 8th. We want to help all our military families with the issues of mental illness and give you a safe and confidental place to get educated, feel supported and learn advocacy tools. Our symposium will have a strong focus on our National Guard units. On June 8th we will be having a job fair as part of the support NAMI wants to offer all military.

Treatment for Veterans with PTSD

Many Veterans are coming back from Afghanistan and Iraq with posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). PTSD makes it much harder to readjust to Stateside life. PTSD is a treatable condition, and the best available treatments are talking therapies. We know that social supports and medical coverage is particularly weak for the National Guard and Reserve. We are pleased to be able to offer Veterans in the greater New York City area no-cost treatment with 14 weeks of a psychotherapy in a research study at Columbia University/New York State Psychiatric Institute.

Service Member Resilience

Greetings! I am studying service member resilience for my doctoral dissertation and my hope is that this can be an important contribution to our knowledge of service member resilience. I appreciate any help in spreading the word or, for those who are eligible, participating. More information is below. Sincere thanks! - Catherine


Traumatic Brain Injury and Concussion Study

Saint Louis University is currently seeking military veterans to participate in the following research study:

Saint Louis University Advanced Neurosurgical Innovation Center (SANIC) is currently conducting research to determine whether the brains of persons with and without concussion and traumatic brain injury differ in a meaningful way when viewed with state-of-the-art brain imaging.

Demons' of War are Persistent [I hope my story helps}

The Demons’ of War are Persistent
My name is Schade: I am a Veteran with PTSD


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