• blog
    Mon, 21 Mar 2016
    blogOn PTSD

    My husband has PTSD and I have my husband. I would like to say that PTSD doesn’t play a large role in our lives and in our relationship, but it does. It is the subject of many a late-night, anxiety-induced conversation. It is a heightened sense of awareness, the split-second reaction to a backfiring car, my husband’s hands... more...

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    Tue, 23 Feb 2016
    blogOn Ability

    I never liked the term disabled. Every time I write it, or speak it aloud, I cringe a little. Dis, a prefix of Latin origin, means apart, asunder, or away; its implication is negative and oppositional. Therefore, to be disabled is to be the opposite of abled, which is to say the opposite of normal. This function of language creates a... more...

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    Fri, 5 Feb 2016
    blogOn Perception

    What does a veteran look like? The last class I took for my MSW was called “Social Work With Military Members and Their Families.” It was a summer class. There were slim pickings for electives, and some students landed in the class because it was the only option that fit into their schedule. One gentleman in particular... more...

  • blog
    Thu, 21 Jan 2016
    blogOn Adversity

    When you picture a veteran, what do they look like? The media often presents two distinct images of veterans. To begin, they are strong, patriotic warriors, standing tall in their crisp uniforms, marching in perfect unison. Then, outside of uniform, they are broken. They wait in line at the VA. They are missing limbs, fighting a war in... more...

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    Fri, 8 Jan 2016
    blogOn Diversity

    When you picture a veteran, what do they look like? Do they look like this gentleman, who happens to pop up first when you type “veteran” into a google image search?     What about this image, depicting a Vietnam veteran embracing a young marine?     Or does he look more like this... more...

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    Thu, 3 Dec 2015
    blogWhat does it mean to serve?

    My husband and I spent three years stationed at Fort Polk. If you’ve ever been to Fort Polk you’ll understand why we traveled, far away, as often as possible. Weekends and vacations brought us to New Orleans, Houston, Austin, and home to New York. On these breaks we eagerly slipped back into the normal life our peers lived,... more...