Best New Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Movies

I was a combat platoon leader in Vietnam with two Bronze Stars, one for valor in ground combat, and diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) in 2011. How Hollywood depicts returning combat veterans is helpful for a civilian to understand the psychological effects of combat on the human mind. My movie choices are: 1. [...]

By | February 7th, 2019|Economics, Politics & War, PTSD, Veterans Affairs|0 Comments

Vietnam 1970 equals Afghansitan 2019

In the New York Times, Sunday Review section, page 9, article: “Is This the Right Way to End a War?, ( https://www.nytimes.com/2019/02/02/sunday-review/war-vietnam-afghanistan-withdrawal.html) examines the similarities between 1970’s Vietnam and Afghanistan peace talks with the Taliban going on today. Many experts also see lessons from Vietnam for the American experience in Afghanistan expressed in terms: you’ve [...]

By | February 5th, 2019|Economics, Politics & War, PTSD, Veterans Affairs|0 Comments

Something Novel for Valentines Day

Try something novel for Valentines Day for your sweetheart. How about, "Curse of the Coloring Book," a novel, in addition to the usual flowers and candy. Be sure, if you using Amazon, to plug in "Curse of the Coloring Book," a novel or you will be directed to adult cursing coloring books! Check out the [...]

By | January 29th, 2019|Economics, Politics & War, PTSD, Veterans Affairs|0 Comments

Afghanistan Farewell, Good Heroin Riddance

  In the Sunday, New York Times, January 27th 2019, front page, article: “Truce after 17 Years of Afghan War,” (https://www.nytimes.com/2019/01/28/world/asia/taliban-peace-deal-afghanistan.html?act) examines how after 17 years, the negotiation with the Taliban is bearing fruit. Happy to hear that my suggestion of years ago: cut a deal with the Taliban to not harbor religious fanatics who [...]

By | January 28th, 2019|Economics, Politics & War, PTSD, Veterans Affairs|0 Comments

Proposal to Privatize Veterans Administration Flawed

In the Sunday front page article, “V.A. To Propose Shifting Billions into Private Care,” (https://www.nytimes.com/2019/01/12/us/politics/veterans-administration-health-care-privatization.html) is an attempt to privatize veterans care in areas not fully served by the VA. At first glimpse, allowing private physicians to see veterans, where they are under-served, is an easy fix. For injuries that are purely physical in nature, [...]

By | January 14th, 2019|Economics, Politics & War, PTSD, Veterans Affairs|0 Comments

Tragic Article about Afghanistan’s 17 year war.

In the New York Times Magazine section, page 29, Sunday, August 12, 2018, article: “War without End,” examines the demoralization of 17 years of war on U.S. combat soldiers objecting to the length of the conflict and how it is being fought (https://www.nytimes.com/2018/08/08/magazine/war-afghanistan-iraq-soldiers.html). The most haunting picture is of a U.S. soldier on patrol the [...]

By | August 15th, 2018|Economics, Politics & War, PTSD, Veterans Affairs|0 Comments

Take a “Curse,” for Summer Vacation Read

The following is an Amazon review: "So many of us, as we finished college undisturbed by service in the military, could not get our high school friends to talk about their experiences in Vietnam. Instead, they suffered alone, giving us only a glimpse of the personal story of war, or maybe their shrapnel wounds. Neither [...]

By | August 11th, 2018|Economics, Politics & War, PTSD, Veterans Affairs|0 Comments

Afghanistan: Good News!

In the San Francisco Chronicle, August 2, 2018, article: “Islamic State surrenders after rout by Taliban,” (https://www.sfgate.com/world/article/Taliban-surge-routs-Islamic-State-in-northern-13123963.php) examines how the Taliban have routed ISIS in Northern Afghanistan. Last week, I blogged about the Taliban entered negotiations with a U.S. representative, something ISIS would never entertain. Could this be the door to finishing the 17 years [...]

By | August 4th, 2018|Economics, Politics & War, PTSD, Veterans Affairs|0 Comments

Afghanistan, Time to Go or Negotiate?

In the New York Times, July 29, 2018 article: “New Tactic in Afghanistan Urges Retreat,” (https://www.nytimes.com/2018/07/28/world/asia/trump-afghanistan-strategy-retreat.html) examines U.S armed forces being centralized in the heaviest population centers, the cities. The purpose is to protect military forces from attacks at isolated and vulnerable outposts, focusing on protecting cities and other populated areas. Does anyone remember Vietnam, [...]

By | August 1st, 2018|Economics, Politics & War, PTSD, Veterans Affairs|0 Comments

Need a Vacation Novel, this, “Curse,” is for you.

Need a fast page turner for vacation, this is it. The following quotes an Amazon review of my novel, "Curse of the Coloring Book: "This book is a page-turner that reads like suspenseful fiction--but in the end it informs the reader about the true nature of war and the realities of being a soldier that [...]

By | July 30th, 2018|Economics, Politics & War, PTSD, Veterans Affairs|0 Comments