July 4th, 20 Veterans a Day Movement

A 2016 Veterans Administration found that 20 veterans a day commit suicide. That is 600 people a month and 7,200 people a year, or a small town. This tragedy needs to be addressed and skills learned in the military applied to civilian uses. Basic Training and Advanced Infantry training cost the taxpayer $73,000. This is [...]

By | July 3rd, 2018|Economics, Politics & War, PTSD, Veterans Affairs|0 Comments

Post Traumatic Distress Disorder and Community

In Judith Herman’s, Trauma and Recovery, page 70, examines the role of community in Post Traumatic Stress Disorder recovery. The principle of sharing the traumatic experience with others is a pre-condition for the restitution of a sense of a meaningful world. In this process, the survivor seeks assistance not only from those closest, but also [...]

By | June 26th, 2018|Economics, Politics & War, PTSD, Veterans Affairs|0 Comments

Moral Injury vs. PTSD

This is a past blog that needs understanding about the many psychological damages of Post Traumatic Distress Disorder, (PTSD). In the New York Times, Sunday Review, page 10, article: “For Veterans, a Path to Healing ‘Moral Injury.’ (https://www.nytimes.com/2017/12/09/opinion/for-veterans-a-path-to-healing-moral-injury.html) examines a different type of injury from Post Traumatic Distress Disorder, Moral Injury. Moral injury occurs when [...]

By | June 24th, 2018|Economics, Politics & War, PTSD, Veterans Affairs|0 Comments

Afghanistan Cease Fire, Re-run Vietnam’s Tet Offensive

In the San Francisco Chronicle, June 18th, 2018, World section, #2 article,” Afghanistan bombing,” (https://www.sfgate.com/world/article/News-of-the-Day-From-Around-the-World-13002275.php) examines how during the three-day religious holiday cease fire, between the U.S. backed Afghan forces and the Taliban (I blogged about last week), ISIS suicide bombers attacked the Taliban in Afghanistan’s city of Jalalabad, killing at least 19,wounding 60 people [...]

By | June 19th, 2018|Economics, Politics & War, PTSD, Veterans Affairs|0 Comments

Assisted-dying Law Reinstated, Freedom Rings!

In the San Francisco Chronicle, June 16, 2018, page one article, “Assisted-dying Law Reinstated,” examines how a group of doctors called the, “Life Legal Defense,” on a procedural objection dripping with self-interest (https://www.sfgate.com/news/article/California-s-assisted-dying-law-blocked-by-judge-12917314.php) persuaded a judge to issue a stay of enforcement, which the Fourth District Court of Appeal reversed. A freedom of choice win [...]

By | June 17th, 2018|Economics, Politics & War, PTSD, Veterans Affairs|0 Comments

Only19 Shopping Days Until July 4th Summer Read.

Only 19 shopping days until July 4th. What better way to celebrate this national holiday by a great summer read. Yep, still pandering my novel, “Curse of the Coloring Book. Be sure and use the term, “novel,” in your search or you will have your choice of: adult cursing coloring books. Here is a review [...]

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

Great Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome Manual

If you have been diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) or find yourself at ends with your emotions following a traumatic experience, this book is an assortment of very short essays (Promise 2-3 pages) describing the symptoms and possible remedies for your dilemma. PTSD never goes away and will haunt you if you try [...]

By | June 13th, 2018|Economics, Politics & War, PTSD, Veterans Affairs|0 Comments

Afghanistan’s Taliban Temporary Cease Fire Offer

In the New York Times, Sunday, June 11, 2018, article, ‘Taliban Offer Brief Lull in Afghan War," International section, page 12, (https://www.nytimes.com/2018/06/09/world/asia/taliban-cease-fire-afghanistan.html) examines the U.S. backed government calling an eight (8) day cease fire for a religious festival; the Taliban agreed to three (3) days. This Taliban offer was preceded by attacks killing 50-70 Afghan [...]

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

Syria’s vs. US. The Middle East Explosion

In the San Francisco Chronicle, June 1, 2018, World section, Syria article, “Assad tells U.S. to leave country; threatens attack,” (https://www.sfgate.com/world/article/Syria-s-Assad-threatens-to-attack-area-under-12958253.php). Now, as a red blooded American, this headline must seem absurd, so lets just examine who are the parties. Syria, President Assad, a recognized despot dictator, a Shiite, backed by Iran and Russia. Assad [...]

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

Memorial Day Thoughts

My Memorial Day Editorial in S.F. Chronicle op-ed, May 28th, 2018, Open Forum, article, “Protect the services for those who served,” (https://www.sfchronicle.com/opinion/openforum/article/Protect-the-services-needed-by-those-who-served-12945191.php?cmpid=gsa-sfgate-result) examines how 20 veterans a day are committing suicide every day or 720 a year. Not great stats for a country relying on an all-volunteer military. My article requests 8 weeks discharge training [...]

By | May 28th, 2018|Economics, Politics & War, PTSD, Veterans Affairs|0 Comments