I was raised on the belief that “if you have to tell someone how good you are, you’re probably not that good.” Go ahead and read that a couple more times and let it soak in. If you are a veteran prone to what I like to call IVS, also known as irritable veteran syndrome, you might […]Read more "The Death of the Quiet Professional"
It is something that is ingrained into our DNA as human beings. It is the biggest driving factor for our actions and all other creatures for that matter. Fear. The emotion is generated in the oldest most primal part of our brain that makes us choose between fight or flight. Unlike animals though we have […]Read more "Fear"
Had the most thought-provoking appointment a while back. It was a TBI appointment that I had waited months to get. I was looking forward to it because even though I have had a fair amount of blast exposure I never thought that it really effected me. If it could explain some of the questions I […]Read more "Food for Thought on the Mind of a War Fighter"
Surrounded by the Capitol that make its very existence necessary, sits the most sacred landmark if this country. There is no monument or museum that can compare to the resting place of so many of our nations warriors. White tombstones dot the rolling hills that silently look over Washington DC like the first hour of snow on […]Read more "Arlington National Cemetary"
August 12, 2006, nine years ago, but I remember it like it was yesterday. I always had a sense of immortality and invincibility and until that day nothing could have proved me wrong. The naïveté of a 20-year-old child on his first deployment. We had been at it for months, and no matter what was thrown at us, we came […]Read more "Lost But Never Forgotten"
For those of you who have served, especially in the infantry, you know that there is a stigma when it comes to the profession of combat. Weak is the only four letter word that someone could call you that could possibly hurt you. The infantry is a profession for hard men who lead hard lives. We […]Read more "Stigma. The ‘Not-So-Silent’ Killer."
So I keep in contact with as many Soldiers that I have served with as I can. The following is my half of a text conversation on preparing for a deployment. I always find myself a little long-winded and preachy when I give advice like this but it made enough of an impression for this […]Read more "Advice on Deployment"