The Huffington Post
By Alena Hall
Posted: 07/08/2014 7:39 am EDT | Updated: 07/08/2014 7:59 am EDT
Humans have a remarkable capacity for resilience. Over and over, we hear stories of people who, after trauma and adversity, pick themselves up, put the pieces back together, and go on with their lives.
But for many, there’s a place beyond recovery. For this group, life’s most difficult experiences prompt them not only to bounce back, but to bounce forward. These are the people who David B. Feldman and Lee Daniel Kravetz spotlight in their new book, Supersurvivors: The Surprising Link Between Suffering and Success… Continue reading
To dream the impossible dream
To fight the unbeatable foe
To bear with unbearable sorrow
And to run where
the brave dare not go
To right the unrightable wrong
And to love pure and chaste from afar
To try when your arms are too weary
To reach the unreachable star
This is my quest
To follow that star
No matter how hopeless
No matter how far
To fight for the right
Without question or pause
To be willing to march,
march into hell
For that heavenly cause
And I know
If I’ll only be true
To this glorious quest
That… Continue reading
Emmy and I were invited to an event in a couple weeks ago put on by Task Force Dagger. The event was held in Key West, FL and was aimed to certify wounded/ injured/ ill service members in scuba diving. It was a very therapeutic event for me and in fact while diving was, without a doubt, the most “Pain Free” I’ve been in the last two years. I wish TF Dagger the best and hope they continue to help service members and their families as much as they helped us.
However, during the 8 day trip there was… Continue reading
Mark Lee Greenblatt asks and answers the right questions, such as explaining performance in combat by telling true stories of brave Americans. In my opinion, Greenblatt’s research is on solid ground not only by citing the work of the ancients like Plato and Aristotle but also was guided by the more contemporary work of Mike Matthews, a prominent military psychologist at West Point. Matthews recent book Head Strong provides a psychological construct to performance in combat and an insightful presentation for enhancing military leadership.
As to the answers of functioning well in life-threatening environment like combat, the author of… Continue reading
By Daniel P. Crandall
Chair, PTG Sports Caucus
Despite what some Congressional Staffers may say, there is significant evidence supporting sports and physical activity as a path toward Post Traumatic Growth (PTG). A Psychology of Sport and Exercise review of studies notes that there are “… several reasons to believe that sport and physical activity might influence the well-being of combat veterans seeking support for …” Post Traumatic Stress Injuries and wounded warriors who have crossed “… the border from able-bodied to disabled as a result of war.” At least one study, however, questions the long term… Continue reading
Veterans struggle in aftermath of recent wars, but friendship and structures of faith help the process of healing
Post-traumatic stress. Amputations and brain injuries. High suicide rates. Can any good news come out of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars?
The effects of our recent military engagements in the Middle East are long-lasting. Though today’s veterans come home to a friendlier reception than their Vietnam-era forebears had, thousands of men and women who served in Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom carry scars physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual that are deep and abiding.
Will they recover? Can they… Continue reading
By Daniel P. Crandall
Chair, PTG Sports Caucus
When the issue is helping wounded warriors, be they veterans or active duty personnel, no solution should be off the table. A recent difference between Admiral William McRaven, leader of the Special Operations Command (SOCOM), and the House Armed Services Committee, unfortunately, is not following this truism. Adm. McRaven sought funding for what might be considered a ‘both/and’ approach to minimize the symptoms of Post Traumatic Stress Injuries (PTSI—a designation many prefer over the more commonly known PTSD diagnosis). Legislators, however, declared there is only one method to help veterans at… Continue reading
The Source to recovery: S.R.C. = Strength. Resilience. Courage.
- Steve Baskis
I am writing this for the first time and these are my own opinions and thoughts. I do not feel that I have any answers, but only life experience and challenges that have influenced my recovery from a traumatic injury. All that I ask from the reader is to have an open mind and the ability to see things from a different perspective.
Over the years since my injury a question has come to mind, “Why haven’t I given up on life?” Even better, “Why has life… Continue reading
Thank you Lt. Chris Pinkerton for today’s WSJ article… “Duty and Pity.” You have your finger an a most important issue…”there is something unsettling about the way we so often choose to think about those who served.” Your comments putting the scale of so called PTSD (I prefer the term PTSI) has indeed played out in our national dialogue and says a lot about the sad state of our culture that choose to pity rather than respect hose who have served in uniform. There are not only far too many “ticking time bomb” articles but also “ticking time bomb”… Continue reading
Navy SEAL Commander Tells Students To Make Their Beds Every Morning In Incredible Commencement Speech
I have been a Navy SEAL for 36 years. But it all began when I left UT for Basic SEAL training in Coronado, California.
Basic SEAL training is six months of long torturous runs in the soft sand, midnight swims in the cold water off San Diego, obstacles courses, unending calisthenics, days without sleep and always being cold, wet and miserable.
It is six months of being constantly harassed by professionally trained warriors who seek to find the weak of mind and body and eliminate them from ever becoming a Navy SEAL.
But, the training also seeks to… Continue reading