As a young student, I felt conflicted trying to understand why good men suffer. My father, James Kerrigan was a humble, good and God fearing man yet suffered with tuberculosis, seven years in the sanitarium and 13 major operations, dying at age 62! On the other hand, my father was also a dedicated and happy husband, a most cheerful family man, and an extraordinary athlete, notwithstanding his many years of disabilities. Justice should have delivered prosperity to my Dad yet his life was full of adversity.
My father’s most repeated advice to me was that “Michael, it is not… Continue reading
The Greek historian Plutarch once said, “The mind is not a vessel to be filled, but a fire to be kindled”. In other words, your brain is only as powerful as you make it. Often, people complain about the smallest things in life and forget to realize the things they do have. I’ll be the first to admit that I have done it myself. We get so wrapped up into things going on in our lives that we tend to forget how good we have it. For one man, giving up and expecting sorrow has never been an option.
This… Continue reading
First I wish to honor the “Supersurvivors” not only as portrayed in the book but also many others who have triumphed over trauma.Secondly, I wish to thank the authors for taking on this topic so important to so many servicemen, law enforcement officials and those suffering from all types of trauma.Notwithstanding, the many fine stories demonstrating the links between suffering and success, I was disappointed the authors were not more forthcoming about admitting their own not so hidden ideological agenda.In the remainder of this review, I will point out that which I see as the authors’ style as a polemicist… Continue reading
WASHINGTON (June 26, 2014) — In December 2013, the Army Study Program Management Office published “PTSD – Is Mental Armor Possible?” The article discussed the predominance of tragic accounts of post-traumatic stress disorder, known as PTSD, from both the Soldier and civilian communities. PTSD, the reaction to experiencing or witnessing one or more terrible events including combat, rape, physical assault, and national disasters, has been the focus of numerous studies to determine a successful treatment.
The focus of the study for the Army Study Program for fiscal years 2013 and 2014, took a different approach. The basic question examined was,… Continue reading
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