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Woeful Lack of Military Knowledge Among Mental Health Providers

Pfc. Paige Pendleton/Army

Do you really have to put together a PowerPoint presentation if you want your therapist to understand your military life? It might save time. This week, the RAND Corporation released a new study that demonstrates the woeful lack of understanding mental health providers have about military members, veterans and families they treat. This is no surprise to military families. Spending the first couple of visits to a therapist explaining the freq... more

Support Our Troops

Looking for ways to support and honor U.S. military servicemembers and veterans who protect our security and freedom? In years past, you could wrap up a care package and mail it to "Any Service Member" for the holidays, but with increased mail restrictions, the Pentagon is asking people to help through financial contributions, letter-writing and e-mail, purchasing authorized pre-made care packages, or volunteering time through non-profits. Be... more

10 Lessons Learned With the Heart: Warrior Families at Fisher House

Courtesy of Fisher House

At Fisher House, managers pride themselves on the knowledge that you walk in a stranger and walk out as family. "Our families come from all walks of life and from all over the world," wrote Janet Grampp, manager of the Joint Base Andrews Fisher House in Maryland. "But when they get to Fisher House, they are ONE family. They take care of each other, cook for each other, give each other rides. They are connected." That connection is ... more

Ways to Show You Appreciate Military Families

Plastic flamingos

Love your neighbors? Appreciate all they do? Then maybe you just need to flock 'em. This week, my neighbors woke up to find a flock of plastic flamingos in their front yard. The accompanying sign said, "Congratulations! You've been flocked!" The sign also included some nice words of hope and support. Everyone who passes by has to stop and look. Maybe it is because we don't see that many flamingos in our neck of the woods. Maybe it is be... more

Social Media Provides Community for Isolated MHPs

Must-Have Parent

I have a jawbone on my wrist. Lest you think I'm a mutant or serial killer, my Jawbone is a fitness tracker. I keep it on for everything but bathing and swimming. It tells me how much I move and records my activity. The Jawbone app talks to other apps on my phone, and together they put together a fairly complete picture of what I eat, how much I exercise and the quality and quantity of my sleep. Watch me, please, Big Brother The craz... more

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She Turned Her Grief to Giving. Let Her Inspire You.

Twelve days before Christmas 2011, Kryste Buoniconti had to tell her three children their dad was gone forever. Last week she gave away his old uniforms and other clothing to the homeless in her community. In one of the pockets she put this note: Killed with three other soldiers in a Kiowa training accident at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wa., CW3 ... Continue Reading

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