Veteran Organizations: Please Stop Separating and Dividing Us Because All Veterans Matter

As I sit here today writing this post, my head is pounding, I can’t think straight, and my mind is spinning with the many reasons why what happened today is so wrong. Both my husband and I are veterans. Both of us have Post Traumatic Stress. We applied to the Catch-A-Lift organization for some assistance … More Veteran Organizations: Please Stop Separating and Dividing Us Because All Veterans Matter

VA New England Summer Sports Clinic 2016, Providence, Rhode Island

This past week my husband (also a veteran) and I attended the VA New England Summer Sports Clinic hosted by the VA Boston Healthcare System. The event was held in Providence, Rhode Island. Although we were not sure what to expect, we were willing to give it a try because the event featured sporting activities. … More VA New England Summer Sports Clinic 2016, Providence, Rhode Island

An Open Letter to the Senate and House of Representatives in Support of the Military Justice Improvement Act

Dear Senator/Representative, We are asking that Congress ensure that the military give soldiers the same constitutional rights you would have in a civilian court of law. We want professional investigators, not Commanders, investigating felony crimes. We want prosecutors, not military Commanders to make the decision whether we have the evidence to go to court. We … More An Open Letter to the Senate and House of Representatives in Support of the Military Justice Improvement Act

My First Teal Ribbon 5K for Sexual Assault Awareness Month

My husband and I participated in our second 5K this spring. The first one we did was last fall for the Dempsey Center who raises awareness and funds for those who have cancer, a deadly disease most of us have come in contact with at some point in our lives. I chose to do the Dempsey … More My First Teal Ribbon 5K for Sexual Assault Awareness Month

Our Unique Boston Cycling Experience with Urban AdvenTours

After Soldier Ride Tampa, I attended a three day physical health and wellness expo with Wounded Warrior Project in Massachusetts. On the second day we went for a bicycle ride with Urban AdvenTours in Boston. After just returning home from a cycle ride, I was excited that we were going for another one. I fell … More Our Unique Boston Cycling Experience with Urban AdvenTours

Soldier Ride Tampa Inspired Me to Start Cycling for Physical & Mental Health

Soldier Ride Tampa (Florida) was incredible. I had a lot of anxiety about signing up for this program but thanks to some coaxing from some female veteran friends I got up the courage to give it a try. Initially I had planned to go to Soldier Ride with a female veteran friend from every branch of service … More Soldier Ride Tampa Inspired Me to Start Cycling for Physical & Mental Health

Sailboating in Tampa Bay with the St. Petersburg Sailing Center in Florida

I’ve done a lot of firsts this past couple years and I added one more to the list this past week. I went sailing for the first time ever and even took the helm of the sailboat for quite a ways. What went from being completely uninterested in pursuing this particular hobby in the future … More Sailboating in Tampa Bay with the St. Petersburg Sailing Center in Florida

Paying It Forward Thanks to Army Specialist Suzanne Swift

The first time I ever heard the term military sexual trauma was when I was living with my future husband in Olympia, Washington in 2006. He was active duty Air Force stationed at McChord Air Force Base. I was a traditional National Guardsman. I had just transferred from a combat communications squadron in 2005 to a … More Paying It Forward Thanks to Army Specialist Suzanne Swift

Treating Post Traumatic Stress in Early Stages Prevents a Life Long Disabling Condition

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder: a condition of persistent mental and emotional stress occurring as a result of injury or severe psychological shock, typically involving disturbance of sleep and constant vivid recall of the experience, with dulled responses to others and to the outside world. Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) has baffled my mind since first … More Treating Post Traumatic Stress in Early Stages Prevents a Life Long Disabling Condition