May 20, 2013
As a result, the rigid military system of "good order and discipline" quite naturally responds to such medical symptoms of severe injuries in an adversarial mode of disciplining misconduct long before it recognizes the underlying injuries. By that time, the credibility of the chain-of-command is in play! Charges have often been pressed against the injured troops, and prosecutors and referring officers and NCO's are exceptionally reticent to "back down," even in light of compelling medical evidence and a never-ending series of "sensitivity training" programs.
April 8, 2013
Most anglers don’t think a lot about strokes when we think about first aid preparedness during fishing trips, but we should. People with high blood pressure, diabetes, heart disease, or who are significantly overweight ALL have a heightened risk of stroke; and that just described…in at least one way…the overwhelming majority of American anglers. Strokes […]
April 7, 2013
Jon Stewart commentary of the VA Backlog is actually spot on. Why is it that HE…never held public office, never served in the Armed Forces, and has never worked for a veterans organization…gets it, but NO ONE in government does? Don’t kid yourselves! They get it, too. They just don’t give a damn, and the […]
April 1, 2013
Fishing Therapy In other places, some veterans are taking up fishing to ease the symptoms of PTSD. Piscatorial therapy, meaning “related to fishing,” suggests there are health benefits to fishing. Further research is needed, but findings from the University of Southern Maine, University of Utah and the Salt Lake City Veterans Affairs medical center showed significant […]
March 26, 2013
[Letter from Certified Adaptive Fly Fishing Practitioner, Jeff W. Loftin to a reporter from The Sporting Journal] Fishing presents a unique opportunity…people can practice hope. Very few sports have this quality. You hope to have a good day on the water. You hope you select the right fly. You hope every time you change flies. You hope to get bit on EVERY drift. To master any skill one must practice. HOPE IS NO DIFFERENT!!! Along with water, gentle currents, and ease of casting, this makes fly fishing truly a recuperative sport with few equals. Folks “shut in” by physical or mental disabilities need to get out and “learn to lean forward into life again.” Taking them out to show them a good time, for a day or two, wasn’t good enough...
February 4, 2013
A colleague recently wrote of war veterans on his blog that "we owe much to those guys." We don't owe much to "those guys." We are the product of "those guys" past and will become the product of "those guys" present. We owe EVERYTHING to "those guys."
December 30, 2012
Everything on the battlefield is amplified by the always present threat of being maimed or killed. Going to the bathroom, eating breakfast, and taking a shower become important. Hell - drinking water becomes a matter of life or death in the here and now! As a warrior, you live like this 24/7/365.
October 25, 2012
When I made the trip down to Apollo Beach, Florida, last week to fish in the Battle of the Bay Kayak Fishing Championships tournament I had no idea that I would also get the opportunity to participate in the opening event of the Celebrity Grand Slam Charity Fishing Tournament in St. Petersburg. But Capt. Joel […]
September 2, 2012
Study Confirms Military’s Widespread Use of MMA-Based Training Techniques Likely Source of Brain Injuries « the military suicide report. This was a big part of what happened to me which resulted in my Organic Brain Disorder (TBI). �Nobody knew the risks back in those days, as we read in this article where the study is […]