VA article – San Diego VA studying CBD for PTSD treatment. (NBC article)

Link to article I will say I think the summary given by Carnivale is a great jumping off point for all discussions of treatment for PTSD. If you have never experienced it, you can simply have no idea. The symptoms, as well as their progenitor, can only be experienced. PTSD is not a new article …

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A conversation with an officer regarding the culture of combat soldiers during our deployment in 2006 – 2007

Foreword: The following was a conversation I had with a former officer from my unit when I deployed for Iraq during Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2006 - 2007. I had respect for this officer, he had suggested that I should become an officer early in my career. This was not a path that I took, …

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Notes for ProfCJ’s Dangerous History Podcast. Episode 1.

Here is the link to my first interview on The Dangerous History Podcast. Below are my notes on the podcast. They are an outline, so the context is lost, without hearing the episode. I am posting this for anyone interested in the sources I utilized as well as the many statistics I quote in the …

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The First Grader. A cinematic review of the aftermath of the Mau Mau.

This is a college assignment I had in 2016. I usually remove all my interaction conversations from other students because only my side is being recorded. However, with the story of The First Grader, I had really strong opinions about the question as to whether Maruge was justified in taking a spot from a child to …

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An angry message to the VA and the usual response.

Authors note I will turn this into a section of a multipart story, for right now though I was so blown away by the response of the VA personnel. I think it is important to have an understanding of this long-standing situation, otherwise, I just look like a psycho with an angry late-night message, which …

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My letter to California Senator Kamala Harris into my continuing VA problems. November 2017. (Updated October 2018)

As of Feburary 21, 2019 no response has ever been sent by the Senators office. I think I might try it again, just another example of a tangable problem.   Sen. Harris, I joined the Army out of California in 2005. This was right after my high school graduation and a little over a year …

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My wife’s letter to the VA in Missouri circa 2015.

The following letter is from my wife to the Patient Advocate for the Columbia Missouri VA health care system. The response we would receive from this letter is that we need to just deal with the nurse because there is no one else to take her place. I was told that she was "rough," to …

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Inside the Vultures Nest – As the helicopter gently crashes.

I have had to deal with almost being killed in flight several times. One of the problems with a particular helicopter was that a mechanic did not install any of the fasteners on many of the flight controls on the UH-60. Now they have redundancies, I know that. But someone who fails to do their …

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This Jarring Photo Series Captures What PTSD Really Looks Like. [Buzzfeed link]

This is just as impactful to me now as it was back when I first saw it. The one that is the worst for me is the divorcing couple. They know the problems with PTSD, but they simply cannot take it. I do not believe it is possible to understand the trials and pain that …

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