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June 20, 2016

I had the privilege to explore inside a B-25 which was converted to represent a Marine PBJ Medium Bomber and visit with Jim, a former Army helicopter pilot, who gave me the complete rundown on the WWII era plane. To give readers a historical base, the B model of the Marine Medium Bomber, was the airplane used in the Doolittle Raid. 

June 15, 2016

Coping strategies help us deal with a lot in our lives, not the least of which are our limitations.  We can’t do X, so we cope by doing Y instead to keep moving forward, for example.  While I am usually able to shake things off, there are some experiences that force me to come to grips with my significant limitations, and it’s depressing...     

June 14, 2016

The following blog article is from my website WW2Journeys.com, where I post veteran interviews, research blogs, and information from my travels to WW2 sites. This particular article honors my grandfather's WW2 Journey.

May 25, 2016

I’ve been at war with myself for the past few weeks, ever since I purposefully attended an AUSA (Association of the United States Army) meeting at Camp Mabry to hear Roxana Delgado and Victor Medina present their story.

May 17, 2016

I was having lunch with a colleague when the conversation turned toward the stigma around receiving mental health care. Everyone knows this is the elephant in the room when it comes to needing or wanting mental health services. People want help, but they don’t want to get it because of the concern it will impact their security clearance, job, or how others see them.

May 16, 2016

We study wars in terms of the costs to both sides in people, materials and money.  In general, the “win” goes to the side with the most left after each battle.  A notable exception occurred when Pyrrhus defeated the Romans in 280 BC, even though the toll was so heavy that he lost the war against Rome.  The term “Pyrrhic victory” now refers to any battle that causes even the victor to question the worth of the fight in the first place.  

May 13, 2016

I’m just going to share a tiny tidbit from a recent day in my life when I had to request that a technician come out to service my satellite connectivity. Of course, it was only a matter of his changing a few clicks on the remote; easy schmeesy, right? Well, to him, it was.

May 6, 2016

  During a recent Small Victories Foundation event, I had a good conversation with a therapist friend of mine.  We talked about emotional healing after a traumatic injury.  I don’t think about it often, but it’s true that our emotional healing continues long after our bodies are repaired, or our brain are set in motion for continued healing and coping...

May 5, 2016

I attended the Texas Veterans Commission quarterly meeting yesterday.  The Fund for Veteran Assistance recommendations were voted on and mostly approved.  You can see the list of organizations that will receive grants on the FVA page.

April 29, 2016

Silent Thoughts

Dr. Cristy Gamez-Galka, Houston


April 27, 2016

  “You’re about to hit that car.”  “No, I’ll be fine.”  “OUCH!”…  While in the middle of something, it is difficult for us to see things going on around us.  Conversely, as an outside observer, we have a completely different view of the situation from the person in the middle.Blinders

April 14, 2016

 While playing a game, either as an individual or as part of a team, the good and bad things that happen are rarely isolated.  Events seem to build on themselves during the game, and nothing is completely random. 

 Luck

March 29, 2016

 Writer Mitch Albom once wrote about a conversation with a wise man.  “Timing is everything.  Which is why our sages tell us to repent exactly one day before we die. ‘But how do you know it’s the day before you die?,’ I asked.  He raised his eyebrow. ‘Exactly.’”  Timing and anxiety often go hand-in-hand, and it’s the same reason that anxiety shouldn’t drive our timing.  Or should it?

March 14, 2016

The high profile announcement that the CEO and COO of the Wounded Warrior Program comes with enthusiasm from many Veteran’s charity watchers.  The WWP has been on the receiving end of criticism for some time and an audit revealing the nature of some of their spending was the last straw.  Former Army captain and wounded warrior Anthony Odierno will manage the large charity while new (or possibly old) leadership is sought.  Abuse aside, it is not easy t

February 24, 2016

[Doug O'Connell is a retired colonel who has helped out troops and TexVet many times.  Now retired, he has great advice not only for anyone possibly involved in the G-RAP investigations, but in any interaction with Military Police or CID - pj]

By Doug O’Connell

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