May 24, 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. 


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

February 23, 2016
Our Coast Guard uniforms were identical to the Navy's with the traditional bib and tie and bell bottom pants, except for the Coast Guard shield on our right forearms. After nearly two years of sea duty I earned a spot at the Navy's basic dental technician school in San Diego.
February 11, 2016

It was a high sky, beautiful September 30, Founders Day at the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy. Each year on Founders Day the Coast Guard honored its sister maritime agency by attending the official ceremony and other associated events.

As a senior enlisted member, I drove a stretch van with a capacity of up to 12 people. Along with six more vans, I was in line, awaiting passengers.

February 10, 2016

A Polish-flag mother ship was taking on water in rough seas due east of Fort Henry, Virginia. The Rescue Coordination Center (RCC) in Portsmouth began sorting out and directing resources to locate and assist the stricken vessel. Grinwal, the 556-foot factory vessel with a crew of 31, was listing in twenty-five foot seas. The RCC directed a Coast Guard C-130 aircraft and a NOAA plane to the Grinwal's position. A Coast Guard cutter was ordered to proceed and assist.