Helping Mid-Missouri veterans heal the invisible wounds of war

First Healing Circle – 4.17.16

First Healing Circle – 4.17.16

Coming Home – Video

Coming Home – Video

Please watch and enjoy this video from “Warriors’ Journey Home,” which is a veterans’ group founded in Tallmadge, Ohio, by Dr. John Schluep.  Dr. Schleup, author of the book Soul’s Cry, will speak at our veterans retreat the first weekend in March. .

All in the Family

All in the Family

Whatever else we take away from Christal Presley’s memoir, Thirty Days with my Father (Health Communications, 2016), it is this: The invisible wounds of war are not contained to those originally traumatized; the ones closest to the afflicted become afflicted themselves, humming the the original song. Presley is the daughter of a Vietnam Vet who […]

Building Resilience … the Hard ...

Building Resilience … the Hard Way

Talk to Eric Greitens about resilience and what it takes to build it. The Navy Seal who spent three tours in Iraq, completed a Ph.D at Oxford, teaches at Washington University in St. Louis and the Truman school at the University of Missouri has some helpful hints, all garnered through experience. He may tell you […]

What is Resilience and can you cultiv...

What is Resilience and can you cultivate it?

I Just finished reading Dr. Kate Hendricks Thomas’ Brave, Strong, True (Innovo Publishing, 2015). Thomas served as a Marine at the rank of Captain and deployed to Iraq in 2005. She personally experienced all of the difficulties that surround military culture, including mental health and relational challenges. Following a change of direction in her personal […]

The Holidays are Wonderful and Deadly

The Holidays are Wonderful and Deadly

Remember … the holidays can be meaningful and memorable and beautiful, but … for many they represent greater sadness, regret and emptiness. Many people experience increased depression this time of year simply because of the marked contrast between what the culture presents as a time of joy when they experience its opposite. This cruel contrast […]

West Virginia Tribute to Armed Forces

West Virginia Tribute to Armed Forces

David Hammer thought this was an interesting tribute to our Armed Forces, and we couldn’t agree more! Check out this cool video below:  

The Many Faces of Thanksgiving

The Many Faces of Thanksgiving

Right now, on the eve of Thanksgiving, somewhere, there is … a man or woman wearing the uniform far from home, separated from family, and in some cases experiencing deprivation, danger and hardship. the spouse a deployed service member celebrating Thanksgiving without their loved one. They may be living at the poverty level, subsisting on […]

What Veterans’ Day Means to Me

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Written by David Hammer   It’s hard for me to believe that Veterans’ Day, 2015, is the 51st Veterans’ Day since I was sworn into the U.S. Naval Academy in 1964. That was less than a year after the assassination of President Kennedy and just a few weeks before Viet Nam became a mainstay in […]

It used to be called Armistice Day

It used to be called Armistice Day

On the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month in 1918 World War I ended. One year later President Woodrow Wilson declared the day Armistice Day and it remained that way until 1954 when Congress renamed it Veterans’ Day. They are two very different meanings. The Armistice marked the arrival of peace, […]