The October 1 edition of Warrior Connection was a discussion with former USMC Drill Sgt Tim Boone about the use of writing to alleviate PTSD and to help vets thrive. We read and discussed one of his insightful writings. Tim was in Lebanon when the USMC barracks was blown up and then led marines into Kuwait for Desert Storm. Simply Tim has been there - done that- got the t-shirt!
The September 25 edition of Warrior Connection was a discussion with Alanna Hartzog- Psych therapist about healing the heart- mind- soul following moral injury.
The September 18 edition of Warrior Connection as a discussion with retired US Marine captain Roy Fish on using carpentry to help vets heal and to thrive. www.triplehcarpenry.com
Triple H Carpentry (Healing, Helping, Honoring) was founded by a Combat Veteran on a mission to provide a conduit of healing for other Combat Veterans suffering from PTSD and other combat trauma related illnesses. The healing conduit being woodworking, we provide a wide range of originally designed wood products. Additionally, the Company’s corps values include a mandate to help those in need through donating time and material to build furniture for families in need and to honor heroes by burning the names of fallen service members into each piece of furniture we build.
This model brought about by the Grace of God as Roy made very clear is extraordinary in it's vision and success. It brought Roy and now others from "the brink" back into thriving.
The edition of Warrior Connection was a discussion about the health effects and effects on learning of pesticide and other toxic compound exposures with Dr / Professor Ann Lopez.
Known and suspected previous and current pesticides hazards and haz mat issues are affecting tens of thousands of military and civilians and dependents across our nation and wherever US military operations were conducted and are still being conducted. The Former Chanute AFB in Rantoul, Illinois is a prime example of continuing exposures. (civilianexposure.org) that are ignored. Just like military personnel farmworkers who are exposed without adequate protection along with proper hygiene when they come in from the fields and wash their body and clothes spreading pesticide residues all over creation. Household use of pesticides is also a significant problem. We also have possible cross contamination exposure issues for residents eating pesticide laden food products. The known and suspected exposures and synergistic combinations can and probably do have a significant effect of student learning and behavior as the medical literature and first hand experience indicate. Genetic transfer through generations is also a significant problem. we also have extensive use of pesticides applied to adults and children and pets without any concern for immediate and long term health effects.
Professor:Lopez's book 'THE FARMWOERKER'S JOURNEY" details many of these ignored problems.
The August 21st edition of Warrior Connection was a discussion About the effects of military deployments and operations on children and family. We also read two new poems about war written by Jared Worley, USAF veteran, and published in SITREP: VETERAN PERSPECTIVES ON WAR AND PEACE, Western Illinois University 2016.
The August 14 the Warrior Connection was a discussion about alcohol and drug abuse and how the avoid it with Robert B. Shaw, D.Min., M.A., LPC, NBCC, BCPCC, BCPC
Associate Director of International Board of Christian Care (IBCC) &
Christian Care Network (CCN) , American Association of Christian Counselors, 129 Vista Centre Drive, Suite B , Forest, VA 24551
Before the crash- SUICIDE: AN EMAIL FROM SSG PAUL LYONS
I have had the privilege to have co-hosted With Doug Rokke And Denise Nichols (WARRIOR CONNECTION) on Gary Nulls Radio Station, known as "The Progressive Radio Network", out of New York City, regarding the various exposures that occurred during Desert Storm, whether they be concerning Depleted Uranium, Biological Warfare, and Chemical exposures; not to mention experimental shots with records of them being given as well as Nerve Agent pre-Treatment pills that we were ordered to take, that occurred during Operation Desert Storm. I and well over 275K Troops are said to be on the Gulf War Registry. I have also been exposed...I have two post war Children who are also sick, including my wife. How's that for a "Welcome Home Party"? The VA and DOD Need to Restart their Children and Spouse Health Registry and get with program! We didn't ask for this and I DAMN sure wouldn't have intentionally exposed my Wife and now my sick post Gulf War Children, had I known that the birth defects and Illnesses were transmittable...This has been a NIGHTMARE for my wife and I. Someone In The Federal Government needs To Pick up the dropped ball and GET WITH THE PROGRAM!! We Also Need New Congressional Hearing's, from somebody in Congress with the backbone and fortitude of Former US Senator Donald Riegle, (R) Who saw the problem back in the early 1990's and held hearings, trying to get to the TRUTH of Gulf WAR Illnesses and now we have possible OIF exposures as well. This Government needs to settle this most important issue once and for all....If our current CBRN, also known as NBC gear is faulty, then let's fix the problem...WE know it there are GAPS, so let's FIX IT!!
The July 3rd Edition of Warrior Connection was a continuation of our discussion with Dr. Bob Shaw. We discussed dealing with daily and never ending VA failures that cause physiological and psychological harm INSTEAD OF HELPING, coming home, the healing effects and pain generated by The WALL, making choices, thriving through education, and the role of forgiveness. Denise gave a brief update on DC actions, events,- and her meeting with Va's Dr Clancy.
Bob Shaw, Associate Director of International Board of Christian Care (IBCC)
Christian Care Network (CCN), American Association of Christian Counselors
129 Vista Centre Drive, Suite B
Forest, VA 24551 (tel. - 800-526-8673 fax - 434-525-9480)
The June 19th edition of Warrior Connection was a discussion with Alanna Hertzog on our relationship with the earth. Alanna is Administrative Director and a United Nations Non-Governmental Representative for the International Union for Land Value Taxation. She is also Co-Director of Earth Rights Institute and International Liason for the Robert Schalkenbach Foundation. She is a recipient of the International Earth Day Award from the Earth Society Foundation.
Her book – The Earth Belongs to Everyone - received the Radical Middle Book Award. Chapters include: Democracy, Earth Rights and the Next Economy; Sharing Our Common Heritage; Land for People, Not for Profit; Financing Local to Global Public Goods; Women, Earth and Economic Power; Restructuring Economic Relationships; and Economics of War and Peace.
In 2014 she was the Democratic Party candidate for Congress in Pennsylvania’s 9th District and for the Green Party in 2001. Her E.F. Schumacher Lecture was published as Democracy, Earth Rights and the Next Economy.