The January 15 edition of Warrior Connection was a discussion with Cherise March, Durham North Carolina Va - Director of VA's "Writing to Wellness" program and the Va's PEER to PEER program. These are two extremely valuable and successful programs.
The December 18th edition of Warrior Connection was a discussion on how to get through the holiday season's unique impact on the military family. Topics included separation., loneliness, and memory triggers that can affect current and retired warriors and their families. The key is trying to maintain traditions and shared love even when warriors are deployed or memories flood back. Pastor Bob Shaw emphasized when and where to get help. We were very happy to have Chris Weise current OIF Army veteran join us with his perspective from the new group of warriors. Next week's Warrior Connection Christmas evening broadcast will be reading and discussing the Christmas story from Luke etc.
The December 11 edition of Warrior Connection was a discussion and review of events and implications of in dedication to Pearl Harbor attack on December 7 1941.
The Nov 27 edition of Warrior Connection was a about poetry, love, stories, and "good old times" with Bonnie Rokke Tinnes of Bemidji, Mjnneota.. Bonnie is a published poet and author of "Growing Up Maragret" series that is about a young girl in 1950's- 1060's Northern Minnesota. Given Bob Dylan was awarded the Nobel prize we will be doing a follow up- second program with Duluth's (Minnesota) Dylan Fest folks.
The October 30 edition of Warrior as an in depth discussion about the following (attached) VA clinician's guide for medical care on Gulf War Illness issues
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.