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November 16, 2007

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» 2007.11.17 Politics and National Defense Roundup from Old War Dogs
Quick hits: On PTSD, or more properly, on Coming Home Petraeus Helping Pick New Generals Kerry vows to disprove Swift Boat claims [Dream on, Johnny Boy. Dream on.] Shot trafficker arraigned Drug smuggler of Compean/Ramos fame gets indicted [Read More]

» H&I* Fires, 17 NOV 2007 from Argghhh! The Home Of Two Of Jonah's Military Guys..
Open post for those with something to share, updated through the day. New, complete posts come in below this one. Note: If trackbacking, please acknowledge this post in your post. That's only polite. You're advertising here, we should get... [Read More]

» So There I Was... from The WatchCat
I landed in the esteemed halls of Blackfive...and got smacked in the face with one of those posts that can truly be called "life changing". It was called On PTSD, or more properly, On Coming Home. One of the reasons I allow so much speculation (yes,... [Read More]

» On Coming Home from Confederate Yankee
What you need to know, first and last, is that so-called PTSD is not an illness. It is a normal condition for people who have been through what you have been through. The instinct to kill and war is native... [Read More]

» P.T.S.D. from Delftsman
Grim over at BlackFive has a great post on PTSD that anyone that has a relative/friend/loved one that is having problems post tour of war duty should read. I think that the main point he makes is one that we... [Read More]

» Another invitation to "Come Home" from CatHouse Chat
But this time to those who deal with PTSD: BLACKFIVE: On PTSD, or more properly, on Coming Home. Grim's post is incredible: open, thoughtful, and encouraging.What you need to know, first and last, is that so-called PTSD is not an illness. It is a norma... [Read More]

» On Combat Stress and PTSD from Mitch Lewis
Memories of combat and related involuntary responses also can be scary and uncomfortable, but most people’s minds begin to “heal” on their own in a matter of weeks or months. Chronic PTSD, on the other, can cause quite severe problems for those who exp... [Read More]

» Post Traumatic Stress Disorder from From Chaos to Serendipity
Blackfive has the best description and understanding of it I have ever read. [Read More]

» Sunday Linkfest from The Agitator
Welcome to Lou Dobbs' wet dream: Where infants are literally torn from their mother's breast in order to enforce... [Read More]

» P.T.S.D. and Coming Home from Theodore's World
Grim over at Black Five has a must read on the subject of PTSD. PTSD is not about weakness or strength and this write up is excellent in discussing it. "What you need to know, first and last, is... [Read More]

» P.T.S.D. and Coming Home from Theodore's World
Grim over at Black Five has a must read on the subject of PTSD. PTSD is not about weakness or strength and this write up is excellent in discussing it. [Read More]

» You, me, and PTSD from CDR Salamander
For the record, though it pi55es many off - I am more of the B.G. Burkett school when it comes to PTSD - and nosomuch an angle like this from Argghhh!!! - but as friends I think we can respectfully not-fully-agree on everything. Beyond that, I won't ... [Read More]

» Sunday Evening Bloglines 11.18.2007 from Rosemary's Thoughts
This is a very good article which voters should read. ... I do promote truth, whether or not it hurts. After all, which do you value more? Truth? Politics? With Romney, you have to wonder about both, IMHO. If you truly do stand with Romney, read Greg... [Read More]

» PTSD: On Coming Home, Navigators and Bridge Builders (Updated) from MilBlogs
(in response to some comments about the link between brain injury and PTSD, I have added some links for reading... nothing too onerous. After the jump.) There is some interesting conversation happening around blogs regarding Post Traumatic Stress Disor... [Read More]

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