May 2015

Medal of Honor recipient: “Let it out”

by Lance Cpl. Harley Thomas MARINE CORPS BASE HAWAII — On May 1, 1968, while suffering from shrapnel wounds incurred while relocating his unit under heavy artillery fire the previous day, Capt. Jay R. Vargas,…


A dragon to slay


Chicago ruck march held in honor of struggling Veterans

by Sgt. 1st Class Michel Sauret CHICAGO – For thousands of military veterans each year, the struggles of life might feel like a lonesome march to nowhere. An estimated 22 veterans take their own lives…


Whatever makes you crazy…


Therapy through filmmaking

by Sgt. Sinthia Rosario 5th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD, Wash. – Service members are using filmmaking to bring to life their internal turmoils and struggles they face as part of the challenges…


Grunt Style: The Spartan Pledge


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Dr. Jonathan Shay touts importance of the arts in veteran healing

Jonathan Shay is a world reknown psychiatrist and author of several books on combat trauma. Last Wednesday night he spoke at the University of Maine, where he gave a keynote speech entitled “Combat Trauma and the Trials…


Lower suicide rates among vets who use VHA services

BLUF: A recent study suggests that veterans who use the services of the Veterans Health Administration are less likely to commit suicide. I almost thought this might be propaganda for the VA. Like, if we put out that…


Music inspires, music heals