Part One Post Traumatic Stress Disorder: My Story

 There are currently over eight million adults who struggle with PTSD every year nationwide. According to the Department of Veterans Affairs, roughly 20 veterans a day commit suicide. Post traumatic stress disorder, commonly known as PTSD, is a clinically diagnosed psychiatric disorder that can occur in people who have experienced or witnessed a traumatic event.…

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Part Three Post Traumatic Stress Disorder: Survival and Resources

I can’t sleep.My heart is racing.I can’t sit in public without my back to a wall.Large crowds make me anxious.I hate lines.Loud noises can make me jump.Trash in or on the side of the road makes me tense.These were my PTSD symptoms.The symptoms, stressors, triggers and anxiety I had. That’s right.  I said, “HAD.” Now, I can’t…

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Part Two Post Traumatic Stress Disorder: Ozzie Martinez Story

Ozzie Martinez, a marine combat veteran, struggled deeply with PTSD after two deployments to Iraq. In Ozzie’s inspirational story, he emphasizes not only the importance of a positive mindset, but how to use that mindset to pick yourself back up, even when you’ve hit rock bottom. His family fled communist Cuba before he was born,…

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Without Giving Way: Celebrating the life of Chris Kyle

“Let’s be real for just a second. You have to be a lover of innocence, to be a warrior…” Those words were from Taya Kyle, wife of the late Chris Kyle. Known most notably by the story of his life embodied by the book and movie, American Sniper. Today, February 2nd, 2020, we want to…

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Strength, Balance and Resiliency as Leaders | Part Two: Physical Leadership

Of all that transpired to save my life during and after that enemy ambush in 2007, only two had been within my control. One of them, according to the medical teams who put me back together, was my rock-solid physical fitness, which had prepared my body for its best chance at survival and healing through the extreme compound trauma. If Physical Leadership hasn’t already been a consistent focus for you, I recommend you make it your primary goal starting today. Start here …

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What Does It Mean to Be an American?

When asked about my involvement in Task Force Pineapple, a citizen-liaison network which successfully evacuated more than 800 Americans and Afghan allies during a one-week period between the fall of the Afghan government and military and the “official” exit of U.S. troops, I tell them this …

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