Category Archives: Military Mental Health

Finding Purpose in Pain

Photo by Lukas Rychvalsky from Pexels “I’m just glad that my pain can be used to help someone else”. (Quote used with permission by a combat veteran who decided to seek therapy as a way to heal) As had happened many times before, … Continue reading

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Finding Life after Service

In war, there is nothing more definite than the line between life and death. For many who’ve seen combat and have developed their sense of self within the parameters of war, this line can become a barrier to successful reintegration … Continue reading

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lessons from the field manual

this is dedicated to my father who was in France on that day in the 1940’s.  he taught me my first lessons in loving a veteran.  *Most come prepared. I wouldn’t expect a former green beret, a navy seal, a … Continue reading

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Everyday people, Everyday heroes

In remembrance of September 11, 2001 In Remembrance of 9/11, 2001 September 11, 2001 is the day I became a much better therapist. The resources available to me grew exponentially due to an insurgence of funded research on post-trauma. My … Continue reading

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Memorial Day Safety Brief

written by chris cannida, May 30, 2016 In the military, there is an event that occurs every week called a “Safety Brief”. The unit leader will offer several points of guidance to encourage safe living for the service member before … Continue reading

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American Sniper – ‘just a movie’.

written by L. Chris Cannida, February 6, 2015 I have never been to war.  I’ve never held a weapon while facing the decision of whether to pull the trigger and take a life.  I’ve never had my soul go from … Continue reading

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Standing with Veterans

Please note, the following story has elements changed intentionally to protect the identity of those involved. Name/initial/title, rank, and other details of a day in combat are altered.  However, the core of the story remains pure in honor of the service … Continue reading

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