UNcamouflaged: A veteran back in the "real world": March 2015
Thursday, March 12, 2015. Response to American Sniper demonstrates vast spectrum of war experience. I’m cleaning, like I do when I’m anxious. My husband Colin is thinking about shoes. 8220;Women and children,” he says. “You determine their intent by their shoes.”. Earlier. All through the movie I fidgeted, like I do when I’m anxious. Colin sat rigid. Now he’s thinking about shoes. In the weeks since its release, American Sniper. Has generated heated discussion of many colors: respect and admiration for w...
UNcamouflaged: A veteran back in the "real world": An attempt at Throwback Thursday
Thursday, May 8, 2014. An attempt at Throwback Thursday. I don’t normally participate in the Throwback Thursday trend, you know posting old photos where I look all young and cute (maybe because my old photos usually trend toward young and dorky? But today I’m feeling nostalgic. And it’s Thursday. So here goes. Here’s me approximately two years and eight months ago. There’s Jen and Shannon sitting on the floor! Here’s me a week later. In my first ever graduate nonfiction writing workshop, passing out copi...
UNcamouflaged: A veteran back in the "real world": November 2013
Friday, November 8, 2013. Mesothelioma, Veterans and the Affordable Care Act. I was recently contacted by someone at the Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance and asked to share some important information. I’d heard of mesothelioma; when I browse the community bulletin boards at the VA there are usually flyers advertising support groups or research studies for afflicted patients. Because I am not an afflicted patient, my interest has never moved beyond curiosity. 8220;The Veterans’ Administration says that ...
UNcamouflaged: A veteran back in the "real world": January 2014
Thursday, January 23, 2014. On the next decade. Well hello, Blogosphere. It’s been a while. It’s been so long that it’s now 2014…how did that happen? It’s been so long that I’m now 30. Eeek…how did. But, perhaps contrary to the opinions of popular culture, I’m actually excited to be moving into this new decade. E times, running a marathon, buying a condo, going to war, needing therapy. What am I supposed to be doing? How do I do this? What does this mean? What’s the point? A military base is a strange mi...
UNcamouflaged: A veteran back in the "real world": August 2012
Wednesday, August 15, 2012. Heroism vs. Awesomeness. Thank you, US Weekly. For proving my point:. Now available on news stands and in the collective American psyche! This year’s Olympics were everything I’d imagined, full of triumphs, disappointment, Michael Phelps, happy tears, tears of joy, very young-looking Chinese gymnasts, surprising upsets, patriotism, unity, and, as often happens, controversy. Some said, their winnings are income and should be taxed accordingly. I don’t know if Sen. Rub...This di...
UNcamouflaged: A veteran back in the "real world": MY MOST IMPORTANT POST EVER: Help pass veteran mental health care act TODAY
Thursday, December 11, 2014. MY MOST IMPORTANT POST EVER: Help pass veteran mental health care act TODAY. Friends, if you read one post here ever, please let it be this: The veteran community needs your help. Today the Clay Hunt Suicide Prevention for America's Veterans (SAV) Act, which supports much-needed (and much-belated) mental health care access improvements for vets, stymied by Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.), who placed a Parliamentary hold on the act. His rationale? Are you outraged by this hypocrisy?
UNcamouflaged: A veteran back in the "real world": October 2013
Wednesday, October 9, 2013. Original Glamour essay link. I'm pleased to present a link to my original Glamour essay, now available here. I sincerely hope no one out there who's suffering is deterred from seeking help as a result of the Daily Mail "article" and the backlash it generated. No one should be chastised for suffering, regardless of the degree or cause, and no one who suffers should be discouraged from seeking help. Thank you for reading,. Links to this post. Monday, October 7, 2013. COPAIBA PRE...
UNcamouflaged: A veteran back in the "real world": #GivingTuesday (yes, it's a thing!)
Tuesday, December 2, 2014. GivingTuesday (yes, it's a thing! Apparently that's a thing. (A good thing, obviously, I just feel very old and uninformed not knowing about it until now.) If you, like many, plan to supplement your holiday consumerism with some good old fashioned charitable contributions, let me point out a few military/veteran-focused nonprofit organizations worthy of your consideration:. Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA). By signing the petition here. Team Rubicon epitomizes th...
UNcamouflaged: A veteran back in the "real world": September 2013
Wednesday, September 18, 2013. Welcome, Veteran Poster Boy: Aaron Alexis. I should be polishing the essay I turn in to my workshop class tomorrow, or starting the research paper due next month, or chipping away at that looming thesis project. But sometimes there’s something that needs to be written before anything else can be. Today, that something revolves around Monday’s shooting at the Washington, DC Navy Yard. Since a Boeing 737 crashed into the Potomac River in 1982, killing 78 people. Of course, an...
UNcamouflaged: A veteran back in the "real world": August 2014
Wednesday, August 6, 2014. There’s always been semantic disagreement in the military. Many are uncomfortable with being thanked for their service or referred to as heroes. I traditionally haven’t minded—not that I consider myself a hero; working with special operations at Hurlburt Field, FL. I’ve started to wonder, when people say “thank you for your service,” what do they mean? Do they know what they’re thanking me for? For accepting an ROTC scholarship (and the ensuing four-year contract) at 18? For so...