Give me a place to stand and I will move the earth.
Homer, The Iliad

General Mattis Takes ALS Ice Bucket Challenge


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WALLA WALLA, Wash. — Retired Marine Corps Gen. James Mattis joined a growing number of Americans by taking part in the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge on Sunday, sources confirmed. Read more

The Evolution of PTSD: Predisposed pt. 3


American Soldiers, Vietnam War
American Soldiers, Vietnam War

by Jim Goodwin, Psy.D.

HOW THE VIETNAM EXPERIENCE DIFFERED FROM PREVIOUS WARS AND SUBSEQUENTLY PREDISPOSED THE COMBATANT TO THE POST-TRAUMATIC STRESS DISORDER: DELAYED AND/OR CHRONIC TYPE.

When direct American troop involvement in Vietnam became a reality, military planners looked to previous war experiences to help alleviate the problem of psychological disorder in combat. By then it was an understood fact that those combatants with the most combat exposure suffered the highest incidence of breakdown. In Korea this knowledge resulted in use, to some extent, of a “point system.” After accumulating so many points, an individual was rotated home, regardless of the progress of the war. This was further refined in Vietnam, the outcome being the DEROS (date of expected return from overseas) system. Every individual serving in Vietnam, except general officers, knew before leaving the United States when he or she was scheduled to return. The tour lasted 12 months for everyone except the Marines who, known for their one-upmanship, did a 13-month tour. DEROS promised the combatant a way out of the war other than as a physical or psychological casualty (Kormos, 1978). Read more

The Great Moon Hoax: 1835


 

On this day in 1835, the first in a series of six articles announcing the supposed discovery of life on the moon appears in the New York Sun newspaper. Read more

Medal of Honor: Robert Ingram,Vietnam War


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On March 28, 1966, Navy corpsman Robert Ingram tended to wounded Marines and held off the enemy under intense fire in Quang Ngai Province, South Vietnam. With the help of the men of his company, who insisted that his recommendation be reevaluated, Ingram received the Medal of Honor on July 10, 1998.

Read more about Ingram and other Medal recipients in MEDAL OF HONOR athttp://www.artisanbooks.com/products/…

 

 

 

Mexican Paratrooper Gets Hung Up and Towed Behind Plane


This is a little disturbing. Just goes to show the differences we have with other countries. This wouldn’t happen [the way it did here] in the US. There has been no confirmation of his well-being. The Mexican government/military claims he’s in a hospital recovering.

Published on Aug 24, 2014

Footage has emerged from the Mexican Defense Force allegedly showing a Mexican armed forces training exercise gone wrong, with a paratrooper caught on cables while jumping from the plan and getting dragged along mid-air.

The exercise was a static line jump, where each paratrooper is fixed to a cable that automatically opens their parachutes as they exit the aircraft. The Jumpmaster has apparently not reacted to the incident, and could have cut the line while the paratrooper in a stable position.

It’s not too long before the paratrooper is flung about, and starts to rotate wildly. At this point, the footage was shut off, and there are unconfirmed reports the paratrooper is recovering in hospital.
Footage has emerged from the Mexican Defense Force allegedly showing a Mexican armed forces training exercise gone wrong, with a paratrooper caught on cables while jumping from the plan and getting dragged along mid-air.

The exercise was a static line jump, where each paratrooper is fixed to a cable that automatically opens their parachutes as they exit the aircraft. The Jumpmaster has apparently not reacted to the incident, and could have cut the line while the paratrooper in a stable position.

It’s not too long before the paratrooper is flung about, and starts to rotate wildly. At this point, the footage was shut off, and there are unconfirmed reports the paratrooper is recovering in hospital.

The Evolution of PTSD: Recognition pt. 2


The Agony of War

Read the story behind the above image here.

As some of you know, I was born in ’69. For 45 years I’ve ‘witnessed’ the residual effects the Vietnam War had(s) our veterans–it’s been on a  constant simmer ever since.

The reason I’m mentioning this is because PTSD was NEVER blamed for the changed men who came back from that war. In the circle of veteran supporters, (where I was influenced) the behavior was “an affect of Agent Orange exposure.” Although this may be true in part, it wasn’t the only demon our vets brought back.

This article is a brief summary of the results/studies in the early stages of understanding, recognizing, and treating the most common war wound throughout the history of battle, Post Traumatic Stress [Disorder]. ~Anna

INTRODUCTION

Most Vietnam veterans have adjusted well to life back in the United States, following their wartime experiences. That’s a tribute to these veterans who faced a difficult homecoming to say the least. Read more