Veterans and Self Medication

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More and more military veterans are turning to self-medication as a solution to the problems they brought home from war.  Veterans are using prescription drugs, alcohol, and illegal drugs to deal with the physical and mental pain of life after combat. Join us for VOW Talk Radio on Tuesday, December 11 at 7:00 pm EST as we discuss the topic of self-medicating.  Guests on the … [Read more...]

Handling the Holidays

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How do you deal with the holidays?  Though many of us view the holidays as special times filled with fun, family, and celebration, these days can be extremely stressful and difficult for many. Maybe you have lost a loved one who will not be celebrating with the family this year.  Perhaps you are a veteran who lives with Post Traumatic Stress.  The extended family may not … [Read more...]

Ask Dr Diaz about Conflict Resolution

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How do you resolve conflict?  We might as well face the fact that we all need help in this area.  No two minds think alike, therefore, we are bound to see things differently from just about everyone else on the planet at one point or another. Living in close quarters with our family members will eventually cause clashes, and if you are living with a combat veteran, you may … [Read more...]

Social Networking and Relationships

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Got dirty laundry? Most of us do, but we all have a choice as to how we are going to take care of it.  You know what we are talking about.  It’s that stuff you air on Facebook and Twitter when you are really annoyed with someone.  Getting online and “sharing” our thoughts has become an active part of most of our daily lives.  We might momentarily feel better after venting our … [Read more...]

Healing Power of Community and Creative Arts

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Join us for VOW Talk Radio on Tuesday, July 10, at 7:00 pm EDT as we share about the amazing experience the VOW Talk Radio team had while attending the Military Experience and the Arts Symposium at Eastern Kentucky University.  We will be sharing some of the interviews we had with the veterans who were in attendance as well as spotlighting the organizations which were … [Read more...]

PTSD and the Value of Communication

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If you are a caregiver, family member or close friend of someone with post traumatic stress, then there is a good chance that you have often felt frustration when trying to communicate with your combat veteran. Join us for VOW Talk Radio on Tuesday, June 12, at 7:00 pm (EDT) for a great discussion.  Dr. Rolando Diaz of Give an Hour  will be joining us to share some tips and … [Read more...]

PTSD and the Value of Communication

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If you are a caregiver, family member or close friend of someone with post traumatic stress, then there is a good chance that you have often felt frustration when trying to communicate with your combat veteran. Join us for VOW Talk Radio on Tuesday, June 12, at 7:00 pm (EDT) for a great discussion.  Dr. Rolando Diaz of Give an Hour  will be joining us to share some tips and … [Read more...]

Defusing the IED ~ When the caregiver lives with PTSD

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I’ve heard it described.  The moment the soldier looks down and sees the trip wire that is going to set off the IED (Improvised Explosive Device) he freezes.  His blood runs cold.  His gut has an instant reaction. He breaks out in a cold sweat. Thoughts run through his mind faster than the speed of light.  He wonders, “Is this it?” He tries to act as if nothing’s wrong because … [Read more...]

Despite combat, I still know my child best

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When our son returned from his third deployment, we could tell that something wasn’t right.  We knew that there had been subtle changes even after the first and second deployments, but we could see a significant change after his return from deployment number three.  We weren’t quite sure what was going on, and he really didn’t want to talk about it. We tried to respect his … [Read more...]

It's Not My Fault

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Living with a soldier who has Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and a Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) can be stressing, to say the least.  We all go through days where we feel like we can’t do anything right.  No matter how hard we try, it seems that we are the problem in our house, not the PTSD or TBI.  On these days, I find myself frequently repeating “It’s not my fault.” I … [Read more...]