Through the Spouses Eyes: Dealing with our significant other’s addiction

“We have a saying in our family, ‘Those who fight the monster, should never become the monster.’ After his last deployment, something was different – he brought the monster home.” Alexis O’Donnell* recalls the moment she first realized she no longer recognized the man she had been married to for over 20 years. The father…

Warriors Heart Foundation Announces it is a 2021 Carry The Load Non-Profit Partner Uniting to Restore the True Meaning of Memorial Day

Warriors Heart Foundation is proud to announce it will be a Carry The Load non-profit partner for the 2021 Memorial May campaign. As a part of Carry The Load’s Continuum of Care program, this partnership helps raise awareness and funds that are essential to helping our military, veterans, first responders and their families. [Warriors Heart…

Jiu-jitsu Is More Than What It Appears

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu developed from the work of two brothers named Carlos and Helio Gracie who learned the techniques from a Japanese man named Mitsuyo Maeda who migrated to Brazil around 1917. Jiu-jitsu is not what it appears. When people learn that I study Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, a common response I get is, “Oh you do MMA.”  They think of me as a fighter in a cage or ring. This is a narrow perception of…

STAYING AFLOAT IN A SEA OF UNCERTAINTY

By Dr. Rick Boone Clinical Director, Warriors Heart As the constantly-evolving news of the Covid-19 pandemic sweeps across the nation and covers our world with apprehension and conflicting points of view, we at Warriors Heart are taking a thoughtful, balanced approach in an effort to protect ourselves and our clients from careless exposure to illness…

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Transitioning From Active Duty to Civilian Life

Shifting from military life can be a delicate transition, especially if you served for many years or have retired for medical reasons. It is during this time that many veterans find themselves at a crossroads which can lead them down a path of health and success, or a route to addiction and self-destruction. The choices made at the beginning of this journey will create the foundation of that path, which is why it is so crucial to be properly educated on the hurdles, pitfalls and support resources that await.

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Opioid Crisis Among Veterans

The United States is going through one of its worst drug crises to date as a result of opioid addiction. This epidemic has led to a sharp increase in overdose deaths caused by the use of prescription drugs or heroin, making it the leading cause of death among Americans under the age of 50.

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What to Expect When Soldiers Come Home

Returning home from combat can be extremely challenging. Soldiers might find that they can’t sleep or are nervous or angry much of the time. These emotions often strain relationships. The first step is to learn what is causing your loved one pain (as much as you can), and from there, you can work together to foster healing.

Tom Spooner

Heart Breakers

I wanted to start writing about War and matters of the Heart. We all have stories of what we did during Battle. I wanted to write about other aspects of War that were equally devastating to me.

We all understand what it is like to have your heart broken. From a girlfriend, death of a family member, big opportunity lost etc. Below is one that I have experienced and I know many of you have also.