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Baxter is here!

Baxter

I officially received Baxter in May of 2014. I honestly couldn’t contain myself. I met Baxter for the first time in April of 2012. Baxter was nine months old at the time. While still a puppy, he probably had no

Posted in Blog, Dogs, My Story

Prisoner Swaps & Fairness

I’ve been following the Bergdhal story for a bit and am amazed at the responses from people, both military and civilian. Here’s my quick take on it. The soldier was taken into enemy custody. Did he abandon his post? Did

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Healing PTSD with Different Methods

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One year ago, I was diagnosed with PTSD. However, I had been living with it (and not dealing with it) for over six years. The more time went on, the more it reared it’s deceptive and destructive head. After coming

Posted in Blog, Combat, PTSD, VA

One Year Later

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It has been almost one full year since I first came to grips with my PTSD and started to realize it for what it is. It has been almost an entire year of learning more about myself, my family, and

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Vietnam & Iraq; Getting Better Together

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I have been going to counseling since the beginning of the year. I started out by doing some one-on-one counseling at the Vet Center in Morgantown. After six weeks or so, she started recommending that I try out group counseling.

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Memorial Day Thoughts

Memorial Day

If you know me, you may have wondered what the bracelets I wear on both of my wrists are. Some people think they’re just Army bracelets that you get for being in the Army. Others know what they are, and

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My First Mission

We were deployed to Camp Striker, just southwest of Baghdad. This was the area referred to as the Triangle of Death due to high levels of combat and sectarian violence. At night, laying on my cot, I could hear the

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The Triangle of Death

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We deployed to southwest Baghdad, an area more appropriately known as the Triangle of Death in Iraq. This was due mostly to the high level of combat and sectarian violence that took place there. We were located within close proximity

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Arriving in Country

Walker in Kuwait 2005

Stepping off the plane that first night in Kuwait was incredible. We had just flown close to 24 hours and over 7,000 miles to get to Kuwait, and once we had boots on the ground I knew instantly that things

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Update on Baxter

Here’s an update on Baxter. I’ve been running with him a few times a week and visiting him at some of his training. This weekend he got to come out for some climbing. I’ll start training with him next month

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