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  • Rosalie Deer Heart: Healing Grief

    September 18, 2014

    Rosalie Deer Heart is a veteran of grief who chose to open her heart even wider to love after the sudden death of her teenage son, Mike. She is the author of eight books including Healing Grief—A Mother’s Story.

  • Dr. Jill Harrington LaMorie, DSW, LCSW; Military Loss

    November 29, 2012

    Dr. Jill Harrington LaMorie, DSW, LCSW is the Senior Field Researcher on the National Military Family Bereavement Study, former Director of Professional Education at TAPS, and a surviving military spouse.  She has extensive experience working with individuals and families affected by crisis and trauma.

  • Beth Marshall and Taryn Davis; American Widow Project

    June 28, 2012

          Beth Marshall talks with a real American hero, Taryn Davis. Taryn is the founder of the American Widow Project- an outreach to US Military Widows. http://americanwidowproject.org/  Five years ago when Taryn was 21, her beloved husband Michael was tragically killed in Iraq. Through searching the country for other young military widows Taryn realized a […]

  • Ed Tick: Healing After Trauma

    October 20, 2011

    Dr. Tick has developed a unique and comprehensive model to address the wounding of trauma. His transformational map for moving from loss to renewed life offers hope to many. Much of his life work has been with combat veterans suffering the effects of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. He is author of the award winning book, WAR […]

  • Gordon Bolar Topic: Dealing with the Public and Private Nature of Loss

    September 15, 2011

    Gordon Bolar’s 24-year-old son Army Spc. Matthew died in 2007 while serving during Operation Iraqi Freedom.  Matthew died in Baghdad of wounds sustained from an improvised explosive device.  He had volunteered for a second tour of duty. His dad, Gordon, is the station manager for WMUK Public Radio, Western Michigan University.  

  • Jerry Yellin; The Hidden Wounds of War

    September 1, 2011

    Jerry Yellin enlisted in the Army Air Corps on his 18th birthday.  He was in combat in the Pacific Theater and Iwo Jima with the 78th Fighter Squadron and participated in the first land based fighter mission over Japan on April 7, 1945 and the last mission of the war on August 14, 1945. He […]

  • Brigadier General Roger Machut: In My Brother’s Foot Steps

    July 28, 2011

    Brigadier General Machut was only 7 yrs. old when his brother died in Vietnam.  He followed in his brother’s footsteps and joined the Marine Corps and led his battalion into Iraq at the commencement of the war in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.  He has been awarded the Bronze Star, the Meritorious Service Medal with a […]

  • Bonnie Carroll; Families and Military Loss

    April 28, 2011

    Bonnie Carroll, Founder and President of the Tragedy Assistance Program (TAPS), the national Veterans Service Organization providing comfort and care to all those grieving the death of a loved one in the military.

  • Glenda M. Carter; A Vietnam War Widow’s Journey

    April 14, 2011

    Glenda Carter was a teenager when her 18-year-old husband, Bruce, was killed in Vietnam.  Glenda reminds us that trauma cannot be measured by the ticking of a clock or the turning of the pages of a calendar. She is the author of Sacred Shadow, Sacred Ground:  A Vietnam War Widow’s Journey Through Unresolved Grief.

  • Fred Luskin and Eric Hipple: Forgiveness and the Military

    February 26, 2009

    Fred and Eric discuss the loss of their children and talk about how forgiveness helps promote help and healing.

  • Dr Reg Williams; Military Loss and Support

    December 11, 2008

    Dr Williams is a professor in the School of Nursing and Psychiatry Medical School at the University of Michigan. He is a Vietnam Vet and the principal investigator for 5 research grants funded by the Department of Defense.

  • Bonnie Carrol; Military Loss and Support

    December 11, 2008

    Bonnie Carroll, founder of TAPS, Tragedy Assistance Program after her husband died in the military; shares stories of military loss and support.

  • Dr Reg Williams; Military Loss and Support

    December 11, 2008

    Dr Williams is a professor in the School of Nursing and Psychiatry Medical School at the University of Michigan. He is a Vietnam Vet and the principal investigator for 5 research grants funded by the Department of Defense.

  • Tom Reilly: A Brother’s Return to Vietnam

    November 3, 2005

    After the unexplained death of his brother in Vietnam, Tom returned to the war-ravaged country to find answers.

Articles

  • Helping Military Kids with Traumatic Death

    March 28, 2014

    Ordinary fears are a normal part of a child’s developmental growth, and children create internal and external mechanisms to cope with these fears. But a child’s ordinary fears can be transformed into very real survival fears in the face of severe trauma. After children experience the death of a parent, they often feel alone and […]

  • Supporting Military Families After Combat Death

    August 11, 2011

    The devastating loss of 30 military service members in Afghanistan has left more than 300 people grieving the death of someone they love. Many people, even if they do not personally know the families of those who died, want to know how to express their condolences and support the families left behind. Reaching out to […]

  • Hats Off to a World War II Vet

    May 29, 2011

    Yesterday was a wonderful day. While standing in line at the pharmacy, the gentleman behind me smiled. I don’t go to the CVS to make friends, but somehow yesterday I did. This older fellow’s smile, along with his vet’s hat, was engaging. He looked too young to have been in WWII so I asked him. […]

  • Heaven Bound

    May 6, 2011

    Heaven Bound   Year after year On your special day Mother’s Day I brought you flowers Gave you a hug and kiss Reminded you how special you were.   Every one of those years I knew you were grateful For my gifts and my love Yet, a sadness remained In your beautiful blue eyes It […]

  • How to Support Families Grieving After Fort Hood Tragedy

    November 9, 2009

    The horrific tragedy at Fort Hood has sent our nation into mourning, and many want to know how to express their condolences and support to the families left behind. Reaching out to express condolences is a natural and heartfelt reaction to tragedy.  TAPS, the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors, offers the following tips for those […]

  • Siblings of Military Casualties Offered Help

    October 26, 2009

    A sibling relationship should be a lifelong friendship, but for those losing a brother or sister who served in the military, the pain and sorrow can be overwhelming. Adult siblings left behind must contend with their own grief and shock, adjust to an altered family structure and assume new responsibilities. To help brothers and sisters […]

  • God Will Answer My Prayers

    October 21, 2009

    In 1968 my brother, Danny who was 19 years old was killed in Vietnam. At the time, I was 15 years old. His helicopter was shot down and according to eye witnesses exploded in mid-air and then landed on the banks of a river. Because of heavy, enemy ground fire his body was never recovered. […]

  • Alleged Killings by U.S. Soldier Remind Us of War’s Psychological Toll

    May 31, 2009

    By Dr. Norman Fried – The headlines of many U.S. newspapers this week report that five Americans are dead after a U.S. soldier opened fire at a U.S. base on Camp Liberty in Baghdad, where soldiers were receiving psychological treatment for the stresses of combat or from personal issues. The shooting causes all of us […]

  • Memorial Day: When You Lose a Sibling in War

    May 30, 2009

    A sibling relationship should be a lifelong friendship, but for those losing a brother or sister who served in the military, the pain and sorrow can be overwhelming. Adult siblings left behind must contend with their own grief and shock, adjust to an altered family structure and assume new responsibilities. To help brothers and sisters […]

  • The Everyday Hero

    May 25, 2009

    Today as we celebrate Memorial Day, honoring all of our brave men and women who put their lives on the line every day so we can continue to enjoy our daily freedoms, we remember that these people are everyday people who live in your neighborhood.   These are the people you see at the police […]

  • ‘Decorate Your Memory’ on Memorial Day

    May 25, 2009

    By Sharon Greenlee – When you see or hear Memorial Day, what are the first visuals and words that pop into your mind?? I see the cemetery, the funeral, my mother’s grave. I hear my grandmother’s mournful crying, and I see and hear all of this through the eyes of the ten-year old who experienced […]

  • Memorial Day Reminds Us to Work for Peace

    May 22, 2009

    By Pamela Prime – This Memorial Day is once again a significant and special day to remember our soldiers who have offered their lives for our well-being and the well-being of the world. As our soldiers continue to be sent to the Middle East and elsewhere, we must continue to support them with our love […]

  • Death, and Hope, in the Middle East

    May 18, 2009

    By Reg Green — When the doorbell rang in John Boria’s house in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, on August 31, 2004, and he saw three National Guard Air Force colonels standing there, his first thought was that they had come to the wrong address. The second, a moment later, came with sickening force.  ”Has something happened […]

  • Vet Centers Offer Grief Counseling for Military Survivors

    April 27, 2009

    Bereavement counseling is assistance and support for people with emotional stress following the death of a loved one. It can include a broad range of transition services, including outreach, counseling, and referral services. The Department of Veterans Affairs offers bereavement counseling to parents, siblings, spouses, and children of Armed Forces personnel who died in service […]

  • Dealing with Media Attention After a Loved One Dies

    April 27, 2009

    For many surviving families who have lost a loved one in the military, our interactions with the media are interwoven with our experiences in the days immediately after our loved one dies. We encounter the reporters on our front porch, field phone calls from the Associated Press, and might even scan pictures to share. As […]

  • Dealing With Grief Over the Holidays: Practical Tips to Help

    April 27, 2009

    Holiday cheer and merrymaking may be everywhere at certain times of the year, but for thousands of Americans grieving the loss of a loved one, the holiday season can be an emotional minefield. And there’s no road map for easy navigation. “The holiday season can be particularly challenging for families who are grieving the recent […]

  • Supporting Children Dealing with Grief During the Holidays: Tips to Help

    April 27, 2009

    The holidays can be a magical time of year, but for children who have recently lost a parent, sibling, or another significant person in their lives, the holiday season can be an emotional minefield. It can also pose challenges for their still grieving surviving parents and other family members. “The holiday season can be particularly […]

  • Mother Seeking Help for Military Son With PTSD

    March 4, 2009

    Question from Stephanie: I am writing you in regards to my son, who was enlisted in the Army for 20+ years and at this time, he is dealing with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. In the beginning, he was having bad dreams and would constantly “jerk” during the night. Currently, the dreams seem to be getting […]

  • Military Group Knows a Lot About Healthy Grieving

    December 30, 2008

    By Ami Neiberger-Miller –

  • Military Losses Often Complicated by War Coverage

    October 7, 2008

    By Stephanie Frogge —  Living in a country at war, it’s difficult to escape the media reports, the mind-numbing statistics, the opinions of politicians, even the views of our family and friends.  The issues that drive it and the images that make it real, even to those who do not have a loved one serving […]

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