Celebrities: Service in the Military, and Service to Veterans

  Written for the Crockett Foundation by Diane Baren – May 2017 Successful celebrity-related Veterans’ charities might lead us to think that someone such as Gary Sinise—of the Lt. Dan Band charitable organization–served in the military. Did he serve? Nope. With great respect and with gratitude for his work supporting Veterans in several ways, in August 2012 Sinise was made …

Hearing About “Good Kills” from US Veterans

Written for the Crockett Foundation by Diane Baren – May 2017 The first couple of times I spoke with a combat Veteran about a “good kill” they called me onto the table about the compassion they were seeing in my face as a reaction to the story. My face showed compassion as my mouth contorted in a bit of sadness. …

Butterfly Hides at Fort Bragg: Poetry by Veterans

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  Written for the Crockett Foundation by Diane Baren – April 2017   Amongst US Military Veterans, writing poetry and prose is a means of important expression. Going back to the Civil War there are poems we can refer to as a means of peaking inside the minds of soldiers at war, and Veterans after service. Today, in 2017, there …

A Rose is a Rose: Shell Shock, Battle Fatigue, and PTSD

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Written for the Crockett Foundation by Diane Baren – April 2017   What we call Post Traumatic Stress Disorder today was called “shell shock” just after World War I. At first shell shock was thought to be the result of damage to the brain, unseen, caused by concussive explosions of large guns – artillery shell explosions. Common symptoms of shell …

Learning to Train a PTSD Service Dog

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Written for the Crockett Foundation by Diane Baren – April 2017 Learning to train service dogs for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is difficult work. It requires that both the trainer and the dog have specialized knowledge and skills. The most successful trainers learn to identify the most appropriate dogs for service dog work by recognizing their potential to learn quickly and …

Veteran Writing Programs

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Written for the Crockett Foundation by Diane Baren – February 2017 All across America there are little groups of US Military Veterans writing. They’re passionate about writing in various forms – and they’re working on refining their techniques and processes for telling their stories for the rest of us, and for themselves. The tradition of healing through use of words …

Music Therapy for Veterans with PTSD and TBI

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Written for the Crockett Foundation by Diane Baren – February 2017 Some people have a hard time picturing someone in the military, or someone who’s now a Veteran, doing something expressive and creative like playing music. The military doesn’t appear to outsiders to be a highly creative and expressive industry. I remember when I first read about Songwriting With Soldiers, …

Costs of Dog Ownership

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Written for the Crockett Foundation, by Diane Baren – February 2017 The costs of dog ownership differs depending on how much we pamper our dogs and how creative we are in obtaining the goods and services needed for their upkeep. The Crockett Foundation has started helping to cover the daily living costs and periodic Veterinary care costs of pet ownership …

Being Outdoors is Therapeutic for Veterans with PTSD

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Written for the Crockett Foundation by Diane Baren – January 2017 Wilderness therapy, or outdoor therapy programs make use of nature to teach participants habits and skills useful to managing symptoms of depression. By working through team challenges and solving problems outdoors in these programs Veterans with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) can gain a greater sense self-esteem and reconnect …

12 Service Dog Groups on Facebook

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Written by Diane Baren for the Crockett Foundation – January 2017 I care a lot about Veterans and a good number them have Service Dogs. So I’ve joined some Service Dog groups on Facebook. Sometimes Veterans with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), or Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) in these groups speak up – so being there is an opportunity for …