I was a first responder at the Pentagon on 9/11.

“I grew up on eastern Long Island and watched a lot of CHIPS so I knew I wanted to be a pilot or cop. Once I realized how much math was involved to be a pilot, it sealed the deal on becoming a cop. I knew I wanted to do police work but my dad … Continue reading I was a first responder at the Pentagon on 9/11.

The Reality of Life for a Commando.

The lad that quits first. In the first ten minutes you see the recruits arriving at the school, they do the first briefing, before engaging for 28 days and the test of the capture. I like how the officers react to the "humbling bravery" of the young man standing for himself and saying "I just … Continue reading The Reality of Life for a Commando.

Combat Crochet and Operation Iraqi Freedom. Yarn over…

Like many veterans throughout our country’s history, I needed mental medical attention but did not seek help BY: SAMANTHA NEROVE, POSTED ON MAY 28, 2017 A soldier crochets a garden of hope in the battlefield of despair. Pistol? Check. Body armor? Check. Yarn, hooks, crochet books? Check. My Combat Crochet Basic Load (CCBL) was prepped for battle. I was ready to … Continue reading Combat Crochet and Operation Iraqi Freedom. Yarn over…

Catch Up with The Spark #10 before #11 comes out tonight!

If you follow my Website 2.0, since September, I am following The Spark Podcast almost every Sunday. I like the freshness of this conversation between Badge Tony (real name is omitted due to service's preservation) and his hosting friend, Colin. Some of you might wonder who is Tony and how I got in touch with … Continue reading Catch Up with The Spark #10 before #11 comes out tonight!

Dan Nevins, Iraq vet, and his message to Veterans about Yoga.

Thank you for your Service. "Yoga? First I am a dude, second I am a soldier." https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XZEs6HlfvF4 Invited to NYC to talk to 9/11 families and firefighters for PTSD. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=61pu3mwd6H8 Dan Nevins is a professional speaker who has been inspiring audiences around the world with his message of perseverance, resiliency and hope for more than … Continue reading Dan Nevins, Iraq vet, and his message to Veterans about Yoga.

Portraits of Soldiers Before and After War. We are the not dead.

This article was "where it all began". Not only you can see how trauma transformed their faces, but also, their rite passage from Young men to men; from hell and back. Photographer Lalage Snow, who is currently based in Kabul, Afghanistan, embarked on an 8-month-long project titled We Are The Not Dead featuring portraits of British … Continue reading Portraits of Soldiers Before and After War. We are the not dead.

Poppies for Hope and Peace.

On 11th November, both French and Brits remember the end of First World War. When I first arrived in Paris, in the end of 2007, I didn't even imagine that they were celebrating this official date on the European Agenda. Cos in Italy, my home Country, the war ends on 4th of november, but I … Continue reading Poppies for Hope and Peace.

Next Mission: PTSD at home. Veterans breaking the Silence.

Actually, I am living this situation at work. Yes, I am the weak link.  And yes, I was the first and only one to break the silence. So, what? Do you know the story of someone who is sitting on the edge of the river waiting for his dead enemy's body passing by? Seriously, it … Continue reading Next Mission: PTSD at home. Veterans breaking the Silence.

Hey, it’s safe to take off your armor: “Veterans struggling with civilian life are urged to join a new Peer Support Service.”

Former servicemen and women who are struggling to cope with life outside of the military are being urged to sign up to a Peer Support Service, delivered by veterans’ mental health charity Combat Stress. Led by veterans for veterans, it’s the first UK-wide service of its kind for those with mental health problems. The Peer … Continue reading Hey, it’s safe to take off your armor: “Veterans struggling with civilian life are urged to join a new Peer Support Service.”

Anna Coleman Ladd, dignity and face masks.

    One century ago WWI changed our way to make war forever. Powerful arms, and body-to-body combat left horrible wounds on men when they could survive. Social anxiety was at the top, of course, so when they came back to their home, most of them were not accepted and rejected for their damaged body … Continue reading Anna Coleman Ladd, dignity and face masks.