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  • A former pilot’s silent struggle

    “I remember coming home from a combat deployment to Afghanistan in 2010, and I just knew I was bringing back more baggage than I originally left with. There are things you experience that, simply put, change you forever. I have never been the man I once was after experiencing what I did overseas.”  Posttraumatic stress disorder can be a potentially
  • Coping with PTSD: Help is out there

    “I was deployed back in 2005 to Iraq and was in a few firefights, explosions and improvised explosive device incidents.” It was during an explosion that Staff Sgt. Clifton Flint was thrown about 30 feet from where he was standing. He was knocked unconscious for more than 30 minutes and his resulting injuries included traumatic brain injury.
  • PTSD treatment confronts the trauma behind the disorder

    Post-traumatic stress disorder is considered one of the “signature wounds” of the current conflicts in the Middle East. But many people may not know that there are highly effective treatments for this invisible wound being deployed at Air Force hospitals and clinics today.
  • Healing from invisible wounds

    On Jan. 15, 2008, Senior Airman Christopher D’Angelo, a heavy equipment operator, was the lead gunner in an armored vehicle convoy on a road near Baghdad. The sun was shining and the air comfortable. His unit had just transported construction materials to forward operating bases and was currently scouting an area to see how they might transport heavy equipment.
  • Photography: An escape for a Holloman Airman

    From a young age, Master Sgt. David Long, has been interested in photography. This is a hobby he picked up from his father, but placed second to his short-lived career as an infantryman in the U.S. Army, and current 15 year U.S. Air Force career as the 54th fighter group staff F-16 base engine manager. Photography is David’s therapy, his way to
  • EOD Warrior overcomes, regains military might

    EOD Airman from Tyndall Air Force Base, Fla. attends Air Force Warrior Games training camp to prepare to compete in the DOD Warrior Games in June.
  • PTSD: Recounting a journey

    Senior Master Sgt. Kevin Wallace was sick for three days before August drill. It wasn’t a "go-the-hospital" kind of sick, but he couldn’t keep his food down. His stomach always churns in the days leading up to a presentation. As he woke up in a hotel room in southern California and prepared to address an audience of several hundred ABU-clad Airmen