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What Soldiers Need: Chow, Bullets, Mail?

By • Jul 30th, 2009 • Category: Combat Stress, In the Press, Passing the Time

Here’s an article from ABC News about what a soldier needs in the field. It’s written by someone stationed with troops in Afghanistan. I agree with most of it – mail is super-important while you’re overseas. Chow was a little more difficult for me since I’m a vegetarian, but Katie and her mom sent me […]



Laughter Can be Vital for Deployment Bonding

By • May 13th, 2009 • Category: Combat Stress, Passing the Time, Relationships

Deployments are full of ups and downs but one constant is laughter. Nervous laughter, sarcastic laughter, belly aching laughter and even sorrowful laughter are all experienced while deployed. I strongly encourage everyone to embrace humor and share smiles whenever possible. Often, when you get into country you will find yourself with a new group of […]



Fitness is Essential for Body & Brain

By • Mar 24th, 2009 • Category: Combat Stress, Featured, Passing the Time

One of the most important things I learned about being deployed is that it’s essential to stay physically fit. War is taxing on the body and you may find yourself in a situation where you need your body to be operating at its maximum potential. Though not all soldiers will be carrying bodies from burning buildings or raiding […]



What do Soldiers Want in Packages?

By • Feb 13th, 2009 • Category: Civilian Support, Featured

This is a trickier question then it sounds. A lot depends on what the soldier’s job is and where he/she is working. Most major military forward operating bases have a PX (Post Exchange), where a soldier could buy items like toiletries, snacks and military gear. Most also have internet access and a soldier has the […]



Paul & Mark interviewed in Paper

By • Feb 10th, 2009 • Category: Combat Stress, In the Press

Mark and I and our good friend Bruno were interviewed while we were in Afghanistan. Read the article here.



Telling the Truth: Timing is Everything

By • Feb 8th, 2009 • Category: Communication, Featured, Relationships

During difficult times like deployments we naturally never want to pile on or bring unnecessary stress on each other. Some couples and families choose to censor their experiences both on the homefront and on the front line. There are many degrees of censorship that loved ones practice during deployments and each family must decide what […]



How Paul & Katie Met

By • Jan 29th, 2009 • Category: In the Press

For those of you who ask to hear the story of how Katie & I met… Here’s a story from the Louisiana paper. And a story from the Oregon paper. For the record, we love to tell this story!



Oregon Sentinel profiles Katie

By • Jan 13th, 2009 • Category: Featured, Guard/Reserve Issues, In the Press, Relationships

The Oregon Sentinel did a nice profile on Katie. Click here and scroll to page 4 to see it. I’m so proud of my wife!




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