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Paving the Road Back, with Dr. Rod Deaton
16 minutes | Apr 24, 2016
PTRB #040: The Slide Show
Doc goes back into the blog archives to find a piece about a young combat veteran who dared to take a chance that an encounter could turn into something hopeful—and who offered Doc in return a slide show that spoke more about simple hope than any journal article could ever do, proving again that the vet, like so many of his peers, still had what it took to do what needed to be done.
7 minutes | Apr 5, 2016
PTRB #039: The Zombies' Discharge Papers
Zombies. And combat vets. Together. Serious? Indeed. Doc shares the latest perhaps not from Hollywood, but at least from Sundance, as we consider together how creativity and good times can come together to make a “veteran film” that proves once and for all that if you’re a combat vet, you’ve got what it takes to do what needs to be done. And remember: the first bite’s always the hardest.
7 minutes | Mar 19, 2016
PTRB #03: Worthy of Notice
Civilians often find it surprising that many war veterans can feel that they didn’t “do enough” to warrant the emotional struggles they sometimes find themselves having after their return home. Doc introduces us to a United Air Force officer who has entertained just such thoughts—and who has wisely come to the conclusion that all combat vets, no matter what their jobs, deserve missions and connections worth looking for, striving, and living for.
6 minutes | Mar 12, 2016
PTRB #037: Greatness for All
Combat veterans of World War II have been called “The Greatest Generation.” Doc explains how one combat vet of Operation Iraqi Freedom has come to understand not only what “greatness” means for those who have served, but also for those who should be welcoming them home, whether seventy years ago, forty years ago, or last week.
6 minutes | Mar 8, 2016
PTRB #036: Masks That Unmask
Can masks tell us truths that otherwise would lie hidden? Doc highlights a program at Walter Reed National Medical Center in the US that encourages combat vets to use papier-mâché masks to express what they fear putting into words so that they can continue moving forward into missions and connections worth looking for, striving for, and living for.
5 minutes | Feb 28, 2016
PTRB #035: Taking It to the Slopes
Before winter winds itself down in the Northern Hemisphere, Doc takes us on one more cold-weather ride, this time with combat vets who have found downhill skiing to be the way to prove to themselves and to the world that they still have what it takes to do what needs to be done.
7 minutes | Feb 28, 2016
PTRB #034: Reeling It In
Ever had a hankerin’ for a mighty fine day o’ fishin’? Doc takes us through fishing stories as varied as those of Andy Griffith and Ernest Hemingway to introduce us to a group of bass fisherman who are doing what it takes to help combat vets find quieter lives along the banks of rivers and lakes throughout the US.
7 minutes | Feb 28, 2016
PTRB #033: It's the Story, Mate
Doc takes us back down to Australia and introduces us to a group and an international author who are working to help combat vets put their war stories into words that demonstrate, no matter how simply or how complexly, that there are still missions and connections worth looking for, striving for, and living for.
6 minutes | Feb 23, 2016
PTRB #032: News Ne'er to Pass Away
What really happens both during and after War? What do service members experience during and after? Doc finds a website dedicated to bringing together the best of “trauma reporting” so that both these questions, two sides of the same coin, can continually be asked, answered, debated, asked and answered, again and again.
6 minutes | Feb 21, 2016
PTRB #031: For the Birds
Still think that parrots are good primarily for pirate flicks and open-air bars on the beach? Think again. Doc introduces us to a program at the West Los Angeles VA Medical Center that is helping injured and forgotten birds meet injured and sometimes-forgotten combat vets, allowing both to connect and find emotional healing, no matter at what squawk level.
6 minutes | Feb 19, 2016
PTRB #030: Elmo's Deployment
All right, be honest: who isn’t a big fan of Sesame Street’s Elmo? Doc show us that service members and combat vets can not only be big fans, but count on him and the folks from the Sesame Workshop to help them prepare their children for deployments and ease everyone back into family life after Mom or Dad comes home, proving that even if your fur is orange and you speak of yourself in the third-person, you can still have what it takes to do what needs to be done!
6 minutes | Feb 16, 2016
PTRB #029: Going to the Wolves
Sure, you’ve heard of a “man and his dog,” but “a man and his wolf”? Doc takes us to the wilds of the mountains of southern California to meet a group that is committed to reminding combat vets that they still have what it takes by introducing them to dogs who live between “the wild” and “the civilized.”
7 minutes | Feb 13, 2016
PTRB #028: The Maharishi's Back
So, be honest: would you have ever imagined a combat veteran doing Transcendental Meditation? Doc introduces us to recent work showing how TM might improve the lives of combat vets with PTSD and reminds us that there might be many ways still to pursue missions and connections worth looking for, striving for, and living for.
6 minutes | Feb 11, 2016
PTRB #027: Shukraan for Your Service
In times of multinational conflict, finding someone who has a knack for languages can be a godsend. Such persons can not only help you save face in dicey situations: as some combat vets have discovered, they can literally save your life. Doc today introduces us to a US organization committed never to forgetting those who have risked their lives by sharing their language, those who did—and spoke—what needed to be done.
7 minutes | Feb 9, 2016
PTRB #026, It's Supermom, Mate!
Let’s take a quick trip down to Australia to meet a “flight attendant” who has done far more than point out the locations of the exits in her day. Doc introduces us to a Royal Australian Air Force veteran who not only survived combat missions, but who also works every day to live out with her family, her fellow vets, and her fellow citizens that she is committed to all person’s developing what it takes to do what needs to be done.
7 minutes | Feb 4, 2016
PTRB #025: Desert Sands at 25 Years
Remember Operation Desert Storm? After twenty-five years, more people should. Doc introduces a blogger who cannot forget his experiences in the Kuwaiti-Iraqi desert, yet who is using his words and his smarts to create a new life for himself as one who still has what it takes to get done what needs to get done.
7 minutes | Feb 2, 2016
PTRB #024: Guilt, Smiles & In-Between
Can there ever really be laughter after War? Doc introduces two men who have known the grief of loss, but who nevertheless believe that humor and hard work remain important ways to remember well-respected, fallen comrades and to prove that there are still missions and connections worth living for—and smiling about.
4 minutes | Feb 1, 2016
PTRB #023, Mr. Potato Head’s Christmas
Need a little Holiday cheer for the February blues? So do many service members—as they do at the Holidays themselves. Doc takes us back to the pre-Holiday, deployment “rush” to show us that even in the midst of War, it is possible (with slight alterations, of course) to do and enjoy what needs to be done.
5 minutes | Jan 31, 2016
PTRB #022: Semper English
So what’s a college student in Baghdad to do in 2003 to pick up some extra bucks? Work at Target? Doc introduces us to a woman who had what it took to serve as an Arabic interpreter for Coalition troops, only then to show that she also had what it took not only to come to the US, but also to enlist in the United States Marine Corps.
6 minutes | Jan 30, 2016
FPTRB #021: Return to the Waves
Before, it was the waves of Cornwall, England. Now, it’s those of San Diego, USA. Doc introduces us to two men, one of whom became a Navy SEAL, who returned to surf the waves of their childhood, and in doing so, a combat vet found that he still had what it takes and that he could help other vets find that as well.
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