Courage Beyond Blog - posts from individuals and experts who know what it’s like to deal with the challenges of deployment, returning home, and everything else associated with military service.

RUSSELL LEE KLIKA017Welcome to the Courage Beyond blog.  We began out of necessity.  The feelings of isolation that encompass a person experiencing the after effects of trauma are often shrouded in fear and worry.  Stripping away that isolation is the first step toward healing the trauma associated with years of war and military service.

Courage Beyond is dedicated to helping service members, veterans, and their loved ones but we are also about strength through community and creating a network of people who can reach to each other for support.  Discussion and problem solving happen best as a community and we recognize that solutions come through engaging each other, listening, sharing our stories, and understanding each person’s point of reference before we can move forward toward the common goal of healing.  Generations have served our country while their loved ones supported them on the home front and they all have voices worth hearing.  We want to hear from them.

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I Love You So Much

I Love You So Much

This short piece of writing from Ken Jones’ dear wife, Francine, reminds us of the little things we can do to care for our relationships. A kind word goes much farther than many of us know. My husband, Ken, and I leave notes for each…

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Say No this Holiday Season

Say No this Holiday Season

Brace yourselves – the holidays are coming and they’re bringing stress and obligation as well as joy and happiness. Stress is an unavoidable part of life and the holidays are no exception. Years of Norman Rockwell visions of Christmases past have led many of us…

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Four Factors Increase the Odds for Combat PTSD

Four Factors Increase the Odds for Combat PTSD

While participating in a combat debriefing group some years ago a question was posed, “Are there particular kinds of combat experiences that make troops more likely to develop post-traumatic stress?” Over a period of weeks, the members of the group agreed that there were three…

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Veterans Day Reads

Veterans Day Reads

Retire the Colors, Veterans & Civilians on Iraq & Afghanistan edited by Dario DiBattista The Honor was Mine, by Elizabeth Heaney I recently had the pleasure of picking up 2 books written by friends of Courage Beyond. Retire the Colors, Veterans & Civilians on Iraq…

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Guest Blog: Finding Our Words of Recovery

Guest Blog: Finding Our Words of Recovery

Writing Down The Bones is the title of a book that I came across as I was struggling through the resolution of my experience from Vietnam. The book is written by a lady named Natalie Goldberg. What I found so valuable about Natalie’s approach to…

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Guest Blog: 5 Things Loved Ones Need To Know About Combat PTSD

Guest Blog: 5 Things Loved Ones Need To Know About Combat PTSD

Your invisible wounds as a spouse are often unrecognized except by other military and other veteran spouses. Your pain, your anguish, your sense of loss are every bit as real as these feelings are among our combat troops and veterans. It is not only our…

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Her Name is Hope – a Story of More than Surviving

Her Name is Hope – a Story of More than Surviving

Two years ago, Courage Beyond had the pleasure of working with a former service member who is also an inspirational and courageous survivor of sexual and domestic abuse – a survivor appropriately named Hope. She shared with us her experience working with Courage Beyond. Looking…

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Spouse Post: Tribe, by Sebastian Junger

Spouse Post: Tribe, by Sebastian Junger

I sat yesterday on my red couch, reading glasses at the tip of my nose, and read Sebastian Junger’s Tribe. It’s not a long read, nearly 60 pages at the end listing source materials to back up his assertions. It was also not what I…

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Provider Focus: Dr. Roberto Valdez, PhD

Provider Focus: Dr. Roberto Valdez, PhD

As a part of Centerstone Military Services, we are privileged to have access to an extensive network of dedicated providers. These providers are the reason we can reach the most at risk members of our community. They work tirelessly to insure the care provided is…

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Do you know about the SSVF?

Do you know about the SSVF?

In 2010, the estimated number of homeless veterans stood at just under 75,000. At that time, the White House announced its national campaign to end veteran homelessness. By January of 2015, that number had decreased to 48,000. Our partner program under Centerstone Military Services, Supportive…

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