Moving Beyond, “Wounded Warrior”

David Wood, reporter for the Huffington Post, and one who I consider a friend, recently asked me a compelling question- "When does a, 'Wounded Warrior' move past being a, 'Wounded Warrior'? What is that journey like?" I felt that this question begs to also answer, "What can I do if the one I care about is struggling to get past trauma?" I start by trying to help understand what is going on and then
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Holiday Hope to our troops children

Below is a note I sent to an organization called, "Comfort Crew" http://comfortcrew.org/index.html.  This organization is dedicated to supporting the children of deployed service members in any way possible.  During the holiday season they collect inspiring and encouraging messages from around the country to share with these children.  If you feel called to help this cause, please visit their site
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Encouragement for transitioning vets

I still remember it very clearly. Almost a year ago during my last interview, they asked me if I had anything I wanted to add.  All I wanted to say was, “I just want to be part of a motivated team again. I was a soldier; part of the world's most powerful and motivated team. I took some time off to finish my degree, but I miss being part of something that is greater than me. Being part of a team
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VIDEO: Todd’s speech on Capitol Hill – “Finish the Fight”

US Army Master Sergeant (Retired) Todd M. Nelson addressing various congressional staff and medical researchers on the importance to remain diligent in their support of programs that aid wounded veterans in healing and recovering. Effectively applies a correlation of how warrior ethos needs to be used even on capitol hill. Explains how his personal tag line of, "If I don't do it, who will?" applies
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VIDEO: Beyond the Battlefield series – Burned: Todd Nelson

by Adam Kaufman Burned: Todd Nelson from Adam Kaufman on Vimeo. Part 5 of Beyond the Battlefield, a six part original web video series about severely wounded soldiers coming home from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. I shot, produced, and edited this series for AOL Huffington Post Media Group in 2011. In their original form, these videos appeared with accompanying in-depth feature length print
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VIDEO: Operation Military Embrace

Operation Military Embrace, Inc. "Sharing the Cost of Freedom" Remembering Vietnam, "OME" strives to show the wounded military how much the American people appreciate their service and their sacrifices, and to raise the public's awareness of the difficulties and challenges endured by our wounded military and their families. This is accomplished by personal "hands-on" support and by public-speaking
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