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In Case You Missed It -Wellness and the Invisible Wound
In an Open Letter to Warriors, Jake Schick Cpl USMC (Ret) with The Center For BrainHealth sends a compelling message addressing the invisible wounds of war. Please take a look and remember that injuries are not always what we see in front of us. Some carry great stigma which affects the willingness to seek treatment, affecting the prospects for long term recovery.
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) does not have to end lives, careers and families. It does not have to carry negative stigmas. It is treatable.
Our veterans are too important to the future of this country to let unfounded reasons and assumptions get in the way of “what could be”.
Colonel Matthew F. Amidon, USMCR, is the Director of the Military Service Initiative at the George W. Bush Institute. Colonel Amidon leads the day to day efforts of the Military Service Initiative and the team leading our policy and programmatic work on veteran transition.
Colonel Amidon has served in both active duty and reserve capacities since 1994. As an AV-8B Harrier pilot, he deployed in support of both Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom, at the operational and staff level. In his current reserve capacity he serves as the Deputy Group Commander, Marine Aircraft Group 41, 4th Marine Aircraft Wing, Joint Reserve Base Forth Worth, TX.
Recently, Colonel Amidon was appointed by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to the Creating Options for Veterans' Expedited Recovery (COVER) Commission. COVER provides advice to the VA, the President, and Congress, and examines the benefits of integrative treatments for the mental health conditions of veterans. The commission will also analyze the benefits of incorporating complementary and integrative health treatments in non-government affiliated facilities.
Colonel Amidon is originally from Stowe, Vermont and is a graduate of The University of Vermont. He earned his MBA at Southern Methodist University Cox School of Business in 2009. In 2012, he attended The Eisenhower School for National Security and Resource Strategy where he earned a Master of Science. Colonel Amidon is married with three children.Full Bio
We Can All Serve, and We Should
This nation was founded on the ideals of freedom and those freedoms are protected because of those who served on and off the battlefield.
5 Leaders to Watch on International Women’s Day
At the Bush Institute, we are proud to work with strong women leaders who are improving lives around the world.
Always Ask, It May Save a Life
Suicide doesn’t care about your age, gender, rank, status or wealth. It doesn’t care if you’re a Green Beret, Navy Seal, a cook , a medic, or a logistician. Suicide doesn’t care.