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Upside Down Lives: Spouses and parents of severely injured veterans struggle under weight of 24/7 caregiving

By Ken Olsen (Copyright 2012/All Rights Reserved) By the time Debbie Schulz got help, she had been her wounded son’s full-time caregiver for more than six years. She had lost her husband, her teaching career and her retirement. She lay … Continue reading

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Mission Possible: Team Rubicon’s rapid response to natural disasters gives combat veterans the challenge they crave

By Ken Olsen (Copyright 2012 / All Rights Reserved) The moment he saw the destruction on TV in January 2010, former Marine scout-sniper Jake Wood knew he had to get to Haiti. He called a few friends, posted a quick … Continue reading

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When doing everything right isn’t enough: A Marine’s suicide shows that even the unlikeliest veteran can fall through the cracks.

By Ken Olsen (Copyright 2011, All Rights Reserved)  Of all the questions raised by Clay Hunt’s suicide, perhaps the most perplexing is this: why did a 28-year-old former Marine who was receiving VA health care, taking medications for post-traumatic stress … Continue reading

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Tireless warrior: Kristy Kaufmann fights for military families

By Ken Olsen (Copyright 2010, All Rights Reserved) For more than three years, Kristy Kaufmann has been one of the most prominent voices warning that too many of the nation’s military families are quietly crumbling. The wife of a battalion … Continue reading

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From Blue Star to Gold: For military spouses and families, death changes everything

Part III Quickly forgotten, families of the fallen struggle with loss, loneliness By Ken Olsen (Copyright 2010, All Rights Reserved) Shellie Smith buried her husband near Clayton, N.C. Army 1st Lt. Justin Smith could have been laid to rest at … Continue reading

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America’s Forgotten Military Families: Nine years of non-stop deployments, exhaustion, anticipatory grief — with no end in sight

Part I Op-tempo from hell By Ken Olsen (Copyright 2010/All rights reserved) On a girls’ night out near Fort Bragg, N.C., Rebekah Sanderlin and her friends went around their circle and talked about which antidepressant each of them was taking. … Continue reading

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