Tag Archives: Ken Olsen

Quiet Crisis: In the shadow of a record number of military suicides, spouses and children are also taking their own lives

By Ken Olsen (Copyright 2013, All Rights Reserved) Her husband suffered a skull-shattering bullet wound in Iraq. She lost her job. Her car was repossessed. A psychiatrist misdiagnosed her then threatened to commit her if she didn’t take medication that … Continue reading

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The Gift of Arms: After years of waiting Iraq veteran Brendan Marrocco is celebrating a successful bilateral transplant

By Ken Olsen (Copyright 2013/All Rights Reserved) Brendan Marrocco has new arms. Nearly four years after an armor‑piercing roadside bomb claimed all four of his limbs, Brendan became the first person in the United States to receive such an extensive bilateral arm transplant. … Continue reading

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Veterans potentially exposed to toxic waste at nearly 140 military bases

By Ken Olsen (Copyright 2013/ All Rights Reserved)  From Marine Corps Air Station El Toro in California to Fort McClellan, Ala., there are nearly 140 U.S. military bases on the federal government’s roster of toxic waste sites. This is a … Continue reading

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Frank Kowalski’s forgotten war: In the mid-’50s, Kowalski and hundreds of other U.S. soldiers were sent to a largely unknown country called Vietnam

By Ken Olsen (Copyright 2013, All Rights Reserved) The Pentagon didn’t acknowledge Frank Kowalski’s tour in Southeast Asia for more than 40 years. Some of his fellow veterans still don’t. Kowalski was handed orders for Vietnam on his 19th birthday … Continue reading

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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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For Air Force veteran, challenge trumps comfort

By Ken Olsen (Copyright 2012/All Rights Reserved) Nicole Green walked away from her secure six-figure salary at a Washington consulting firm for a far more austere and uncertain future at Team Rubicon. That says everything about the quality of people … 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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