| Nov 10, 2013
His was the last face I saw, the final voice I heard before I stepped backward off the 100-foot cliff.
Even now, nearly two decades later, I can envision his weathered features and wispy white hair, and I can recall much of what he said. My fear, he...
| Oct 31, 2013
| 4:30 PM
The documentary "Not Yet Begun to Fight" follows war veterans on the mend from different physical and psychological traumas as they take up fly fishing. Retired Marine Col. Eric Hastings, a Vietnam vet, co-founded the Warriors & Quiet Waters Foundation, a...
| Oct 27, 2013
Re "New tactics on mentally ill inmates," Oct. 24
It is distressing to read a correctional psychiatrist's assertion that psychotic prisoners "would have no memory" of being repeatedly pepper-sprayed and "have a higher than average threshold for pain...
| Nov 10, 2013
| 10:42 PM
“My vision here today is to at least reach out to one vet who is suffering,” said Iraq war veteran Tom Woods during a speech he gave while standing in the shadow of the USS Iowa in San Pedro, Ca. on Saturday afternoon. Scanning the crowd,...
| Sep 10, 2013
Re "A soldier's wife," Sept. 8
On a beautiful Sunday morning, I read The Times' front-page article about the widening attack plans for Syria and was emotionally overwhelmed. Then I read the story about the wife of an Iraq war veteran struggling with...
| Sep 10, 2013
| 6:00 AM
“A Soldier’s Wife” in Sunday’s Times, the story of an Iraq war veteran’s struggles, moved readers with its stark narrative by Christopher Goffard and photography by Rick Loomis.
The story, which Goffard and Loomis spent a...
| Oct 3, 2013
| 12:30 PM
The first person in the Bible to take a life, Cain, was cursed by the Lord. Was he turned into a pillar of salt, like Lot's wife, or sent plagues like the Pharaoh? No. "You will be a restless wanderer on the earth," God decreed.
| Sep 30, 2013
| 6:10 AM
When members of Team Capitol DC began their Solar Decathlon project two years ago, they were struck by the troubles facing recently returned veterans, some of whom were homeless. The team's Harvest Home is meant to be part of the solution: It will serve...
| Oct 11, 2013
Re "Healing Sgt. Warren," Oct. 6
As I read this story, my heart lurched with its only fractional understanding of the ache that belongs to Jonathan Warren, Scott Stephenson, their families and military peers. But these are the grievances that...
| Sep 27, 2013
| 12:21 PM
Veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder and other psychological diagnoses end up living in the streets because they're too disabled to seek help, advocates have long argued.
The answer, they say, is permanent supportive housing, with medical,...
| Oct 6, 2013
| 5:00 AM
Jonathan Warren walks through the maze of corridors until he finds the little room. Anxiously, he puts on the earphones and adjusts the wraparound visor. The image before him is crude: Road, desert, truck.
Describe that day, his therapist says.