Posts Tagged ‘PTSD’

I wish people would stop assuming combat-related PTSD every time some veteran commits a violent crime. Veterans are representative of the country they serve; some are sterling citizens, some are rotten bags of snail crap. I personally am not aware of a single active shooter who had combat-related PTSD. Cho, the Virginia Tech murderer, never […]


A few weeks back I wrote this essay for BreachBangClear. http://www.breachbangclear.com/site/10-blog/632-ptsd-fakers-and-frauds-and-wtaf.html In the essay, I discussed something that seems pretty obvious to me and a lot of other vets: many veterans are using fake PTSD claims to milk the system for a free monthly handout. That makes it harder for veterans with legitimate problems to […]


Doing something a little different today, guys. I’m just learning how this whole Search Engine Optimization thing works, and apparently I’ve been stealing views from the sites I write for by reposting my essay here. So I’m just going to put up the first paragraph of my most recent essay, and ask you to please […]


This essay was published by Iron Mike Magazine on October 31st, 2013. http://ironmikemag.com/face-to-face-with-a-hero-71-years-after-his-death/ —————————————————————————— I recently received photos of a man I have always had tremendous respect for. I heard his name many times as a young child. I sometimes felt family members grow uncomfortable when I prodded them for details about his life, and […]


This is the third post I’ve written in response to Lauren Kay Johnson’s Glamour Magazine essay about her struggle to adjust after Afghanistan. http://chrishernandezauthor.com/2013/10/07/veterans-defeating-ourselves-with-the-medias-help/ http://chrishernandezauthor.com/2013/10/10/update-on-lauren-kay-johnson-af-veteran/ For reasons which I think are obvious, Johnson’s essay had a far larger impact than she expected. And rightfully so; she unintentionally illustrated a stark contrast inside our military. This […]


A few days ago I published a post about Lauren Kay Johnson, an Air Force veteran of the War on Terror (http://chrishernandezauthor.com/2013/10/07/veterans-defeating-ourselves-with-the-medias-help/). The Daily Mail newspaper in the UK had written a story about her problems adjusting after her Afghanistan deployment. It also said she had a “milder form of PTSD”, and provided a list […]


A couple of days ago I read an article from the UK’s Daily Mail. It was about a young American veteran, Lauren Kay Johnson, and how service in Afghanistan affected her. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-2443741/Female-officer-service-Afghanistan-took-emotional-toll.html Since returning home three years ago, she’s lost interest in many things she used to enjoy. She feels like life here is trivial […]


Today I saw the Oregon State Patrol video of the traffic stop shooting between Trooper Matt Zistel and a driver named John Van Allen. It’s an interesting video, worth a quick analysis for lessons that can be applied both to law enforcement personnel and armed citizens. In a nutshell, here’s what happened: Trooper Zistel stops […]


This was published by BreachBangClear in two parts on September 17th and 18th. http://www.breachbangclear.com/site/10-blog/485-should-we-award-purple-hearts-for-ptsd.html http://www.breachbangclear.com/site/10-blog/486-should-we-award-purple-hearts-for-ptsd-part-ii.html Yes, it’s a long essay. But some things can’t be explained in a short blurb. Especially something this close to my heart. ————————————————————————— SHOULD WE AWARD PURPLE HEARTS FOR PTSD? No, we shouldn’t. I came home from Afghanistan angry and […]


This essay was published March 24th 2013 by the Austin American Statesman. http://www.statesman.com/news/news/opinion/veteran-reports-of-recruitment-tricks-and-trauma-m/nWxRF/ Veteran: Reports of recruitment tricks and trauma misleading By Chris Hernandez Two years ago I attended a presentation by a woman who advocates “selective conscientious objector” status. In other words, she believes service members should be able to say, “I’ll go to […]



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