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Some people may be at greater risk for suicide during COVID-19 pandemic

Some people may be at greater risk for suicide during COVID-19 pandemic

Financial strain and other factors may cause greater suicide risk, especially among men, but there are ways to combat suicide. That is why I am sharing the story of my loss. Read More

Ellen DeGeneres and George W. Bush’s friendship is what makes America great

Ellen DeGeneres and George W. Bush’s friendship is what makes America great

What has become of the America we once knew? Former Pennsylvania Sen. Arlen Specter once said: “We don’t need holy wars. What we need is tolerance and brotherhood and simple humanity.” Sen. Specter’s words could not be more relevant today as we become more and more polarized from one another, and less tolerant of those who don’t agree with us. Read More

Memorial Day can be traumatic for veterans

Memorial Day can be traumatic for veterans

Memorial Day can often be a lonely and troubling time for veterans and wounded warriors. While they survived the trauma of war and their injuries, many are haunted by the memories of their fallen brothers and sisters, making the holiday particularly painful. Read More

Pres. George H.W. Bush taught me how to care about all people, even those I disagree with

Pres. George H.W. Bush taught me how to care about all people, even those I disagree with

My first encounter with George H.W. Bush, leader of the free world? At a barbecue for press photographers on the South Lawn of the White House in 1989. Read More

How a meeting with Barbara Bush taught me not to take myself too seriously

How a meeting with Barbara Bush taught me not to take myself too seriously

I met Barbara Bush in 1989 when she agreed to host a children's radio show, Mrs. Bush's Story Time — first conceived by Philadelphia's own Children's Literacy Initiative. Read More

Analysis/Opinion: Vets and Pets: Wounded Warriors and the Animals That Help Them Heal

Analysis/Opinion: Vets and Pets: Wounded Warriors and the Animals That Help Them Heal

Dava Guerin and Keven Ferris, the authors of “Unbreakable Bonds: The Mighty Moms and Wounded Warriors of Walter Reed,” have published another fine book about wounded veterans and their supporters. Read More

How these animals helped heal wounded warriors

How these animals helped heal wounded warriors

During the Revolutionary War’s Battle of Germantown in 1777, a terrier was spotted wandering on the boundary between the British and the Americans. George Washington, a longtime dog owner, cleaned and fed the pup, and identified him by his tag as belonging to British Gen. William Howe. Believing that the love of a pet transcended the hatred of war, Washington called a brief truce, and returned the dog to the enemy general. Read More

Honor heroes on the homefront this Veterans Day

Honor heroes on the homefront this Veterans Day

We’ve been privileged to be part of the lives of some of the most catastrophically injured young men and women who have lost arms, legs, and so much more fighting terrorism. The Congressional Budget Office estimates that there have been 50,000 service members wounded in action in Iraq and Afghanistan since the War on Terror began. Nearly 4,000 have died, more than 1,000 lost limbs, 320,000 suffer from traumatic brain injuries, and 250,000 have post-traumatic stress disorder. It is estimated that 22 commit suicide every day. Read More

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