Dave Rocker: U.S. Army Personalizes Mental Healthcare

In the last decade we’ve seen a dramatic increase in the number of veterans and servicemen and women struggling with combat-related mental illness and behavioral health conditions. The U.S. Army and Department of Veterans Affairs have been forced to confront the ubiquity and growing prevalence of mental illness in military. As the concept of precision [...]

By |2017-06-19T15:12:27+00:00January 17th, 2017|Blog, Veterans|0 Comments

Dave Rocker: 5 Ways Veterans Continue to Serve

Back in February 2015, the Joint Chiefs of Staff signed a letter urging transitioning military servicemen and women to continue serving the nation as civilians in their communities and their new jobs. The letter, which is now referred to as “The Call to Continued Service,” was intended as a rallying call for veterans to seize [...]

By |2017-06-19T15:12:27+00:00January 12th, 2017|Blog, Veterans|0 Comments

Dave Rocker: For U.S. Troops, Military Mail Delivers Holiday Cheer

Throughout American history, our military and postal service have worked together to deliver mail under challenging—and often extreme—circumstances. Whether they’re receiving letters at headquarters or in hostile territory, on a submarine or in the desert, to U.S. troops mail call represents a vital connection to home. Back in 2011, the Smithsonian National Postal Museum celebrated [...]

By |2017-07-19T20:31:22+00:00December 13th, 2016|Blog, Veterans|0 Comments

Dave Rocker: PTSD Plagues Guantánamo Bay Military Personnel

For years, investigative journalists have tried to obtain information from the U.S. Armed Forces about the military prison which is located on the U.S. Naval Base in Guantánamo Bay, Cuba. Reporters and mental health researchers’ questions about incidences of post-traumatic stress among U.S. military personnel who work at Guantánamo prison were deflected, or went unanswered. [...]

By |2017-07-19T20:29:14+00:00November 29th, 2016|Blog, Veterans|0 Comments

Dave Rocker: Why Americans Observe Veterans Day

How did Veterans Day come to be? Why do Americans observe Veterans Day on November 11th? Why do Americans confuse Memorial Day and Veterans Day? As the title of the holiday suggests, Veterans Day formally acknowledges the men and women who’ve served in our Armed Forces. Beyond that association, however, most Americans are not especially knowledgeable when it comes to [...]

By |2017-06-19T15:12:27+00:00November 11th, 2016|Blog, Veterans|0 Comments

Dave Rocker: Thanksgiving For U.S. Military Troops

As our 16th U.S. President, Abraham Lincoln freed American slaves and worked to preserve our fledgling country during its darkest, civil war-torn days. In addition to these historical achievements, many Americans are unaware that Lincoln is also responsible for making Thanksgiving an officially recognized, nationally observed holiday. Although Thanksgiving was informally observed in the thirteen [...]

By |2017-06-19T15:12:27+00:00October 28th, 2016|Blog, Veterans|0 Comments

Dave Rocker: Rio 2016: Vets Compete on U.S. Paralympic Team

The 2016 Paralympic Games drew to a close last weekend. Sunday’s closing ceremonies in Rio paid homage to cyclist Bahman Golbarnezhad, a member of the 2016 Iranian Paralympic Cycling Team, who died last week after crashing his bike during a race. The tragedy in Rio was felt acutely within the community of Paralympic athletes, and marred an otherwise joyous and celebratory two-week [...]

By |2017-07-19T20:25:05+00:00September 19th, 2016|Blog|0 Comments

Dave Rocker: What Military Training Can Teach Us About Leadership & Productivity

  Does military experience translate into leadership and business savvy? According to researchers at Northwestern’s Kellogg School of Business, organizations run by CEOs with military experience perform better than those led by CEOs who never served. In fact, many renowned leaders in the business world have military backgrounds, including Johnson & Johnson’s Alex Gorsky, FedEx CEO Frederick Smith, [...]

By |2017-06-19T15:12:27+00:00August 30th, 2016|Blog, Productivity, Veterans|0 Comments

Dave Rocker: For Vets in Need of Healing, Novel Treatments for Depression and PTSD

While introducing the Experimental Medicine Initiative at a recent conference, Thomas Insel, the director of National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), criticized both antidepressant medications and psychotherapy for their high rates of failure. Insel says the currently available interventions for mental illness are “woefully inadequate” and is frustrated by a “lack of progress” when it comes to [...]

By |2017-06-19T15:12:27+00:00August 10th, 2016|Blog|0 Comments