Combating Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

Dillion Naslund was a 25 year old veteran having served with the 133rd Regiment and served in Iraq for 4 years and had just come from a 1 year Middle East deployment. Just like other parents, the Naslunds were happy to have their son back home and he also seemed to enjoy being back and sharing time with family and friends. Things soon fell apart with Dillion suffering depression and was eventually diagnosed with PTSD after his family took him to the Veteran Affairs, a stress disorder common among combat returnees, in Dillions case, treatment seemed to have worked, but in hindsight, the Naslunds believe he just got better at hiding his situation from the family, Dillion sent a text to his ex-girlfriend on December 10th who alerted his parents, he was later found dead, he had committed suicide.

Engage America

Following their son’s death, the Naslunds realized many more families were dealing with situations similar to theirs, the Veteran Affairs says roughly 20 veterans commit suicide daily, about 1 death every hour. This statistic is what buoyed the Naslunds to start Engage America, an organization that helps bring together veterans ,their families and friends by offering support programs such as health (mental and medical), education (check more on their website and also help connect them to other veteran care organizations.
If you know any returned veteran who might need their help, or any veteran, you might refer them and have them get help and gun down PTSD.

Military Veterans Take on a Cause to Grow Pot

A Los Angeles internship program for growing marijuana is helping veterans take on a challenging task to overcome PTSD. Although they get to earn money, this program is more personal. This is done in a featureless industrial warehouse located in downtown Los Angeles.

Multiple military veterans spend long days cultivating rows of plants and inspecting leaves and buds of marijuana growing under the orange lights. By the end of the three-month internship dubbed ‘seed to sale’ at the THC Design’s facility, these veterans hope that they can enter the profitable multibillion-dollar marijuana industry with full-time occupations.

During an interview with the BuzzFeed News, a veteran by the name Steven Passmore said that most people are blown away each time he tells them that he is farming pot even though he didn’t smoke even in school. Passmore, a US Army combat aged 35, says that he just explains to everyone that this is his new job.

The THC Design publicized this unique cultivation training program designed for veterans in June. They received over 65 applications. Among the people who sent the applications was a Vietnam veteran aged 71. Seven of the applicants joined the program, with two of them getting full-time employment. Steven Passmore was a natural fit. He is pursuing a botany degree at the Los Angeles City College and is currently experimenting growing cannabis in his small closet. The California law allows one to grow not more than six plants at home.

Fake News On the Way Out

In a little more than a week, five military personnel have paid the ultimate price to maintain America’s freedom and two Federal Government employees have been called on the carpet relative to the election scandal which makes one wonder why it has taken so long for Facebook to shut down a questionably authentic news page devoted to U.S. Vets. when is the American public going to realize that anybody with access to cyberspace can submit items to social media sites and capture multitudes of followers amounting to an estimated 200,000 on Facebook alone. Bets have not been anted yet for how many social media reps will voluntarily sit down with the U.S. Senate and House Intelligence committee members. According to Facebook CEO Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook will be cleaning up its act on her watch.

Rock Star John Fogerty is standing Up for Nam Vets by donating personal funds and calling attention to the almost completed Veterans center in Los Vegas which will offer more just to meet the immediate needs of homeless veterans with a hot meal and a warm place to sleep. This facility, slated to open on Veterans Day November 11. 2017, will offer medical and mental health care as well as avenues to explore for reentry into the workforce.

All Americans need to tune their ears to catch a new song “Love and War” co-written by Fogerty and Brad Paisley that could be a small vehicle on the track of making America great again.

Exploiting Veterans for Profit

Despite the numerous attempts and efforts by the Congress, the Trump administration and state attorney generals to counteract the predatory practices by most of the profit colleges. Service members and veterans who work under the G.I Bill Gates and the defense department to go to school are still under the target by the industry saddling people with useless degrees and debts. According to a recent report by the senate committee, the same warning was issued three years ago in vain. They issued this warning when it came to their attention that there are numerous deceptive practices in the veteran industry. Federal agencies and state attorney generals were investigating seven for-profit companies generating their money from the G.I Bill Gates Foundation. Some of these colleges have shut down their premises.

However, a new scale has been brought forward by the Veteran Education Success. This is one of the few non-profit organizations that offers their legal services to the veteran students at various veteran centers in the United States. This organization found out that the for-profit industry is still working hard to retain their quality and standard in the veteran premises. They are still on sights with the service members and veterans while the non-military enrolment seems to go down each day.

This is a problem that has emerged proficient in the 90/10 rule. This is a rule that was created by the Congress in 1998. This rule also allows the for-profit schools to have more than 90 percent of their profits raised from the federal student’s aid. For this reason, they can use other sources of money to raise the remaining 10 percent of their income. This was a measure taken by the government to prevent the low-quality schools from raising most of their money from the state agencies working to enrich the education standards among the veterans.

Why Veterans Need to Have Access to the Internet

The internet is probably a major part of your life. Most Americans are connected to the internet at home and on-the-go. However, many veterans and military families are lacking access to the internet. The FCC recently announced that they will be reconstructing their Lifeline Program. The Lifeline Program helps low-income families get internet access. Around 12% of Lifeline Program users are veterans. This amounts to 1,300,000 people. This shows us that many veterans and military families are not getting normal internet access. According to The Hill, it is crucial for veterans and military families to be connected to the internet in order to enter the economy.

Veterans deserve to get access to the internet. One common problem that is common for veterans is that they live in rural areas. Around 30% of veterans live in rural areas. In rural areas, broadband internet is not as common. There are so many resources that are made available to veterans after they return from service. However, without access to the internet, it is a lot harder for veterans to find out about these programs and get access to them. In rural areas, television white space can be used instead of broadband to provide internet access. Television white space refers to unused TV cables.

Many activist groups have been working on encouraging the FCC to make sure that veterans have easy access to the internet. It can change the lives of many veterans.

The career and Education Background of James Dondero

James Dondero is a graduate of the University of Virginia. He obtained the highest honors from the school of commerce in addition to a major in Finance and Accounting. James is the co-founder as well as president of the famous Highland Capital. With more than 30 years of experience, James Dondero worked in the Credit and the equity markets where he specialized in the high-yield investing. Sine the year 1993, High Capital Management has been operating in developing Collateralized Loan Obligation (CLO) market and the credit-oriented solutions. Read more at Huffington Post about James Dondero.

In 1984, James Dondero started his career as an analyst in the Morgan Guaranty training program. He then served as the chair of Cornerstone Health center as well as a member of the board at the American Banknote and the MBM Studios. James is an industrious person that has supported an array of initiatives in education, public policy, and community development. Besides, he is one of the Certified Management Accountant (CMA), the designation earned him the right to use the title of a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA).

Mr. James was part of the group that created the GIC subsidiary of protective Life. As the Chief Investment Officer, he assisted in taking the firm from its formation to more than $2 billion in the year between 1989 and 1993. He was a corporate Bond analyst between 1985 and 1989, then a portfolio manager at the American Express.

Under Mr. James Dondero’s tenure, Highland Capital Management has been leading in the development of the collateralized loan obligation (CLO) market as well as advancing in credit-oriented solutions for the institutional and the global retail investors. Highland’s product offered to include the hedge funds, mutual funds, ETFs, REITs, private equity funds, CLOS, separate institutional accounts among others. Follow James on Linkedin.

Mr. James Dondero is also the Chairman as well as president of NexPoint Residential Trust, Inc., Chairman of Nexbank Capital, board member of Jernigan Capital, and MGM Holdings, Inc. Besides, he worked at the Southern Methodist University Cox School of Business Executive Board.

The committed philanthropist, Mr. James is a guy who understands various needs and challenges in the society and the ways to solve them.


Arts in the Armed Forces Connects Veterans with Acting Opportunities for Theatre and Stage

Adam Driver heads a nonprofit that seeks soldiers for the stage. His nonprofit, Arts in the Armed Forces, exists to match military and family members with theatre and acting opportunities in their community. Veterans get to interact with actors, playwrights, and directors. The nonprofit also aims to help service members to eventually produce a play of their own.

His organization has recently announced a $10,000 grant to an ex-service member who will produce a new play. The play, “Jesus Hopped the A Train,” featured a reading with Mark Ruffalo and Laurence Fishburne. This is an exciting development. Driver’s nonprofit is currently reaching out to cadets, women, men, veterans, and current service members to provide a platform and environment where members can tap their inner creativity.

It is all positive and good, as it gives those connected with the military an outlet to make an impact and tell their story. Adam Driver served in the Marine Corps, and later went on to study acting at Juilliard. A goal of his is to help dispel negative perceptions about military-affiliated persons with respect to cultural awareness, sophistication, and appetite for the performing arts.

Achieving this will be a huge plus for everyone, and will certainly benefit soldiers of every stripe and walk of life who participate in the program. It will also be a plus for industry professionals to give back to those who have served to protect America’s freedoms.

More Veterans Using Medical Marijuana to Treat PTSD

The problems connected to post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) have been connected to military veterans seemingly forever, though the actual designation has seen an evolution over that time frame. Much of the medical attention toward this issue over the past few generations have been directed at finding ways to reduce, if not eliminate the problem. That’s because of the very real dangers that can often lead to those veterans taking their own lives.

Legislation in New York that coincided with Veterans Day celebrations is in the process of being finalized that will allow veterans suffering from PTSD to use medical marijuana to treat their problem. Currently, 28 states have already included the disorder within the medical treatment programs that have been established, a number that’s effectively been doubled in just the past three years.

Much of the recent push has been driven by groups that represent veterans’ interests, including the American Legion. While there’s been no definitive studies to show that PTSD can deliver effective results, countless anecdotal cases have shown that the anxiety that many veterans have felt upon their return home has been reduced by having access to medical marijuana.

The inclusion of the American Legion when it comes to the concept’s vocal advocates may seem to be strange to some observers, considering that the organization has long been seen as one that possesses strong conservative roots. However, the organization agreed to lobby for greater use when members specifically noted the aid they had been receiving from such usage.

Mighty Fortress Church:A Vibrant, Dynamic Minnesota Religious Institution

Minnesota has many beautiful and unique churches with incredible architecture and rich history. They range from old and historic to simple and modern. Stearns County alone has 52 gorgeous Catholic churches.

One of the most outstanding is the elaborate Cathedral of the Holy Trinity in New Ulm. Built in 1896, it features Baroque-style architecture, gold-trimmed columns and a clock tower atop its central steeple. The Church of the Sacred Heart in Freeport is the church with the most ornate interior in Stearns County. The Minneapolis landmark Basilica of St. Mary, Minneapolis was built using Baroque and Beaux-Arts architecture. Its interior is ornate and wonderfully detailed. The Cathedral of St. Paul is Minnesota’s most beautiful church. Modeled after the churches in Paris, the Cathedral has a 186-foot dome and Classical and French Renaissance themes. Constructed in the early 1900s, it’s the United States’ third largest church. View the interactive map at

Mighty Fortress Church is a well-known Minnesota Christian institution. It’s a place people visit when they want somewhere safe to gain deeper knowledge of and develop a personal relationship with Christ and build meaningful, lasting relationships with other Christians.

Mighty Fortress Church changes lives through worship and practical Bible teaching. They offer authentic worship services as well as relevant biblical messages for living in modern times. Their goal is to build a multi-dimensional dynamic ministry focused on powerful worship as well as victorious Christian living.


Mighty Fortress Church provides Christians with services and a welcoming, comfortable, nurturing place where they can feel the presence of God and hear His life-changing word. At Mighty Fortress Church they believe everyone is important and encourage people to come as they are, have an enjoyable experience and contribute to the Christian fellowship.

Bishop T. R. Williams is senior pastor, founder and president of Mighty Fortress International Church and Ministries. Active in ministry for more than three decades, he has served the church in many different capacities. A ministerial graduate of Tulsa, Oklahoma based Rhema Bible Training Center, Bishop Williams also a BA in Mass Communications and an MA in Organizational Leadership. He is a husband and father of three. Visit Yelp to write a review about Mighty Fortress Church.

Ed Sheeran’s “Game Of Thrones” Cameo Remains News Days Later

As the days since the return of “Game of Thrones” tick by it is difficult to remember when any casting choice was so hotly debated than that of singer Ed Sheeran making his way to Westeros and appearing in the world’s largest show for no other reason than because he could do so. In contrast, the acting debut of One Direction’s Harry Styles has been praised by critics and shows the different options open to singers who are looking to extend their careers into the world of acting.

Nylon reports the casting process has much to do with the difference in reception for the two stars as they have made an impact in very different ways for their acting debuts in critically acclaimed productions. Styles appears in Christopher Nolan’s “Dunkirk”, which tells the story of the British Expeditionary Force that was stranded on the beaches of Dunkirk and left at the mercy of the Nazi German forces in the opening forays of World War II. The appearance of Styles in the critically acclaimed movie comes after director Nolan stated he had no idea who the former One Direction member was and cast him solely on the strength of his auditions.

Ed Sheeran has faced such a sharp backlash against his “Game of Thrones” appearance that he went so far as to delete his Twitter account after appearing in the show as a soldier singing a song. Sheeran follows members of Snow Patrol and Sugar Rios in appearing in “Game of Thrones”, but few have had such a divisive effect on the fans of any show as that of the British singer.