Edmonds Military Wire: Documentary ‘Wartorn’ explores impact of PTSD

By Michael Schindler “The real war began when I got home.” This statement has stuck with me for a number of years. I was interviewing a soldier and his wife for the Operation Military Family book and he was describing his experiences in theater – which at the early stages of Iraq were not pretty…

Edmonds Military Wire: Wounded journalist, wife reach out to veterans with TBI

By Michael Schindler New York Times best-selling author Lee Woodruff had a wake-up call no wife ever wants to have. Her husband, award-winning journalist Bob Woodruff, suffered a severe injury from a roadside bomb while covering military actions in Iraq. Their journey to recovery, which has garnered critical acclaim for being both compelling and humorous, is chronicled…

Edmonds Military Wire: Michelle Obama initiative aimed at supporting military families

By Michael Schindler Military spouses and dependents are the inspiration behind an initiative launched in mid-April by First Lady Michelle Obama. The mission of “Joining Forces” is to make more Americans aware of the challenges facing military families, and to highlight ways communities, organizations and businesses are helping these families. Nearly 50 specific commitments have…

Edmonds Military Wire: Is America in Crisis?

By Michael Schindler For many, the answer to the question, “Is America in Crisis” has an obvious answer. “Look around,” some will say. States are broke, the Federal government is broke, the middle class is getting squeezed, more than 43 million Americans are on some form of government assistance – oh, and there is a…

Edmonds Military Wire: Are suicide prevention programs effective?

By Michael Schindler As mentioned in a previous post, we are exploring what, if anything, can be done to prevent suicides in the military. The stats show an increase in suicides across all branches – most notably the Army and Marines, followed by Air Force and Navy. Most troubling are the increased suicides among our…

Edmonds Military Wire: Who dies by suicide in the military

By Michael Schindler The headlines depict an epidemic occurring within our military. Not a day goes by that there isn’t some publication highlighting the increase in suicides among our nation’s finest warriors. RAND Center for Military Health Policy Research, a joint endeavor of RAND Health and the RAND National Defense Institute, conducted a thorough investigation…

Edmonds Military Wire: Being called up to active duty? Take advantage of the SCRA

By Michael Schindler What do you do if you receive the call stating your unit, Battalion or Brigade is getting activated? Aside from putting all your personal affairs in order, check into the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act. The Servicemember’s Civil Relief Act (SCRA) expanded and improved the former Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Civil Relief Act (SSCRA)….

Columnist Michael Schindler named ‘Superhero for Washington Families’

Congratulations to My Edmonds News columnist Michael Schindler, who has been named by ParentMap magazine as a 2011 Superhero for Washington Families. The announcement appears in the monthly magazine’s April issue. Schindler, a Navy veteran who writes the weekly Edmonds Military Wire, was honored for his work with Operation Military Family, an Edmonds-based organization he founded to strengthen…

Edmonds Military Wire: Family member deployed? Great event April 5

By Michael Schindler For those of you in the Puget Sound/Seattle area who have a deployed family member, mark your calendars to attend the Deployed Families Group at JBLM Tuesday, April 5 from 5:30-8 p.m. Carolyn Clanton, who heads this group of family members, is making their monthly event open to all branches of service…

Edmonds Military Wire: Fundraiser to expand golf course for wounded vets

By Michael Schindler Truth be told, I’m not much of a golfer. I am truly that guy who, if I were to “practice my golf swing,” would only be reinforcing a really bad golf swing. But this “Surrender Your Booty” event, which will benefit the American Lake Veterans Golf Course, will help many wounded and…

Edmonds Military Wire: Area families experiencing ‘Operation Baby Boom’

By Michael Schindler There was a saying in World War II that when sailors were asked by reporters what they would do when they first got home, they would reply, “Make love to my wife.” When asked what they’d do next, they’d respond, “Drop my duffle bag.” It seems the results of multiple deployments and…

Edmonds Military Wire: March 4 summit aimed at military kids and families

By Michael Schindler The fourth annual Washington State Military Kids and Families Summit will focus on providing needed resources to military children and the people who support them. The event, open to military families, educators, community leaders and the public, is March 4 in Tacoma.  Workshops include how children cope with deployment, transitions, and reunions….

Edmonds Military Wire: Sen. Murray wants to hear from you on veterans issues

By Michael Schindler Regardless of your politics, if you are a veteran in the state of Washington, you likely appreciate the work and effort Sen. Patty Murray has put toward veterans’ issues. Washington state is home to the six largest population of veterans and is often on the progressive edge of trying new programs that will…

Edmonds Military Wire: Deserving military spouses need your vote

By Michael Schindler The unsung heroes in today’s military are often the spouses who remain at home. No question that our men and women who serve on the frontlines are heroes; simply because they have chosen to serve our country in a way that most have not. But the spouses, they too deserve much recognition…

Edmonds Military Wire: Changing lives, removing scars – Iraq Star Foundation

By Michael Schindler The improvements in medicine, combat trauma training and body armor have saved thousands of our service members’ lives. Injuries that were once classified as fatal are now recoverable. We’ve come a long way from wars of the past. What some have yet to realize is that while more of our service members…

Edmonds Military Wire: the TSA vs. 233 Soldiers, a true story

By Michael Schindler One of the benefits of my profession is being able to hear from service members and their families all across the country, if not across the world at times. This next story is a personal recount of events, brought to my attention by Sgt. Tracy. It is so ridiculous (which explains the…

Edmonds Military Wire: How to recognize traumatic brain injury

My Edmonds News introduces Edmonds resident Michael Schindler, a Navy veteran and president of Operation Military Family, whose weekly column will focus on information for local veterans and their families. By Michael Schindler Most, if not all, of us either know of someone who has experienced some form of combat trauma or has read the…