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Denise Williams

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Column: 22 vet suicides a day -- we need to start listening

That's the official number recorded by the U.S. government but the reality is the count is actually far higher, and we must do something, writer Denise Williams says.

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Column: Senator's claim that PTSD caused plagiarism ridiculous

Sen. John Walsh has said that his condition when he returned from war was the reason he used other people's work in this 2007 master's degree thesis.

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Column: I miss the 'old' me, who I was when my son was alive

Columnist Denise Williams recounts how her life has changed since the death of her son in Afghanistan in 2011.

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Column: Today is National PTSD Awareness Day -- are you aware?

There are so many misconceptions about what post traumatic stress disorder is -- and is not -- so take the time to be educated now.

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Column: Post traumatic stress is not a 'disorder'

It's a treatable problem, and it's time we started acknowledging that and dealing with it as such, columnist Denise Williams says.

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Column: Not all cheering return of Bowe Bergdahl, alleged deserter

Bergdahl made headlines after being returned to U.S. custody after being held captive by the Taliban in Afghanistan for five years, but not everyone agrees it was a good action nor that he should be treated as a hero.

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Column: Memorial Day's for war dead, not mattress sales or remembering Aunt Millie

We shouldn't have to remind people that the meaning of this holiday is to stop and reflect on the sacrifices of those who have paid the ultimate price in service to our nation.

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Column: The "we," "us" and "them" mentality of a military warrior

Do we insult the military by saying "we" when referring to military actions, victories or losses that we didn't actually participate in?

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Column: I just want to be called 'Mom' one more time

Gold Start Mother reflects on the pain of losing her only son to war.

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Column: Vets thanking vets a 'moving' thing to witness

Vietnam vets, such as Joliet-area men Jerry Schoppe and Lawrence Peet, do their bit to recognize servicemen deserving praise and acknowledgment for small -- and large -- actions for our country.

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Column: Dogs proving best treatment for injured vets

Canine companions are especially helpful in giving overtaxed soldiers a break because they'll stand guard while their owners sleep, experts say.

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Column: 'Appreciate' the military by praying for peace

May is National Military Appreciation Month, and these are a few milestones we must never forget as we continue to be a nation at war.