Author Archives: Gary Alexander

About Gary Alexander

Volunteer coordinator for veterans support network in North Texas. Now retired from his private psychotherapy practice, I specialized in the diagnosis and treatment posttraumatic stress, working with victim assistance programs, veterans and the Veterans Administration for over 20 years. After being wounded in action in Vietnam, I was medically retired from the Marine Corps and know first hand many of the readjustment difficulties and psychological stresses experienced by today's OIF and OEF veterans. I am available, at minimal cost, to speak at your functions on several subjects including veterans issues, Vietnam, the Medal of Honor, Posttraumatic Stress Disorder and critical incident debriefings.

Burned Bridges……

  Burned Bridges…. Not since Screamin’ Howie Dean has a presidential aspirant’s career ended more abruptly than that of Sen. Ted Cruz; even very strong supporters like Sara Palin and Laura Ingraham and virtually all Tea Party members, ended their … Continue reading

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He who pays the piper calls the tune

Last night during the Super Bowl I found myself in a pitched Face Book battle in which I was one again cast as Leonidas in the narrow pass of Thermopylae with scant few fellow Spartans. At the mouth of the … Continue reading

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In war there are the “lucky” and then there is Steve Young

“The reason my responses are limited is because I am at work. Some of us weren’t lucky enough to be war heroes, so we still have to work for a living instead of being able to rely on a monthly … Continue reading

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‘Fury’ heightens the bar of war cinema

What “Saving Private Ryan” did for the frontal assault and combat realism, and “Das Boot” did for the suffocating horror of dying in small, enclosed spaces and what “Platoon” posited about struggling to retain ones humanity and soul while taking … Continue reading

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Our Flag …. “a living thing.”

In this digital, disconnected age of “me… me… me”, I mourn the loss of true patriotism in my country. We have a president who initially refused to wear a flag lapel pin, didn’t bring hand to heart during the National Anthem and … Continue reading

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As far as I’m concerned… it’s a man’s world

  A couple of days ago I willingly engaged in a back-and-forth with a long ago public school friend of mine when he popped up on Facebook as he does every few months. Steve (his real name) is a classic, … Continue reading

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“Nothing on TV”?? You haven’t been looking.

As a movie maven and serious television drama critic, I offer the following for my friends, some of whom claim–despite cable, satellite, Netflix, universal remotes, DVRs, newspapers, Google, and rabbit-ear antennas and tin foil–they don’t know when the following shows … Continue reading

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‘Lone Survivor’: A Rorschach Test for the left

(The SEAL team, led by LT Michael P. Murphy and consisting of petty officers Danny Dietz, Matthew Axelson, and Marcus Luttrell, were on a mission to kill or capture Ahmad Shah, a Taliban leader who commanded a group of insurgents known as the “Mountain Tigers,” west of Asadabad.) The following is … Continue reading

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Respect… a two-way street

Dear Joyce, I read your post (below) this morning and I am compelled to address your observations therein: “I’ve always been under the impression that members of the military were bound to respect their leaders. Open disrespect for the current … Continue reading

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‘Missing’ Chamberlain Medal returned to his home

Stories about the Medal of Honor… the actual medal itself… are varied, fascinating and often test the boundaries of the odds and belief. One Recipient requested that the name of his mother, who died just shortly before he was to … Continue reading

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