The Veterans Administration Pain Management 11th Hour Reality

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The 11th Hour was the hour I lost hope in America. The Veterans Administration’s solution to treating those of us who have served in America’s outposts is to over medicate with opiates. I started my “pain management” program early on in life prior to 9/11 and made several attempts to treat my service-connected condition through physical therapy that failed.

I was offered Hydrocodone two tablets of 2000 mg twice per day for over two years along with muscle relaxers and Gabapentin. I was up to a total of 15,000 mgs of mixed pharmaceuticals to include VA prescribed Ibuprofen per day.

In 2008, the VA introduced its “Pharmaceutical Pain Management Program,” which led me into a near-death experience. The VA refers to opiates as a “pain management program,” which really translates to being a Veteran test subject who will be subjected to a long and slow death through a journey of taking and becoming addicted to pharmaceutical Heroin.

My 11th hour was in August of 2010 when the VA took me off opioids’ cold turkey without treatment. My blood pressure was 220/190 and had come in ten days early for my prescription refill in hopes of avoiding certain death. I paid a visit to the VA for a refill after dropping my prescription in the toilet from the shakes. I would come to know the feeling of overwhelming dread being cut off by the VA forever. Being cut off forever changed my life as my prescription suddenly ran out after the Pharmacist said, “Get lost! You are not getting a refill!” What I was about to experience would take me through a journey that would leave me all alone.

My 11th hour was the minute I went into cardiac arrest and passed out in my living room without help. My phone was shut off after running out of minutes and had no way to call for help. I lost consciousness due to tremors I was experiencing as a result of painkiller over-prescription. I knew I was done. America finally gave up on me.

My defining moment began the morning of August 13, 2010, when I woke up in a stream of cold sweat that left me confined to my bed. My body began to go into detox.

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I began to develop thoughts of despair that ravaged my mind like a driving force of a hundred horses in a stampede. All I could think about was finding a safe place to die. I knew I would not be able to make it to the closet where I knew my kids would not find me.

The struggle to maintain my pain manifested into throwing up from the pit of my soul. Detoxing from VA pain prescriptions is nothing short of demonic possession. As I attempted to take each step towards the door, I felt my body give out and went into convulsions.

My Veterans Administration pain medication had me for keeps. Thoughts raced through my head about my mother who would find me lying face-down on the floor. I began to weep over missing my children’s birthdays and especially their graduation. I began to see the room grow dim and the light of the doorway shine under the threshold. Shards of glass from broken bottles covered the kitchen floor due to scrambling to find my pills.

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I crawled over to the linoleum to cool myself down. I began to vomit once again and had accidentally inhaled shards of glass in my mouth that cut my tongue. The taste of opiate withdrawal mixed with shards of glass took a once standing tall soldier and threw them in the gutter.

Vomit soaked teeth from the dry heaves started me down the path into the Valley of the Shadow of VA Opiate death. I laid on the floor crying for help and nobody heard a word as I went into cardiac arrest. I had called my sister the week before in a fit to say mean things to her. She was my only hope. She was all I had left. My brothers gave up on me and told me I was hopeless.

I could not possibly trouble my mother after living in her basement and overstaying my welcome.

My heart raced and I passed out. Not a single person at the Tayco Street Apartments in Menasha, WI, heard a word I said. I did not know what to do and began to slip into a coma. I did not know how I could possibly live one more minute.

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The benevolent light led me through the maze back into life as I vowed to do anything for just one more chance. The hand of life shoved me back into my body and awoke to a massive head contusion. I was alive and that was all that mattered. Whatever the higher power was that saved my life, I have dedicated my life to it. Today I am nine years opiate free and have returned to school as a result.

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Surviving the 11th Hour—Download the PTSD Coach app. That’s an Order.

by Bradley J. Burt

The 11th Hour—Navigating Your Way Out.

The 11th Hour is the Last Hour Prior to the Veteran Ending their Life. I Stood in the Doorway of Desperation With Only One Choice. I Chose to Make the Call. The Veterans Crisis Line Saved My Life and Will Save Yours Too.
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August of 2017, was my first experience surviving from the 11th hour of hopelessness and despair that opened my mind to try to live my life. Freedom and release quickly built my confidence after downloading the PTSD Coach app. I had begun my Cognitive Processing Therapy at the Madison VA and was journaling my intrusive thoughts. Thoughts manifested into moments of hopelessness that would not go away. “What will I do for work? I will I feed my kid? What will become of me five years from now?”

After receiving a referral for outpatient treatment through the Veterans Crisis Line, I was able to step on the path to seek help.

I had come to realize how quick and easy taking the time to call the Veterans Crisis Line was, but I needed something more. I needed to navigate my way out. I was in Las Vegas, NV, where I had started to develop signs of my first panic attack. After reaching into my pocket to grab my phone to call the Veterans Crisis Line, I noticed a sign in the casino that guided me to download the PTSD Coach app and did.

Survival is the Key to Ending Veteran Suicide. Download the PTSD Coach app.

“Ok, I am having a panic attack, now what?”

Take two minutes to collect yourself and practice a simple breathing technique I learned from John Tesh. Inhale and hold for fourteen seconds—exhale for fourteen seconds slowly—Take a deep breath and let it out. Do this as many times as it takes to survive being overwhelmed. Think of a happy moment. Mine is the night I won a triple-double seven-jackpot at the Monte Carlo Casino after seeing Cher. Las Vegas, NV has many magical moments. Find your Las Vegas.

You are never hopeless. Your Battle Buddy is only one app away. Download and explore.

Research Your Condition.

Do not ever hesitate to explore the internet for the means to end social and environmental panic attacks. My condition and diagnosis did not allow much information other than my situation was treatable but permanent. Navigating the maze of mental health must be fought minute by minute. Taking a break is critical before becoming too overwhelmed.

The sole mission here at Outpost 422 is to help talk you down from following through with thoughts of suicide. We are all Battle Buddies in the war at home. You are valuable. You are valor. You are worthy to hold on one more day. Reach out on Facebook at Outpost 422 and we will be there to offer blogs and tips to help you see this through. We want you to know you can make it with the help of all of us who are the survivors of the 22.

Dryhootch Supports Veterans of Dane County

by Bradley J. Burt

https://www.dryhootch.org/

This Week’s Feature: Dryhootch

Madison, WI—Dryhootch is a facility designed to meet with the Veteran who is developing into a crisis. Sometimes Veterans fall through transition into civilian life. Dryhootch is a community outreach designed to meet the Veteran who may be uncertain what the future may hold. Dryhootch opens the portal of hope to share strategies with the Veteran that comforts the individual as a safe shelter when the 11th hour rears its ugly head.

On average, 22 Veterans Per Day Commit Suicide. Download PTSD Coach App and Talk to the Professionals who can help. 1-800-273-8255 Press 1. the Veterans Crisis Line is only one call away.

Dryhootch is a Safe Place in Crisis.

Address: 2825 University Ave #2, Madison, WI 53705

Hours

Thursday8AM–4PM
Friday8AM–4PM
SaturdayClosed
SundayClosed
Monday8AM–4PM
Tuesday8AM–4PM
Wednesday8AM–4PM

Phone: (608) 250-2540

Outpost 422 Communicates with Dryhootch and Capitol Law Enforcement.

If you are a Veteran who has been recently discharged from the Madison VA and have nowhere to go or are homeless, you can meet us at Peace Park by reaching out to our Watchdog Quick Reactionary Force on our Outpost 422 Facebook page. We are UW Veterans who have survived the 11th hour by using PTSD Coach app and the Veterans Crisis Line who attend the Tuesday crisis support group at 12 p.m. in Madison, WI. Look for us under the sign at Peace Park on the 400 block of State Street.

Dryhootch has been a game-changer that offers assistance with academics as well. Our goal through our Outpost 422 outreach is to enlist as many Watchdogs as we can to support Dryhootch with their upcoming Valor building groundbreaking find a place for our Battle Buddies to call home. Dryhootch will not judge your situation. Reach out anytime.

Capstone—the Essence of Military Strength Through Endurance —the Jessica Dean Trauma Transition Story

by Bradley J. Burt

Meet Jessica Dean—Marine Corps Veteran and Dedicated Scholar.

Name: Jessica Dean

MOS: 2846 Ground Radio Intermediate Repairer

Branch: Marine Corps

Current Status: Military Sexual Trauma and Military Victimization Outreach Advocate

Hi, name is Jessica Dean. Here is my Veteran story:

Whitewater, Wis.—UW Whitewater Veterans Servicemembers Organization hosted a cookout at Starin Park to kick off Fall Semester Sept. 14, 2019. After becoming acquainted with members of the group, Jessica Dean was introduced by her husband who is the Commander of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 5470 in Whitewater, Wis. The Deans met while they were in service. Jessica Dean offered to share her story for UW Capstone outreach feature writing piloted at Outpost 422. Dean supports the idea of writing mechanisms to overcome grief. Dean indicated she was interested in sharing her story to answer the question,

“What was your defining moment?”

Jessica Dean offered to share her experience, strength and hope from an occurrence that happened while she was in service. Dean’s story is one that has happened to many that goes unpunished, gets discarded due to weighing of merits due to the weighing of evidence from eye witness accounts.

The Hardship:

Dean is coming forward to share her story as an MST survivor. Dean had been sexually assaulted by an individual while she was stationed at 29 Palms Marine Corps base in California. Her hope is that readers will become aware of the hardship of her situation and her testimonial of triumph will inspire more women to share theirs as a result.

What is MST or Military Sexual Trauma?

Currently, in the United States Military, women are being allowed to join the combat arms fields. Misogyny and brutalization have become an epidemic due to the integration of women on the frontline. Women who serve have been fighting both the enemy and misogyny in the military.

More and more women are being victimized and are coming forward sharing how they are becoming prey to being attacked by servicemembers. The military Courts-Martial enables the predatory behavior to continue due to the current Inspector General investigation system being backlogged. Meanwhile, predators know these odds are in their favor and the brutalizing system of accosting women grows stronger by the day.

Women attempt to speak up and receive backlash. Their stories are going unrecognized and unheard. After interviewing Dean, her story spoke of hurt and emotional pain, along with the weight of marginalization with VA claims, which sends women into appeal who apply for service-connected military sexual trauma.

“Military sexual trauma has been getting overlooked and ignored. Women must speak up,” said Dean.

Misogyny and sexual assault result in military sexual trauma that has led to Dean dealing with untreated conditions. The Veterans Administration downplayed her condition by diagnosing her with “Extreme Anxiety Disorder.” Military Sexual Trauma has been happening to several women in the military and has left women prey to dealing with untreated trauma as a result. After coming forward to the VA for her claim, she noted the lack of support women face leads to marginalization and victim-blaming at the level of the Walworth County Veterans Service Office. Dean also noted when interviewed by Compensation and Pension examiners, she felt cornered by interrogation methods.

“You can’t prove any of this happened,” the VA Compensation and Pension Examiner stated.

Jessica Dean has been through the hardship of trauma transition along with VA Compensation and Pension marginalization.  Walworth County Service Officer gave Dean a method of interrogationtion she was unprepared for.

“The Walworth County Service Officer gave me a blank stare of disbelief when they assisted me with filing claims where I dealt with a Veterans Administration claims decision of a severe anxiety disorder and sent me on my way,” said Dean.

Dean’s Husband Gets Hit by a Drunk Driver:

Jessica Dean got out of the military and pursued her undergraduate degree. Dean and her husband were raising three boys at the time. Not only did Dean suffer at the hands of an attacker, she was left to discover she had to endure yet another life hardship—her husband Jason Dean was hit by a drunk driver. Dean shared her story of determination to help her husband recover. Not only was she dealing from military backlash, but an unexpected traumatic turn in her marriage on top of her working through her own personal trauma.

Dean is a true Marine and a dedicated fighter. Her determination developed her drive to succeed. Even though Jessica Dean was overwhelmed with school and her newly diagnosed condition, she was determined to stay the course. Surviving trauma taught her how to overcome her husband suffering a near fatal incident, which left her to raise the boys for her husband to fully recover. Dean is tough.

Her dedication to the Veterinarian industry was her focus to pull her through. Not only had Dean come to endure one of the hardest moments of her life, she also had to embrace for the news her credits from another school were not transferrable.

None-the-less, Dean fought her way through four-and-a-half years of retaking several classes to eventually be awarded an opportunity to serve an internship as a Wildlife Intern for the Dane County Humane Society. Jessica Dean’s story is one of bravery and guts over moments of defeat.

Jessica Dean’s passion is to end military sexual trauma by speaking up and being heard:

Dean’s is passionately seeking a career to be a Veterinarian who took ten credits of UW schooling while working full-time.

“I took a terrible event and made a good thing out of it—battling misogyny amongst Veterans. There are times where you are really plagued with doubt,” said Dean.

Advocates like Dean who share their grief and angst regarding first-hand experience with MST claim sexual assault is commonplace in the military and it needs to end. If you, or a loved one are harboring keeping your hardship secret, please reach out to 1-800-656-HOPE. https://www.rainn.org/about-national-sexual-assault-telephone-hotline

Information regarding MST abuse and symptoms can be also found at:

https://www.mentalhealth.va.gov/mentalhealth/msthome/index.asp

Outpost 422 Practicum Launch—09/12/2019

WORKLOAD PROPOSAL REPORT

To: Practicum Instructor

From: Bradley Burt

Date: 09/22/19

RE: Workload Proposal

     Introduction: After spending the entire summer preparing for the Fall 2019 Semester, I have decided to utilize Practicum writing to help my fellow Veterans of the State of Wisconsin pursue the Journalism Certificate Program to become vloggers for a program I am piloting called, “Outpost 422.”  Practicum 1 helped knock the advocacy writing out of me that led to writing several opinion pieces.  The one piece that sticks out the most I am mainly looking to focus on was the APA I wrote for my final for Intro to Mass Communications, which utilizes crowdsourcing through WordPress to feature Veterans.  As a Veteran who has been treated for my untreated combat injuries through the Veterans Integration Transitional Academic Leadership Program at Truax Campus, I feel it is my duty to enlist as many Veterans as I can to pass on the baton or Practicum writing as a means of therapy.  Feature writing has improved my mental health.  Being published last semester quickly turned my condition around and am investing in the Journalism Certificate Program as an American Legion Service Officer who serves on the Wisconsin American Legion Press Association and the Wisconsin Department of the American Legion as a future member of the Suicide Awareness Committee.

     I am creating an Ad Hoc Reporter, which is a Watchdog Journalist who establishes a link of communications between Capitol Law Enforcement and Student Senate when our school has an active shooter situation. UW Parkside recently had a Veteran commit suicide in the parking lot and wrote my argument for Intro to Mass Communications around a piece by the Washington Post titled, “the Parking Lot Suicides.”  My project for Practicum 2 is to develop crowdsourcing and WordPress outreach for struggling Veterans who can connect with UW Madison and UW Whitewater VITAL Capstone Journalism Writers at the UW when the Veteran becomes overwhelmed, or in the event of an Active Shooter, organize a Quick Reactionary Force to converge and guard our classrooms through Vlogging footage. 

     Media organization: The joint venture Media organization will be between the Badger Legionnaire and the Clarion to develop Outpost 422 as a shared governance communications fundraising Veteran Vlogging Check Point prototype to assist VITAL Veterans at Madison College successfully develop and meet the expectations the UW has for them as our intern writers.  Our interns will develop a sense of importance of shared governance by attending Student Senate meetings and reporting the news through the Outpost 422 broadcast.  American Legion Post 501 of Madison, WI has graciously offered to allow us to use their hall on Dempsey Road to work with the Veterans who take over the program after I finish the 2019-2020 program.  My plan is to pilot a blog journalism program to teach Veterans how to Vlog for the Outpost 422 broadcast and serve the Wolfpack as a remote broadcast during Veteran events.  Our goal is to raise funds through WordPress to end Veteran suicide in support of the Department of Veterans Affairs Zero Veteran Suicide Initiative.  We are also developing a prototype to continuously serve our recently adopted 10th Mountain Division Platoon.  The “Outpost” is for the 10th Mountain adopt-a-platoon and the 422 is for Veterans who enter VA VITAL from Building 22 at the Madison VA. I am one of those Veterans and am utilizing my Practicum 2 to help distribute the weight to those who enter the Wolfpack returning from war.

     Practicum focus: Throughout the Fall Semester of 2019, we will be linking up all aspects of the Clarion staff into one Vlogging outlet at www.Outpost422.com.  Each week on Monday from 1:30 to 2:30pm, we will be tracking our progress through our live broadcast, which will eventually be recorded to capture the lens of Madison College Veterans.  For the entire Fall 2019 Semester, I will be taking Social Media Writing at Madison College where the website will develop into an outreach for the entire state of Wisconsin Moderated and Administered by me for the remainder of the program’s existence.  Outpost 422 is my own personal documentary story that will be a survivor manual for VITAL Veterans and am asking the American Legion to sponsor the program by linking the Badger Legionnaire to the Clarion through the website portal.  All staff members will be writing for the 10th Mountain Division who is deployed in Afghanistan and will link up at Peace Park in Madison, WI to meet and greet Veterans between UW Madison and Madison College. 

     My focus with my Practicum 2 pilot is to incorporate all aspects of Backpack Journalism into one medium source.  Robert’s Rules of Parliamentary Order and the Uniformed Code of Military Justice share a unique common bond that I discovered once I became and American Legion official.  Piloting a UW Capstone Veteran feature writing program will increase morale by and large between Veterans and those serving in Afghanistan.  What I envision is the Madison College Truax campus hosting silent auctions and key figure speakers at the Mitby Theater. The focus is to pilot a Vlogger program through internship sponsorship to develop combat Veterans with PTSD that will give their unique perspective through interview and blogging for the UW Health graduate students to study.  I have spoken with Paul Rickert at the Madison VA who has given me his blessing in hopes we can end the 22 Veteran per day suicide statistic by boosting morale in the combat zone.  Those who graduate Outpost 422 Capstone Writing through the UW will be offered opportunities to pursue drone journalism upon transfer, which will be my UW Whitewater Capstone transfer program next.

     Practicum goals: My number one Practicum goal is to create an assembly of Veterans who indirectly assist other Veterans.  The American Legion will assist with organizing fundraising and will be turning Practicum 2 portfolio over to the Wisconsin American Legion Press Association as a prototype to develop the Badger Legionnaire digital presence at the post level.  Service Officers can submit articles, but not many do.  Developing a digital presence will help keep the cost of print down and will be a prototype for nonprofit organizations to follow and develop through the Social Media Writing Course at Madison College. 

     Time management: The Practicum work will be done Mondays from 1:30 to 3:30p and Thursdays from 10a to 6p.  Every Friday will be spent at Tellurian Detox Facility between 8:00 to 10:00p assisting with crisis intake.  The requirement for the internship is to assist with homeless Vets.  The Veteran will meet with the American Legion for their assignment.

Conclusion: The Workload Proposal Report will be posted to the WordPress account for branding authenticity as an Academic Philanthropy Program with the express consent of the fundraising board between the Madison College and Wisconsin American Legion Press Association bylaws a nonprofit Vlogging and fundraising crowdsourcing entity to assist the 10th Mountain Division adopt-a-platoon, Madison College VA VITAL, and Department of Veterans Affairs Zero Veteran Suicide Mission be maintained by both the intern and the Practicum Professor as a UW Madison, UW Whitewater, and UW Extension means to end Veteran suicide.

Buck it Up Bucky—You’re in for Alotta Push ups Today!—the 2019 Camp Randall Opener

by Bradley J. Burt

10th Mountain Salute to the colors for those who are still fighting in Afghanistan. Also a big huge shout out to my biggest fan who scored us these sweet tickets to see my first Badger game. Although UW Whitewater is my transfer school, I am pursuing the UW Madison Journalism Practicum Writing Certificate at Madison College. This semester is kicking off with a lot of great gifts and perks for using both schools to transition as a disabled veteran.

After coming to realize what feature journalism writing is, I am turning this project over the Wisconsin American Legion Press Association to create a blogger fundraiser coverage for veterans. Today’s game starts the pursuit to develop “Rucksack Journalism.” We are a community watchdog program to assist at-risk veterans become scholars through the VA VITAL Program at Madison College.

We are embarking on a Capstone Journalism journey to develop veterans into academic blog writers. Today’s Badger game featured a melee of epic opportunities to create and generate ideas for blogs.

35,000 Red fans raging over a football was today’s feature. I sat back and studied the well-trained Badger fans who wore red. The student body at UW Madison was the in-group, and of course, we were the out-group. But, are we really? Who funds scholarships? Who makes it possible for a decrepit old veteran like me to become a UW Royal Purple and Capitol Capstone Journalist? The out-group. Reason being? The crowd was dominated by what the student body said we ought to do when we started the wave. The out-group did not understand why the in-group needed to chant profanity back-and-forth. Studying humans through then lens of Philosophy proves one key element is most certainly true. Being a Journalist takes yourself out of the situation to study what the hip thing is to do and captures it through the painting of words, like Bob Ross, that teaches PTSD Veterans a new coping and development strategy.

Fortunately, the Practicum UW Madison Journalism Certificate Program has given me a profound respect for our Philanthropists who donate to keep the Madison College UW Transfer Programs funded at the University. We are grateful you are adopting 10th Mountain platoons deployed to Afghanistan at Madison College. I look forward to reviewing more games as the season continues in search of football players who are veterans on the team.

Bucking A’ Bucky Did a Bunch of Push ups Today!

The Sacred Warriors

“One of the lessons learned during the Vietnam War was that the depiction of wounded soldiers, of coffins stacked higher than their living guards, had a negative effect on the viewing public. The military in Iraq specifically banned the photographing of wounded soldiers and coffins, thus sanitizing this terrible and bloody conflict.” Walter Dean Myers

Who are the Sacred Warriors of the Sacred Warrior Church of Native America Inc?

The legend of the Sacred Warriors can be found in every place we meet. We see them standing before us and on the corner of every street. They are noble and brave, they are the next 22 we ignore every day who don’t know what to do. Nobody listens to them when their may be a sign something is wrong. They act like hardened warriors who cry behind closed doors, wishing there was a magic wand to cure them of trauma from their civilian transitional wars.

They cry out to us when they return home from land, air, and sea. They are the walkers amongst the earth who fall prey to misery. The abyss awaits them in the deep, silent screams of agony with no relief. They run from untreated trauma from the bullies at work. They can’t take time off or they will surely reap—they turn to the only thing they know—the VA Opiate Harvester who possesses their war torn souls.

Over periods of time, the pills wear off, the Sacred Warrior suffers through detox shock and seeks for an oasis to cool them off—they are the silenced and beaten, their stories of being verbally assaulted in the workplace have them feeling defeated.

The Sacred Warriors watch over us at night. They are the ones who lost the 22 fight…

Although we seek to comfort them at home—their soul is lost—in the combat zone they roam, only wishing for the nightmare would leave them alone. The sounds of explosions awaken them at night, the terror, bewilderment, the reflections of losing their Battle Buddy in a firefight. We collect their memories here at Outpost 422—along with their families who know not what to do.

I ask you all to stop and pray, at 4:22 PM, while they stand guard every day. Their soul rests at Post Everlasting, while their memory here leaves their families fasting, never to see them and hold them again, Gold Star Mothers who have children who gave up the fight from the war they were in.

As we close in prayer, we seek only one request—never ever let their memories rest, for it is at Outpost 422 they will be blessed. They are the guardians of the next 22, they are the silent voice who cannot tell us how we can help you. The Sacred Warriors gave us their all; it is from their ashes America stands tall. Be not weary for they are on watch. We must honor them daily for the future 22 who are lost…22 More Dead Veterans Today—The price of America’s Democracy as a result of Congressional neglect. The thanks our Sacred Warriors get for the shores they use to protect.

19 years-old, Sitting in a Hangar, Waiting to Deploy—The 10th Mountain Division Operation Uphold Democracy A 1/7 FA Combat QRF Story

By Bradley J. Burt

Tell me again how our service in Port au Prince is non-combat.

September 10th, 1994-Orders to Deploy to Port au Prince Four Months After Operation Restore Hope Mission Ends:

The world in 1994 was in a state of crisis. Growing up as a kid in the late ’70s and early ’80s was spent watching Jimmy Carter and Ronald Regan address our nation regarding the Islamic state and its hostage-taking of U.S. Embassies and airline hijacking.

The summer of 1993 was a blur for me. I was newly graduated from high school and college quickly passed me by. November of 1993 looked hopeless for ever finding a path I thought would point me in the right direction. That was until I watched soldiers of the 10th Mountain Division being dragged through the streets of Mogadishu. My sense of duty became paramount to join the 10th Mountain Division and take up arms to defend this nation.

23 December 1993–10th Mountain Division COHORT enlistment as a 13 Bravo:

My decision to enlist in the U.S. Army was clear. I knew the minute I raised my hand I would be assigned to a division who directly supports the Pentagon through the 18th Airborne Corps. After swearing an oath to protect our nation from all enemies foreign and domestic, I was hoping to go straight to Somalia to find those responsible for dragging our soldiers through the streets and hold them accountable. There was only one problem—complete sixteen weeks of basic training first. Shipping off to basic and facing the reality of joining the Army did not bother me one bit. My life mission was to search and rescue those in combat who were now my Battle Buddies for life. Joining the Army became a call of duty to follow in the footsteps of those who gave their life for our nation knowing there was a possibility of becoming one of them.

08 February to 06 June 1994–Basic Training:

We were called up in Week 11 to deploy to Somalia. My Battle Brother Brylo “Poolstick” Williams and I were ready to throw down payback for the soldiers being dragged in the streets. Our orders were rescinded and deployed to Haiti instead. We were with Delta 1st Battalion 19th Field Artillery 3rd Platoon “Hellraisers.”

Haiti Invasion

The hardest pill to swallow is the Pentagon and 10th Mountain Division loss of our SRC records from our deployment. Somalia era veterans were given a double-dosage of Malaria Pills to survive the third-world conditions of Haiti. We survived monsoons, hostile fire, along with the same conditions Post 9/11 Combat QRF veterans share their experience who receive unlimited support. But what about us America? We received the Armed Forces Expeditionary Award, yet we are called “Soft War Veterans.” Please take a moment to check out the footage of our “Soft War.” We are rallying through Congress to search and rescue documentation from our conflict in Haiti and hope to achieve a Congressional recognition of our combat service to this nation. We are the first Air Assault Invasion in U.S. History. We took back the Haitian Embassy. There has to be some value with that.

Being 19, sitting in a hangar waiting to fight, only to seek treatment 20 years later and be denied into appeal is not how we solve the 22 Veteran Per Day and VA Parking Lot Suicide Statistic. Reaching out to 1-800-273-8255 and Pressing 1 through the Veterans Crisis Line helped me sort through this mess and will help you too.

Outpost 422–Strafing Fire in the Light Industrial Compound Guard Towers—PTSD VA Claims Denial

My Veterans Crisis Line story starts out with manning Outposts in Port au Prince. Being a low-ranking E-1 had me stuck on all the danger close missions. After having my guard tower gunned down one night, I did everything I could to downplay my fight. Returning home was harsh. All we did was fight and argue with each other. We were all suffering from untreated combat fatigue and the 10th Mountain Division did not want to hear “PTSD weak stories.” We were doomed from the start. I am asking 10th Mountain to acknowledge our mission and to join us in the fight to end veteran suicide by giving us our SRC records and accommodations when we seek to file our VA claims.

The Sitrep: The biggest obstacle I face with the VA is the Post 9/11 dilemma. The Madison VA Hospital openly acknowledges pre-9/11 are automatically sent to appeal due to being so overwhelmed. So who is paying the bill for the 22 Veteran Per Day Suicide Statistic? We are. America harasses us in the workplace through stigma claiming PTSD is a myth. I am calling all of you to stop this insanity. When a veteran is restricted from calling the Veterans Crisis Line at work and has to ask for a Cell Phone Permission Card, America becomes the problem. No employer should restrict a veteran from reaching out to the Veterans Crisis Line.

The Solution: The USERAA Act of 1994 and The Wounded Warrior Act of 2015 were designed to assist veterans with needing time off from work. Before you accept a job as a new hire you must ask your employer to see these documents. I am calling for a nationwide end for the 22 starting in the workplace. We cannot afford to tolerate veterans getting harassed for needing time off to use the VA. The result is catastrophic. Being a workplace survivor of hazing has led to the creation of Outpost 422 to search and rescue lost warriors through undergraduate VA applied research. We start by reaching out for help. Although there will be consequences for a PTSD diagnosis, you will at least provide our future 22 with solutions through PTSD Coach app and the Veterans Crisis Line. We cannot afford to be confused about untreated PTSD. Untreated PTSD becomes Complex PTSD and once CPTSD sets in, there is a very slim chance there will ever be a full recovery.

If you are having transitional struggles, download PTSD Coach app. You can find more information here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n345eAH6Y4A

May No Service Member Go Unloved—We are Your Refuge at Outpost 422

Outpost 422 Clarion Broadcast Mission

By Bradley J. Burt

General Manager of Broadcast

Outpost 422 supports the Department of Veteran Affairs of Wisconsin Zero Veteran Suicide Initiative. We are advocating for veterans in crisis to receive urgent care.

As we approach the fall 2019 semester, I am cordially inviting all who are able to join the Wolfpack Clarion community as a collective body tackle the obstacle of ending the 22 Veteran Suicide per Day statistic. We will no longer stand by idle, we will face the challenge by supporting the launch of Outpost 422. What is Outpost 422? We are an ad hoc broadcast regarding Student Senate meeting topics that features Wolfpack veterans on our talk show. As the Broadcast General Manager for the Clarion, our talk show and staff are pleased to announce our Outpost 422 QRF Clarion mission is to raise funds to end veteran suicide.  Outpost 422 was created this summer through “Launch Your Business,” which was a gift offered to students who entered the Madison College Challenge.

Our VA Farms for VA VITAL prototype, “The 422nd Rescue and Recovery Brigade,” was a semi-finalist for the Madison College Challenge, which supports Capitol Law Enforcement with our current homeless veteran situation. We also assist with intake at the Tellurian Detox Facility. We are capturing the lens of the veteran in crisis and sharing how we as a community can help as a nonprofit medium through our 501 c 3 organization created in the Business Plan Certificate Program.

The Madison College Challenge rewards the winner with a $5,000 grand prize to launch your business. We are launching our prototype as an internship for veterans who enter through the Veterans Integration Transitional Academic Leadrship Program available at our Truax Campus. VITAL offers homecoming strategies to help veterans who are Wolfpack students and want to leave behind a fully developed veteran entrepreneurship opportunity through the Madison College Journalism Certificate Program. We are an event and fundraising organization to assist the VA VITAL program at Madison College.

Outpost 422 is more than an entrepreneurship program competing for cash—we are an open invitation to everybody to bring the 22 Veteran Per Day suicide statistic to zero.  We are raising funds to place an Outpost 422 Boulder at each campus and at Peace Park on the 400 block of State Street, which is also being placed throughout reservations as well.  We want to recognize the Department of Veterans Affairs of Wisconsin Zero Veteran Suicide Initiative and will be the first broadcast to develop veteran internships on VA farms through UW Madison.

What can you expect from the Clarion this year? Solidarity against gun violence through veteran suicide awareness.  We are asking all veterans in our school to take the Outpost 422 pledge by acting as ushers, who are the guardians of the student body.  We swear allegiance to Student Senate by keeping an eye as ad hoc reporters.

Our main mission as veterans should be to keep our community safe and look out for our own.  Being both a UW Liberal Arts Transfer at Madison College and the pilot for UW Whitewater undergraduate research, the efforts of Outpost 422 will seek opportunities to develop veterans who will be the future Wolfpack Quick Reactionary Force, who serve internships through the Outpost 422 Practicum Ad Hoc Reporting Program. The Madison College Op-ed Mission to end veteran suicide started in Intro to Mass Communication and has led to pursuing the Journalism Certificate Program.  Outpost 422 teaches our newly transitioning veterans academic tips and tricks to succeeding while enrolled at Madison College.

We will be working with Student Senate, the Clarion Staff, Veterans Resources Coordinator Allan Locia, UW Whitewater Richard Harris, UW Madison Joe Rasmussen, American Legion Post 501 Executive Committee, and the Madison Common Council to establish Outpost 422 as a veteran watchdog mission to watch over our Capitol and UW Madison Campus as ad hoc reporters.

We will be working with community programs like Tellurian Detox Facility, VA Farms, Dryhootch, and the Madison College Veterans Lounge to round up as many veteran voices as we are allowed to share the great news about great community services that will assist any veteran who is in crisis find opportunity.

Our main push is to raise funds annually that will provide veterans in crisis with vouchers for tablets to utilize PTSD Coach App before they check in to the VA. As an over watch outreach mission, our combined efforts will provide cover fire through wifi devices whenever the vet in crisis needs to reach out to the Veterans Crisis Line at our safe garden of Peace Park. Free wifi at Peace Park assists struggling vets who are seeking support during a situation that may be life threatening.

The 22 Solution: By offering free wifi at Peace Park, we offer alternative options, by providing access strategies that divert the veteran immediately.  Outpost 422 will also be broadcasting the Student Senate recap from our meetings on Thursdays at 4:30pm.  We will be seeking to bring this internship to veteran conventions to narrate how to assist us when we reach out for help.

Being survivor of the Veterans Crisis Line brought me to school.  Outpost 422 message is clear—“if I can than so can you.”  If you are struggling, pick up the phone and dial 1-800-272-8255 Press 1.  I was once there too. Outpost 422 will help you navigate another day to see your situation through.

The 53rd Annual Menominee Nation Contest Pow-wow Welcomes Veterans

by Bradley J. Burt

Saturday August 3rd, 2019 was my first time attending a Native American Pow-wow. Whether it be sharing the peace with the Menominee, receiving honor extended to all who have served, or sharing an Indian Taco—my first day of Pow-wow was nothing short of a divine experience.

Arrival: We arrived at the Menominee Nation around 1500 hours where we were welcomed by friendly vendors at the War Memorial Park, which hosted a giant “Pow-wow” sign to welcome all who were traveling. We happened to be heading from the Madison, WI area where I was picked up by two great supporters of Outpost 422—Steve and Tammy Foye.

Steve and Tammy Foye were our hosts, who invited us to the event who are our family. Steve introduced me to Boog at the War Memorial Park, who is member of the tribe and a Navy Veteran. After shaking hands with Boog, we loaded up the car and took off for the Pow-wow.

Steve is my connecting link with Menominee veterans through his genuine support of our mission to end veteran suicide. Steve’s generosity was extended in early May when the planning began to attend the Pow-wow. Steve believes in the Stephen Minister mission the Sacred Warrior Church of Native America Inc. safehouse operation will bring and is doing all he can to help. Foye has been attending Menominee Pow-wows for decades who recommended I reach out at the Pow-wow to share ideas and pay respects to deceased veterans at the Menominee cemetery. We are seeking support from native friends to assist with getting the Outpost 422 fundraising mission off the ground.

We showed up with one thing in mind—to experience the wealth of culture offered by the great Menominee Nation. We were welcomed with friendly smiles and great food stands. After parking the Benz, we got out and heard the beating of drums followed by the smell of Indian Fry Bread. I knew right away my introduction to the Menominee Pow-wow would be nothing short of genuinely delicious. The dance contest was under way that went around the circle to each competing group. I felt right at home.

Paying My Respects:

The purpose of our visit to the Menominee War Memorial Park before entering the Pow-wow was to meet up with elder veteran friends of Steve Foye. After being introduced, we began discussing the issue of the 22 veterans who will not make it through today. I extended my invitation to join us to brainstorm PTSD Coach App strategies with the Menominee Tribal Veterans Council. The mission at Outpost 422 is to acknowledge the special role of the 22 who will be joining the ranks of those at Post Everlasting.

The 22 veterans who commit suicide per day are being called through our Outpost 422 vigil mission to assemble at Post Everlasting. Our prayers for their families seek to assure and comfort the afflicted their loved one is on over watch as guardians. Our monumental 22 Boulders of the Sacred Warrior Church of Native America Inc. are their memorial. We are seeking the blessing of elders who are the ambassadors of the Great Spirit. We are searching for the answers to end veteran suicide the Pow-wow will bring. We are looking to educate America through blog narratives about the great sacrifice our tribal warriors offer when they swear an oath to our nation who are also suffering the fate of the 22. We need all the help we can get.

Overwhelmed with emotion standing before those who have left our ranks, I had to step back and collect myself for a minute. Native American veterans are a symbol of bravery above and beyond the call. Commitment, courage, and community are what make veterans unique.

Outpost 422 is seeking support in Madison, WI from the Common Council to welcome tribes at Peace Park on the 400-block of State Street.

The Sacred Warrior Church of Native America Inc. is a 501 c 3 safehouse mission. Outpost 422 is our memorial blog mission who is seeking a community pledge to recognize the gravity of suicide and VA painkiller overdose.

We are raising awareness to assist tribal veterans with PTSD Coach App strategy services through raising of funds to assist with vouchers to receive free tablets. Madison, WI is the host of the National Veteran Suicide Research Center at the Madison VA Hospital and UW Health.

Our UW Whitewater research mission seeks suggestions from tribal elders as to how we can help revitalize our tribes. We are asking for prayers and meditation at 4:22 pm each day as a fortress of solidarity from our veteran nation. PTSD Coach app must be made available to all veterans regardless of discharge.

We are preparing a fundraiser to request permission from the Madison Common Council to place a monumental 22 boulder at Peace Park. We want to invite all tribes and their elders to share peace to end veteran suicide at Peace Park and at all indigenous cemeteries. The boulder will also be headquartered at Peace Park on State Street to acknowledge the importance of our nationwide veteran suicide search and rescue mission.

Our blogs will be used to narrate the reality of veteran suicide for all who visit our State of Wisconsin Capitol. The 22 Boulder will act as a beacon for all veterans who are lost.

Combat takes a toll on all veterans from all lands who need services allocated from our community to assist anyone who wonders and gets lost in suicide and VA painkiller addiction regardless of discharge. Our campaign is to unify as one veteran body to extend the hand of assistance through PTSD Coach app tutorials.

The Sacred Warrior Church of Native America Inc. is a 501 c 3 to see to it reservations are receiving care and support from America’s churches when anyone, anywhere reaches out for the hand of help when the veteran falls into a crisis. We are launching a safehouse program to welcome all veterans who visit the Wisconsin State Capitol have a place to welcome them when they wonder into America and get lost.

The First Order of Business—Pay Respect for Those Who Sacrificed Their Life for Americans

I was amazed to find out there were Navajo Code Talkers amongst the Menominee. They are my favorite people to research.

The revelation I was presented about Pow-wow on the Menominee reservation kicked off the Saturday August, 3rd ceremony with a veteran color guard and flag display. My mission as a Stephen Minister is to connect with every single veteran soul about our mission to end the 22. At the close of business I was looking to meet with elders and members of the color guard, and to introduce myself as an American Legion Service Officer. We did not make the connect. Luckily, we were attending the Pow-wow for two days and had another chance to meet up Sunday instead.

Our mission is to spread the word across the United States to seek support to end veteran suicide. Deep down inside my soul, I feel empty, and am the bearer of bad news at times being a Service Officer and Sacred Warrior Chaplain. The emptiness is filled with joy when we account for each and every one of our warriors who will end up in Outpost 422 today.

As the rain opened up in the sky, we took off to meet up with Boog at his place, and left the Pow-wow. The Sacred Warrior Church Mission at the Menominee Pow-wow was to seek the Menominee blessing. What I walked away with was a heart full of the Great Spirit who has blessed the Outpost 422 charge on the Menominee Reservation. After leaving the War Memorial Park, shedding soul-filled tears, receiving the warmth of the sun; my soul was finally at peace and am empowered by the spirit of the Menominee to venture out into the unchartered waters to search and rescue veterans who are lost in the abyss.