post-traumatic stress disorder

A new spirit of hope: The Intrepid Spirit Center

A new spirit of hope: The Intrepid Spirit Center

Charles Haddon Spurgeon was the preeminent preacher of the 19th century. Weekly, he addressed crowds of thousands. His sermon manuscripts were translated into several languages and distributed worldwide. Read the full article in the Aug. 8 issue of Navarre Press. Visit navarrepress.com/subscribe to view subscription options – or click here sign up to receive a […]

Medical devices with paws: Service animals are not pets

Medical devices with paws: Service animals are not pets

At less than a foot tall and weighing just a few pounds, Tosha is among the smallest of the working dogs, but this service animal does a big job for her owner with a disability. Without her bright red vest labeling her a service animal, she might be mistaken for a pet. Read the full […]

Local group offers support to new moms

Local group offers support to new moms

A group started in Navarre last November to help mothers deal with mental health issues is already reaching capacity. It’s not surprising, since the Escambia and Santa Rosa County Community Health Needs Assessment 2016 pointed to unfavorable health factors for Santa Rosa County in births to overweight mothers, births to mothers ages 15-19 and a […]

Service dog or support animal?

Service dog or support animal?

Much has been made recently about the rules and recognitions belonging to the different service classes of dogs and other animals. We break down the differences here: Service dog: (U.S. Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division, Disability Rights Section) Only dogs are recognized as service animals under titles II and III of the American With […]

A gunslinger messenger for God

A gunslinger messenger for God

The message from the charismatic battle-tested active duty military leader is simple: surrender.  Not to your enemies but to God.  It’s the message Navarre residents Damon Friedman and his wife Dayna are bringing to men and women across the country through The Surrender Project. And Saturday night at Coastline Calvary Chapel in Gulf Breeze, the […]

Kayak fishing offers chance to get away from it all

Kayak fishing offers chance to get away from it all

In a world captivated by technology, kayak fishing offers an opportunity to get away from it all. Frank Dailey, the Emerald Coast Chapter Team Leader and Director of Coordinated Therapeutic Programs for Heroes on the Water, can’t emphasize that enough. “The peaceful element of kayak fishing is absolutely amazing,” Dailey said. “You take away the […]

Outreach, involvement key to suicide prevention

Outreach, involvement key to suicide prevention

The 22 veteran suicides per day epidemic is more realistically 25 says Fort Walton Beach physician Dr. Eddie Zant Jr., who treats many TBI-injured soldiers with hyperbaric oxygen therapy to help heal their concussed brains. Despite studies showing the efficacy of this treatment, the Department of Veterans Affairs  does not use HBOT therapy.  On Oct. […]

TBI injuries, PTSD treatable with new therapies

TBI injuries, PTSD treatable with new therapies

Don’t let anyone tell you nothing can be done for the migraines, brain fog, depression, vertigo, fatigue, insomnia and other symptoms after a TBI injury.  Armed with facts, you or a loved one who has been injured can bust through the naysayers and obstructive agencies who tell you just to live with it or not […]

A Servant’s Heart for Veterans

A Servant’s Heart for Veterans

The word “team” perfectly describes the essence of retired Air Force Chief Master Sgt. Frank Dailey II’s being. That team concept was ingrained in Dailey throughout his relentless military training and deployments from his first combat support mission in Panama in 1989, through Operation Desert Storm, Bosnia, Africa (Liberia/Sierra Leone/ Gabon Central Africa), Afghanistan and […]

Veterans intervene to fill the gap

Veterans intervene to fill the gap

Investigator James O’Keefe’s video on veteran suicides for Project Veritas asks why an increasing number of military graveyards are being filled with people who died at their own hands rather than in combat. He asserts that VA is unable to treat the underlying causes of veterans’ emotional problems, depending on drug therapies which can mask the problems or […]

22 veterans committing suicide every day

22 veterans committing suicide every day

The United States Department of Veterans Affairs in 2013 released a study addressing suicides from 1999-2010 which reflected that roughly 22 veterans were committing suicide per day, or one every 65 minutes. Thirty-one percent of these suicides were by veterans 49 and younger while 69 percent were by veterans age 50 and older. Read the […]

Vets get voice mail at VA Crisis Line

Vets get voice mail at VA Crisis Line

The number 22. It doesn’t signify one’s age, a date on a calendar, the number of days until one graduates, gets a new job, retires or the distance to one’s mailbox. It’s the number of vets who commit suicide every day: 22. Their pain may not be visible though they’ve healed through physical and multiple […]

Navarre couple excited about K9s For Warriors’ fundraiser

Navarre couple excited about K9s For Warriors’ fundraiser

Navarre Beach Fireman Dan Fureigh and his fiancé, Shannon Robertson, have no idea where their adventure will take them when they participate in the Rally Your Heart event in March. But the Navarre couple does know is that they are doing it for a good cause. The donations they raise for their participation in the […]

DOH: Women more likely to suffer from PTSD

DOH: Women more likely to suffer from PTSD

As a student at the University of West Florida, Kimberly Murphy was excited about her future. Active on campus, she served as president of the Student Government Association and volunteered with the Choctawhatchee Basin Alliance, the Emerald Coast Wildlife Refuge and AmeriCorps. Murphy, a Navarre resident, performed well in school, had her own place and […]

Sports play role in healing process for Wounded Warriors

Sports play role in healing process for Wounded Warriors

Tim McDonough doesn’t like to talk about the explosion that changed his life. It was 2005 and McDonough was in Afghanistan. The price he paid for defending his country was severe. It consisted of nine surgeries, post-traumatic stress disorder and a brain injury. Once on top of the world as a flight crew chief in […]