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Duane K. L. France is a combat veteran of Iraq and Afghanistan as well as a counselor working with veterans in Colorado. He is passionate about helping veterans achieve stability and wellness, as well as raising awareness about veteran mental health. Want to join in the conversation? Read more of his insights at www.veteranmentalhealth.com 


  • The Mental Health Profession’s Image Problem with Veterans, and What to Do About It

    Sep 26, 2016
    I hear it all the time, both when I work with veterans individually and when I talk to veterans in the community. You’re not going to get ME in a therapist’s office. All they want to do is to bring up old stuff from the past. They’re just going to give me a bunch of pills.
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  • The Veteran Divide

    Sep 21, 2016
    There seems to be a gulf, a divide, between veterans and those around them. I think the reasons for this divide are numerous, and many are unnecessary. In many cases, a veteran creates this divide themselves, by isolation. Seclusion. Withdrawing. By assuming that there is no way that anyone other than those with shared experience would be able to understand.
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  • The Paradox of the Veteran Story

    Sep 13, 2016
    Here is the veteran story paradox: Veterans sincerely and adamantly want those that they care about, those they interact with, to know their story, to understand their experiences, without having to tell them a thing.
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  • Perceived versus Actual Capacity for Enduring Hardship

    Sep 08, 2016
    The thing that amazes me about veterans is their ability to put up with some of the most challenging situations that any individual can face. You can put them in any environmental condition, expose them to extreme levels of psychological stress, and yet they’ll still keep moving forward.
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  • ACRONYM: A Documentary About Veteran Mental Health

    Aug 29, 2016
    As a counselor, if you want to help veterans heal, you need to watch Acronym: The Cross-Generational Battle with PTSD (Tubbs, 2015).
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