What to do with memory: thoughts for our veterans on Memorial Day

Roger Brooke, Ph.D., ABPP Most veterans don’t know what to do with memory. Some hope to forget, but also cannot bear to be forgotten. Some hope to forget by hurling themselves back into civilian life, often drunkenly, but going down that path is not going to end well. Almost all combat veterans whom I know […]

Publication announcement on my work with combat veterans and their families.

I have written a chapter on an archetypal approach to helping those suffering from the psychological wounds of war. The chapter details a Jungian perspective, drawing from our knowledge of the universal structure of the experience of war and the universal rituals and requirements for the successful return to living in the civilian world again, […]

The qualities veterans possess

This article appeared on Memorial Day 2016 in the local newspaper, The Tribune Review. It is pasted below. — When I ask students at Duquesne University if they or a family member are veterans, there is usually a sprinkling of hands. More hands are raised when I ask about neighbors, then former school friends, fellow […]

Project 22 interview

The soldier’s grief

Roger Brooke, Duquesne University [This is what I said at the Sunday morning service at Memorial Park Church in Allison Park, Pittsburgh during a service to welcome home returning warriors. The service was Christian, of course, but drew from the Soldiers Heart model and its archetypal understanding of the requirements for the warrior’s return. It […]

Memorial Day Thoughts

This appeared in the Duquesne Times, June 1, 2011. In our fast paced culture, speed wobbling towards an uncertain future, it is good to have at least a few days dedicated to memory. Religious and other public holidays are mostly celebrations, but this day is dedicated to the memory of those who fell fighting for […]