Author Archives: Tom

PTSD Stigma, A Tool for Accusations.

  “Do me a favor. I took these two pictures today tell me witch one you prefer,” is what I posted on Facebook. I am now up to 39 comments. Most all pick B. I know I need to fill … Continue reading

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My National PTSD Awareness Day 2014

National PTSD Awareness Day 2014 I have been in a battle with The San Diego VA hospital for a long time trying to get treatment for my service related PTSD. UNFORTUNATELY I have not had much luck. The doctors always … Continue reading

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San Diego VA Health Care System

With the recent monstrosities of what I’m hearing on the news the last few months about the treatment our veterans are getting at the VA Hospital; the news did not surprise me, it actually made me happy. Let me explain. … Continue reading

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Avoiding Compassion Burnout

 How PTSD Affects the Family I follow Love Our Vets on Facebook one of many, dealing with PTSD. I read an article today on their Page and just had to contact them. Less than an hour and Welby O’Brien gave me permission to … Continue reading

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Bicycle Travel with Tom and Scrubs

Tom Skinner and his PTSD Service dog Scrubs are at it again. Starting in November 2013 we will set out on our bicycle from California heading to Texas and then we will travel all the way up to Alaska. Tom … Continue reading

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Hobie Kayak gearing up for the Mississippi River

This Hobie will be our home for most of the summer, 2552 miles down the mississippi River. Testing and training in San Diego. Follow us on Face book to get regular updates on Tom, Scrubs and the rest of our … Continue reading

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PTSD Awareness Adventure 2013 New Kayak

I am spending as much time as I can on the water these days. I really need to know how to use this boat and I have to make sure Scrubs is not just comfortable but safe. She seems to … Continue reading

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Stigma of PTSD

What would you do if you weren’t afraid?  What if you were afraid yet had to rely on your own personal courage?  We all have courage and the day my courage was tested is a day I will not soon forget.  Courage is … Continue reading

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PTSD Posttraumatic Stress Disorder

I drove to church this morning.  I did not get much sleep last night; my head was filled with thoughts of self-doubt about PTSD Awareness Adventure 2013. I don’t think I can do this again, leave the safety of my room … Continue reading

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Mississippi River PTSD Awareness Adventure 2013

    My name is Thomas Skinner.  I am a US Army veteran currently raising awareness about a very real wound called Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) with my service dog “Scrubs”.  I am reaching out to veterans and their families … Continue reading

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San Diego PTSD Service dog Presentation.

  On Wednesday I will be speaking at an event in San Diego. I will be giving demonstrations of what scrubs dose to help with PTSD.  Hope to see you.   2013 Behavioral Health Panel: Psychological Trauma and Its AftermathPsychological … Continue reading

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With A Little Help From My Friend

Today was probably one of the hardest days in my recovery with PTSD. I have not been riding my bicycle.  I have not been leaving the house.  Maybe three or four times in the last month.  My avoidance has gotten … Continue reading

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Understanding PTSD Fills a Void

Commentary: La Mesa UCC’s Welcome Home Ministries fills a void Written by Rev. Stephen Boyd September 17, 2012 Rev. Stephen Boyd with Tom Skinner and his service dog, Scrubs On Sept. 9, the United Church of Christ of La Mesa … Continue reading

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Understanding PTSD Awareness Adventure in Pictures

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National Center for PTSD Finish Line

Tom Skinner and PTSD Service dog Scrubs arrive at the National Center for PTSD Finish Line Tom Skinner and his service dog Scrubs bicycled 4012 miles from San Diego to The national Center for PTSD in Vermont to raise awareness … Continue reading

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