Healing Combat Trauma Work

About Healing Combat Trauma:

“(Healing Combat Trauma is) Lily Casura’s very rich compendium — she has over 100 categories of information! — of books, article, commentaries, resources, other readings and information regarding military, veterans and their families. I am most impressed with Lily’s passion, dedication and abilities as an advocate for vets and their families.”Ray Scurfield, M.S.W., D.S.W., A.C.S.W., Professor Emeritus, University of Southern Mississippi, in “War Trauma Resources.”


Created HealingCombatTrauma.com, the first website of its kind, focused on therapeutic resources for veterans with combat-based PTSD. Over 950 articles, hundreds of recommended books, dozens of experts, etc. Subsequently built and administered a “fan page” on Facebook with approximately 5,000 members, and established a Twitter presence as well, with 1,200+ followers. Received several awards from Internet-wide competitions for being a best website about PTSD; frequently cited as a reference or resource on others.


Interviewed on TalkNowSA about PTSD, veterans and caregivers, with Kim Dayoc. (Audio/video file appears to be corrupted and unavailable.) July 31, 2014.

Interviewed on MilitaryCityUSA Radio. Sig Christenson, Military Reporter and Lily Casura, Journalist and Trauma Healing Advocate. May 17, 2014.

Led (solo) workshop at the University of Vermont for faculty, staff and administrators on “From Combat to Campus: Successful Reintegration Strategies for Returning Veterans.” March 28, 2014;

Interviewed on Vermont Public Radio. “Transitioning from the Battlefield to the Classroom.” March 27, 2014.

Submitted a chapter-long essay on “Live Warriors, Forgotten History: Veterans and Post-Traumatic Stress” for a forthcoming book on veterans and reintegration, “Exit Wounds: Life After War (Soldiers’ Stories),” by Jim Lommasson. February 27, 2014.

Interviewed on BlogTalkRadio, Family of a Vet, on “Averting Suicide with a Helping Hand: Learn How You Can Help.” Audio is linked here. September 24, 2013.

Published “Can a Helping Hand Avert a Veteran Suicide? I Believe It Can” in Military Times “Veterans Report” section. September 23, 2013.

Published “Can a Helping Hand Avert a Veteran Suicide? I Believe It Can” at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs’ website, “Vantage Point.” September 13, 2013.

Spoke at the MOAA “Warrior-Family Symposium 2013” in Washington, DC on “Innovative Mental Health Solutions.” September 12, 2013. Video linked here.

Published “Michelle Wilmot, the Desert Warrior, Practices Art as Combat Healing.” Adobe Airstream. April 23, 2013. (Arts / entertainment.)

Published “Honoring Their Service: In Tarrant County, Military Veterans Find a Strong Safety Net.” Fort Worth Weekly. April 3, 2013. (Cover story.)

Graduate of the Center for Mind-Body Medicine’s Advanced Training Program in mind-body medicine skills, in the “Healing the Troops” track, January, 2013.

Published an opinion piece, “Where are the male victims at Lackland?” in the San Antonio Express-News (January, 2013). (Within the next week, a handful of male victims had come forward.)

Author of a chapter on “Healing Combat Trauma” in “Healing War Trauma: A Handbook of Creative Approaches,” edited by Raymond Scurfield, MSW, and Col. Kathy Platoni, Psy.D. (Routledge). (November, 2012.)

Interviewed on “The Impact Report“ with Katherine Lanpher about military suicides, and whether President Obama should reverse his official policy of not sending condolence
letters to their families (he later did reverse it, and now does send them). (July, 2011.)

Published an opinion piece, “Farmers and veterans: Outstanding in their field.” in the Napa Valley Register. (November, 2010.)

Published an opinion piece, “Program helps veterans become farmers.” in the St. Helena Star. (November, 2010.)

Published an opinion piece, “Combat trauma afflicts women, men alike.” in the Napa Valley Register. (October, 2010.)

Participated in a workshop at the Center for Digital Storytelling in Berkeley, CA, where I made a short film called “A Veteran’s Healing Journey.” (September, 2010.)

Attended the Craiglist Foundation’s “Bootcamp for Nonprofits,” Berkeley, CA. (August, 2010.)

Spoke to the California Statewide Collaborative of Military and Their Families about “alternative/integrative healing modalities for combat operational stress/COS , PTS/ post traumatic stress disorder and MST/military sexual trauma.” Moffett Field NAS. (August, 2010.)

My Healing Combat Trauma work was highlighted by Craig Newmark in a blog post he wrote called “Healing Combat Trauma and the Brain at War” on June 26, 2010; also published in The Huffington Post and in the San Francisco Chronicle.

Published an opinion piece, ““On Memorial Day: Exposing Tough Truths to Prevent Invisible Casualties” (Military Sexual Trauma [MST] and/or PTSD) in Women’s Voices for Change. (May, 2010.)

Attended “The Brain at War: Neurocognitive Consequences of Combat,” in San Francisco, CA, June 17, 2010.

Graduate of the National Center for PTSD (VA)‘s week-long Clinical Training Program in Menlo Park, CA, May 17-21, 2010.

Participated in the Farmer-Veteran Coalition‘s Northern California Food and Farming Veteran Career Fair in Santa Rosa, CA, March 5, 2010.

Curated the “Art and War” series for Ovation television online. (2009.)

Published a commentary, “In Memory of Colleen Mussolino and Other Women Veterans Who Also Served and Suffered. Women’s Voices for Change. (October 12, 2009.)

Published straight news article, “Remembering 9/11: Two events serve to remind and educate on attack’s anniversary.” in the Napa Valley Register. (September, 2009.)

Attended Keith Armstrong’s presentation on PTSD at the Veterans Home of California at Yountville, Sept. 11, 2009.

Published opinion piece, “Combat veterans, families pay heavy price” in the St. Helena
. (July, 2009.)

Published opinion piece, ““Honoring the sacrifices of veterans still needs work” in The Weekly Calistogan. (June, 2009.)

Graduate of the Center for Mind-Body Medicine’s Advanced Training Program in the “Healing the Troops” track. (February, 2009.)

Published feature story/profile of Napa County’s Veterans Service Officer, Pat Jolly, “Advocating for Napa’s Veterans” in the Napa Valley Register. (November, 2008.)

Graduate of the Center for Mind-Body Medicine’s Professional Training Program (October, 2008.)

Started the HealingCombatTrauma.com website, the first of its kind, in February of 2006.


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