Principled Warrior Foundation
"A war on the outside is forever stuck inside my mind."

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         Howard retired as a Lieutenant Colonel after serving twenty-four years on active duty with the Army National Guard.  His motivation for founding Principled Warrior Foundation is his personal experience with mild Traumatic Brain Injury and Post Traumatic Stress. 

         Unknown to him during his second deployment to Afghanistan, Howard received several mild concussions while serving as a Senior Mentor on an Embedded Training Team advising and operating with an Afghan National Army Infantry Battalion.  When he returned home in 2007 he progressively declined physically and mentally, culminating in a Post Traumatic Stress revision of a combat action from 2006. He believes that his PTS revision occurred as the result of a prescription medication that had been prescribed to treat his headaches and designed to impact the corpus callosum (the pathway between the two hemispheres of the brain) trapping him in his right hemisphere.

         After eighteen months of therapy he has embarked on a mission to help others afflicted with Post Traumatic Stress and Brain Injury, as well as to change the culture within the military and society as a whole when it comes to mental health issues.  He is an advocate of reclassifying Post Traumatic Stress as an injury and believes that trauma whether physical or emotional causes an electro-chemical response in the brain designed to protect itself.  He also advocates the use of alternative treatment methodologies in order to reduce the reliance on drugs. 

         Howard has a Masters Degree in Organizational Dynamics from the University of Pennsylvania and  a Bachleor of Science Degree from Charter Oak State College.