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Veteran Health

The Cost of ALS Is Killing Us, and Our Vets

Jay Smith | Posted 11.19.2016 | Politics
Jay Smith

ALS is a very expensive disease, costing patients an estimated $300,000 a year. The average life expectancy for someone with ALS is 18 months. We wouldn't leave a soldier with a battle wound sitting around waiting to see a doctor for 16 months. So why are we now?

Innovative Online Mental Health Solution Changing the Game

Dustin DeMoss | Posted 10.07.2016 | Healthy Living
Dustin DeMoss

Mental health treatment in the United States has reached a particularly distressing state of neglect, and it seems like there are new articles every d...

'American Sniper': Love Our Soldiers, Even If You Hate Our Wars

Michael Friedman, Ph.D. | Posted 03.23.2015 | Impact
Michael Friedman, Ph.D.

War takes a horrific physical and emotional toll on our soldiers and their families, and we are currently not providing them adequate care and support. We must unite around our commitment and honor their service by adequately addressing their health and well-being.

Amid Scandal Surrounding VA, Day-to-Day Struggles of Veterans Seeking Health Care Overshadowed

Christina Gagnier | Posted 09.09.2014 | Politics
Christina Gagnier

Only a daily basis, veterans assuming they are going to see tenured doctors are met with nurse practitioners due to the turnover at the VA. The VA is simply not able to compete with the private sector to attract doctors and has been forced to use its existing resource of nurse practitioners to provide care to veterans.

Insider Attacks, American-Style

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 06.17.2014 | Politics
Tom Engelhardt

Despite much official talk about dealing with the mental health of military men, women, and veterans, the military itself remains open to yet more insider attacks. After almost 13 years of failed wars in distant lands, think of us as living in Ameraqafghanica.

How America's Wars Came Home With the Troops

Ann Jones | Posted 06.17.2014 | Politics
Ann Jones

Ivan Lopez's killings at Fort Hood, while on a scale not often matched, are one more marker on a bloody trail of death that leads from Iraq and Afghanistan into the American heartland, to bases and backyards nationwide.

Prescription to Die: How Medications May Be Killing Veterans Faster Than Suicide

B. Christopher Frueh | Posted 02.13.2013 | Impact
B. Christopher Frueh

PTSD, domestic violence and alcohol abuse are problems that have been widely chronicled among returning veterans of our recent wars. Often left out of the discussion, however, is the terrible toll that prescription medications -- namely, opioid painkillers -- take on veterans' lives.

The Military's Stigma Over Medical Care

Thomas Brennan | Posted 10.09.2012 | Impact
Thomas Brennan

I had to make a choice between my career and my health, and I chose the latter. It was the toughest decision I ever made.

Bringing Vets Back Inside the Wire (UPDATE)

Steve Peck | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Steve Peck

UPDATE: This post incorrectly reported that Joseph Perez-Marchese suffered from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. U.S.VETS has no knowledge that Mr. Per...

They Also Serve: Caregivers Of Veterans Keep Our Nation Strong

Christopher J. Flynn | Posted 07.11.2012 | Impact
Christopher J. Flynn

Caregivers are a forgotten branch of our military. They tend to the mental and physical wounds of those who return from war, helping them get the benefits they deserve and bridging the gap between what doctors and nurses can give and what veterans need.

Why So Many Veterans Are Struggling To Get Health Care (VIDEO)

The Huffington Post | Alana Elias Kornfeld and Hunter Stuart | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

In this year's State of the Union address, President Obama said that "veterans can now download their electronic medical records with the click of a m...

Ryan Grim

Senators Engage In Bipartisan Civil Disobedience, Refuse To Halt Hearing | Ryan Grim | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Jim Webb and Lindsey Graham had an unorthodox answer to a Republican parliamentary maneuver that blocked committees from meeting on Wednesday: Biparti...

Honoring Our Nation's Veterans

Joseph A. Violante | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Joseph A. Violante

One way to honor our veterans is to ensure they receive the care they were promised and deserve by enacting legislation to reform the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) health care funding system.

David Schultz, DC Reporter, Harassed By Veteran Affairs Official

Huffington Post | Stuart Whatley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

UPDATE 11:45pm The AP is reporting that the Veterans Affairs Department has agreed, following protests from various journalism groups, to return the ...

Iraq Soldier's Mother Talks About Son's Suicide (VIDEO)

American News Project | Garland McLaurin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

A Veterans Affairs emailed leaked to the public reported that an estimated 1,000 suicides attempts per month were being reported at VA medical facilit...