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Veteran Mental Health

Prince Harry And FLOTUS Are The Mental Health Heroes Of Our Dreams

The Huffington Post | Lindsay Holmes | Posted 05.09.2016 | Healthy Living

Talk about an inspiring duo. In an interview for "Good Morning America," Prince Harry and First Lady Michelle Obama stressed the importance of seeking...

Straight Talk on Veteran Suicide

Joseph Bobrow | Posted 09.20.2016 | Impact
Joseph Bobrow

I want to focus on one troubling truism that research has unfortunately made quasi-axiomatic: It's not the deployments -- their intensity, their frequency, or their number -- that contribute to the epidemic of military suicide.

We Can Prevent Veteran Suicides

Rita Nakashima Brock, Ph. D. | Posted 09.16.2016 | Religion
Rita Nakashima Brock, Ph. D.

Janci, an Iraq war veteran, swallowed a fistful of pills and a bottle of wine. She called a friend and asked him to take care of her young daughter, who was in school. She locked all the doors and windows and waited for the mercy of death to free her from the ghosts that haunted her.

President Obama's Plan to Address Our Nation's Urgent Mental Health Needs

Pamela Hyde | Posted 04.14.2015 | Healthy Living
Pamela Hyde

The president has taken important steps to increase the capacity of the mental health system in the U.S. With the support of Congress, SAMHSA can build on its leadership and success to help all Americans -- including those with SMI -- lead healthy, full, and productive lives in their communities.

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.

Jan Diehm

This Map Shows The Deadly Aftermath Of War Right Here At Home | Jan Diehm | Posted 04.17.2014 | Politics

Army Spc. Ivan Lopez, the veteran who fatally shot three people before taking his own life Wednesday at Fort Hood, Texas, is among a growing number of...

In Military Families, Caregivers Need Help

Rosalynn Carter | Posted 05.31.2014 | Impact
Rosalynn Carter

While governmental and community organizations offer many programs for the returning service members and veterans, those caring for them receive little help.

The True Cost of Blind Patriotism: Despair and Veteran Suicide

William McNulty | Posted 03.15.2014 | Impact
William McNulty

Today, PTSD is better understood and treated than it has ever been. Why, then, is suicide so much more prevalent in young men and women who have served in Iraq and Afghanistan when compared with the general population?

Molly O'Toole

When Your Job In War Is To Save Soldiers' Lives, You Never Really Come Home | Molly O'Toole | Posted 09.22.2013 | Impact

This article is part of a special Huffington Post series, "Invisible Casualties," in which we spotlight suicide-prevention efforts within the military...

Some Thoughts on Suicide Prevention

Shad Meshad | Posted 11.12.2013 | Impact
Shad Meshad

We've asked these men and women not only to put themselves in harm's way, but to open their most private, vulnerable selves to actions and images that scar. No wonder the transition back is so difficult for many of them. Try to imagine the disconnect.

Mission: Leap of Faith

Dr. Maryrose Gerardi | Posted 11.10.2013 | Impact
Dr. Maryrose Gerardi

His brother has also told him that he's not the same guy he was before his deployments, and has expressed concern about how much alcohol he drinks. He is embarrassed about the low-wage job he has had to take, yet also fears losing it, because he knows his style and reactions make people uncomfortable.

Why You Should Show Our Female Vets Some Love

Lisa Cypers Kamen, MA | Posted 04.17.2013 | Impact
Lisa Cypers Kamen, MA

In February, we're told that our minds should revolve around foil-wrapped chocolates, bouquets of flowers and celebrating how much our loved ones mean to us. But we should also remember the military women struggling to return to their civilian lives as mothers, wives and friends.

WATCH: Veteran: I Was Discouraged From Getting Mental Health Treatment

The Huffington Post | Lindsay Wilkes-Edrington | Posted 01.14.2013 | HuffPost Live 321

Military suicides reached a record high last year, prompting some members of Congress to demand more needs to be done to ensure active-duty troops and...

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...

Quiet in the Midst of Trauma

Joseph Bobrow | Posted 03.24.2012 | Impact
Joseph Bobrow

The purpose of meditation is not to stop our thinking but to create conditions for rest and peace and understanding by cultivating our attention.