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Veterans Ptsd

Tragedy or Pittance?

Jonathan Freeman | Posted 12.15.2014 | Politics
Jonathan Freeman

There is currently legislation in the Senate, known as the Clay Hunt SAV Act named for a Veteran lost to suicide. The cost is minimal, a drop in the bucket compared to the $1.1 trillion spending bill recently passed. But it's currently being held up by one man.

Calm Body, Kind Mind: Serving Veterans Through Yoga

Rob Schware | Posted 11.12.2014 | Impact
Rob Schware

Simple moments hit me the hardest: a couple of weeks ago a vet told me that he noticed it's easier for him to tie his shoes. It's something most people take for granted, but it makes his day just a little bit easier. That's huge.

This Retired Army Vet Living With PTSD Is Helping Prevent Military Suicides

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 11.12.2014 | Impact

James Van Thatch understands why the violence of war can leave lasting effects. The retired U.S. Army captain survived an improvised explosive dev...

Beyond Iraq And Afghanistan: Fighting The Stereotype War

Adam Hanft | Posted 11.11.2014 | Politics
Adam Hanft

Indeed, the media knows that the story of vets-gone-bad is irresistible to the public - and irresistibility in media terms means profit. But every story about one vet makes it harder for a thousand others to get hired.

Breathing Meditation Is a Powerful Ally for Veterans With PTSD

Rose Caiola | Posted 11.11.2014 | Healthy Living
Rose Caiola

As we celebrate Veterans Day, let's support more research and programs like these that help our veterans.

Some Veterans Need Help -- That's Our Job

David Wood | Posted 11.11.2014 | Politics
David Wood

It's been five years since Jacob Sexton, a soldier with the Indiana National Guard, came home with nightmares after two combat deployments, and on a Monday evening in a movie theater with family and friends, killed himself with a pistol shot. He was 21-years-old. The story is horrifying, and sadly familiar. On this day, we pause to honor the 21.9 million living Americans who have served in uniform. We might also remember the estimated 8,000 veterans and 475 active duty, reserve and National Guard men and women who took their own lives last year in the ongoing tragedy of military and veteran suicide. Jacob's death, like the others, could have been prevented.

What Veterans Remember

Mark E. Prior | Posted 11.10.2014 | Impact
Mark E. Prior

On a day marked to honor our veterans and to commemorate the sacrifices made by these great men and women, we need to take a moment to give voice to those who still live in the shadows of war.

PTSD: A Marine Corps Veteran's Battle and Victory

Thai Nguyen | Posted 11.11.2014 | Healthy Living
Thai Nguyen

While "war life" and "civilian life" could not be farther apart on the spectrum, our internal emotional and psychological compasses are the same. Realizing that, allowed Akshay to open up the door for compassion and empathy.

Former Soldier Turned Zen Monk Teaches Vets to Use Mindfulness as Body Armor

Daisy J Lin | Posted 11.10.2014 | Healthy Living
Daisy J Lin

You have to change. If you don't change, you're going to die. That is the chilling realization that prompted Gulf War Veteran Michael Nguyen to turn to mindfulness practice to save his life when PTSD was running it into the ground.

Study: Americans View Vets As Unstable Big, Strong Heroes

The Huffington Post | Eleanor Goldberg | Posted 11.09.2014 | Impact

Americans are pretty confused about their feelings on veterans who have served in Iraq and Afghanistan. Many view these vets as at once mentally u...

In Support of the Arts as Conduit for Extreme Expression and Catharsis

Kimann Schultz | Posted 10.30.2014 | Arts
Kimann Schultz

By providing arts-based avenues and outlets for extreme expression and rejecting the blanket, agenda-driven censorship of demagogues, we will provide alternate means by which to externalize the darkest inner storms of emotion and pain.

The Power of Digital Video to Help Our Veterans Heal: Project Greenlight's "The Present Trauma"

Ben Patton | Posted 12.23.2014 | Impact
Ben Patton

I recently saw "The Present Trauma," an intense short film that depicts the struggles of a young combat veteran coping with the loss of a battle buddy...

Footprints in the Sand

David Wood | Posted 12.23.2014 | Politics
David Wood

The VA's shortage of therapists and difficulty reaching rural veterans means even those diagnosed may not get all the help they need. But even those who were diagnosed and treated find that at some point, therapy has done all it can do. More sessions won't necessarily help. From that point on, veterans say, their lives become a matter of coping.

The Clever Way This Man Is Getting Bros Into Yoga

The Huffington Post | Landess Kearns | Posted 11.04.2014 | Healthy Living

Walk into any yoga studio and chances are the majority of students will be female. But it doesn't have to be this way! After all, the numerous benefit...

The National Center for PTSD Celebrates 25 Years of Leadership in Research and Education

Paula Schnurr | Posted 11.18.2014 | Impact
Paula Schnurr

We are probably only at the beginning stages of figuring out how to use technology and social media to help individuals with PTSD. The stage of basic and clinical science is further developed, but even in those areas, there is much more to learn.

Changing Our Response to Behavioral Health

American Anthropological Association | Posted 10.19.2014 | Impact
American Anthropological Association

Robin Williams's death has saddened and shocked many of us, and as the many displays of mourning through social media indicate, Williams's death has deeply touched so many and brought to the fore much needed conversations about mental illness.

Trauma of War, Illusion of Growth

Wray Herbert | Posted 10.14.2014 | Science
Wray Herbert

Is self-perceived growth really adaptive and beneficial? Or is self-perceived growth in fact illusory and self-deceptive, an avoidance strategy that in the end impedes recovery and makes PTSD worse?

Veteran Coping With PTSD Paddles Mississippi River To Raise Awareness

AP | GERALD HERBERT | Posted 08.08.2014 | Good News

VENICE, La. (AP) — Two tours in Afghanistan took a toll on Joshua Ploetz. The former Marine was injured in a roadside bomb. He lost friends in co...

Michelle Obama: The Fact That Over 58,000 Vets Are Homeless Should 'Horrify' Us

Associated Press | Posted 07.31.2014 | Impact

WASHINGTON (AP) — First lady Michelle Obama says the statistic that the U.S. has more than 58,000 homeless veterans is "a stain on the soul of this ...

Watch Cop Ticket Homeless Fellow Veteran, Salute Him With 'Always Faithful' Motto

The Huffington Post | Eleanor Goldberg | Posted 07.29.2014 | Impact

A homeless veteran with post-traumatic stress disorder who was ticketed for sleeping in his van hopes that, at the very least, his ordeal will set a n...

Bombs Bursting in Air

Randi Miller | Posted 09.05.2014 | DC
Randi Miller

More pets go missing on the 4th of July than any other day of the year. And as I sit in my house every Independence Day night with the volume turned ...

Millions of Soldiers and Veterans in Trouble

Bill Quigley | Posted 09.06.2014 | Politics
Bill Quigley

Despite the July 4 tributes, millions of US soldiers and veterans are in serious trouble. Twenty two veterans kill themselves every day according to the Veterans Administration. A study by the Los Angeles Times found veterans are more than twice as likely as other civilians to commit suicide.

Iraq: What They Died For

Peter Van Buren | Posted 09.02.2014 | Politics
Peter Van Buren

A longer occupation, more troops, air strikes or anything else won't bring PFC Hutson back. He -- we -- will never know what he died for, but we can say with certainty what he did not die for. He did not die for freedom, he did not die for WMDs, he did not die for a politician's re-election.

WATCH: Montel Williams Demands Support For Veterans

The Huffington Post | Jessica Dickerson | Posted 07.02.2014 | Black Voices

Montel Williams may no longer host his own talk show, but he’s not keeping quiet, especially amidst the political turmoil and scandal surrounding Am...

This Veteran's Story Shows the Healing Power of Having a Service Dog

Nick Bennett | Posted 08.27.2014 | Impact
Nick Bennett

Because of my PTSD, I couldn't leave the house without the constant fear that someone was going to kill me. I figured my life was over as I knew it. I was wrong.