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Veterans Ptsd

Veteran With PTSD: My Service Dog Saved My Life

The Huffington Post | Kate Bratskeir | Posted 06.28.2015 | Healthy Living

Morgan Watt is a former Air Force working dog handler who specialized in explosive detection. Though he's been out of the military for almost 20 years...

Nick Wing

Veterans Can Get All Of These Drugs To Treat PTSD, But Not Weed

HuffingtonPost.com | Nick Wing | Posted 06.23.2015 | Politics

Around the nation, thousands of veterans and active-duty military personnel are waging their own personal battles against post-traumatic stress disord...

Father's Day and America's Veterans

Richard Taite | Posted 06.14.2015 | Impact
Richard Taite

This Father's Day, if you need substance abuse or mental health assistance, ask for it, especially if you are a veteran. Your family needs you and most likely, they love you.

Operation Purple and Living With PTSD

Danielle Campoamor | Posted 06.04.2015 | Healthy Living
Danielle Campoamor

We thank them publicly and declare holidays in their honor, yet we refuse to try to understand their needs and, therefore, perpetuate a never-ending cycle of fear and stigma. We express our gratitude from a distance, leaving them feeling as broken as we believe them to be.

Horses Helped This Vet With PTSD After No One Else Could

Tim Hayes | Posted 05.27.2015 | Politics
Tim Hayes

The natural ability of a horse to accept, without judgment, anyone, including a soldier who had seen or done horrific things and, by so doing, express compassion and benevolent acknowledgement was another extraordinary gift that horses were capable of giving to humans.

How Wild Horses Made Prison Inmates Realize Something Transformative About Themselves

Tim Hayes | Posted 05.20.2015 | Politics
Tim Hayes

One of my first experiences in witnessing the amazing dynamic that is possible in the interaction between horses and humans occurred at a maximum-security prison in Florence Colorado. It was here that I was introduced to The Wild Horse Inmate Program or WHIP.

Veterans Continue to Serve After Military Service

Barbara Mujica | Posted 05.20.2015 | Politics
Barbara Mujica

Think today's veterans are mostly suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder and barely making ends meet? According to a recent report by Got Your Six, just the opposite is true--today's veterans tend to be engaged citizens, more likely to volunteer and vote than the general population.

Mental Health Monitoring Goes Mobile

XPRIZE | Posted 05.15.2015 | GPS for the Soul
XPRIZE

Ginger.io provides a way to get ahead of issues before they escalate, and it can alert your doctor to things you might forget to mention or think are irrelevant.

Yoga Bodies: Rejecting Society's Idealized Images

V.K. Harber | Posted 06.10.2015 | Women
V.K. Harber

The more I taught and practiced, the more I realized that society's perception of the average yogi is not at all accurate. There are thousands of dedicated practitioners with bum knees and c-section scars and flabby arms and imperfect skin.

After American Sniper: Reimaging Returning Home

Zachary Moon | Posted 05.24.2015 | Religion
Zachary Moon

When we see people as heroes, we don't leave enough space for them to struggle as all people do at times in their lives. When we see people as head-cases, we don't leave enough space for them to demonstrate their strengths, courage, and creativity.

Why Are We Denying Purple Hearts to Veterans With PTSD?

Gene Beresin | Posted 05.03.2015 | Politics
Gene Beresin

With our increased knowledge of trauma and its impact on our veterans' brains, minds and emotions, how can we sit on the sidelines and not at least honor their sacrifice?

Veterans Express Their True Selves Beyond The Uniform In Stunning Photo Series

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 05.19.2015 | Impact

Updated on May 19, 2015; 11:55 a.m. EDT. A new photo series is casting clichés aside by portraying veterans as nothing but their truest selves. ...

Sunset ~ Sunrise

Janine Francolini | Posted 04.27.2015 | Media
Janine Francolini

I was very contemplative on my recent flight home from Colorado, traveling back from a week with my Mom as we try to manage some challenges that often go along with a vibrant life that is in it's eighth decade.

How Mindfulness Could Transform Pre-Deployment For Active-Duty Soldiers

The Huffington Post | Carolyn Gregoire | Posted 02.18.2015 | Science

Mindfulness has become recognized as a promising mental health intervention for soldiers returning home from war. But it may also be a vital tool for ...

Ordinary People, Extraordinary Power -- The Energy of a United Community

Krishna Pendyala | Posted 04.15.2015 | Good News
Krishna Pendyala

It feels so much like déjà vu as I reminisce the devotion of a group of everyday people from Wichita, KS. Approximately 28 years ago, a similar gr...

Obama Administration Delays Deadline To End Chronic Homelessness Because Of Budget Constraints

Associated Press | Posted 02.04.2015 | Impact

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Obama administration said Monday it has pushed back by one year its goal for ending chronic homelessness among the general publ...

Tragedy or Pittance?

Jonathan Freeman | Posted 02.14.2015 | 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 01.11.2015 | 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 01.26.2015 | Impact

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

Beyond Iraq And Afghanistan: Fighting The Stereotype War

Adam Hanft | Posted 01.11.2015 | 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 01.11.2015 | 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 01.11.2015 | 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 01.10.2015 | 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 01.10.2015 | 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 01.10.2015 | 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.