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Veterans Ptsd

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.

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 12.29.2014 | 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.

Veteran Who Lost a Friend in Combat on Overcoming PTSD: "My Shame Was Being Alive" (VIDEO)

George Decker | Posted 08.27.2014 | Impact
George Decker

"I decided, if I am going to be alive and if Soto cannot be alive, then I'm going to have to do it for both of us. I'm going to have to live a long time, and I'm really going to have to make the most of it, the way Soto would have -- big."

The Forced Resignation of General Shinseki: Not a Veterans' Affair

Camilo E. Mejia | Posted 08.02.2014 | Politics
Camilo E. Mejia

Having sought medical care from the Miami Veterans Administration hospital for my PTSD, years after my return from the Iraq war, I know from personal experience how detrimental it can be for veterans to have to wait weeks, or months, for much-needed medical attention.

VA Mess a Team Effort -- Cleanup Must Be Too

Joseph Bobrow | Posted 07.23.2014 | Politics
Joseph Bobrow

We are what we make of the cards we are dealt; our response to trauma is key. Let's hold the VA responsible; if the facts warrant, let accountability happen swiftly. But let's not forget the big picture: it takes a village.

Veterans' Well-Being: Improving Veterans Access to Health Care

Robert Piper | Posted 07.14.2014 | Healthy Living
Robert Piper

I hope that one day a veteran can walk into any VA hospital or health care facility and be given options for any affliction that they're facing without being put on a waiting list. The government needs to help veterans get access to health care that they deserve.

How to Raise $50K+ for Vets and Heroes

Craig Newmark | Posted 07.12.2014 | Impact
Craig Newmark

Hey, we're launching the Veterans Charity Challenge 2 to raise money for good causes.

This Therapy Dog Helps Troops Deal With Post-Traumatic Stress

AP | LOLITA C. BALDOR | Posted 05.08.2014 | Good News

FORT BRAGG, N.C. (AP) — After three deployments to Iraq and three to Afghanistan, Staff Sgt. Dennis Swols is agitated, prone to bouts of anger and u...