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Veterans Ptsd

A Very Human Generation

Robert Slayton | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Robert Slayton

Countless sources have portrayed the World War II generation of vets as tough cookies, who transitioned to civilian life with ease. Tom Brokaw's The ...

Sleep Problems for Soldiers and Vets

Dr. Michael J. Breus | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Dr. Michael J. Breus

The frequency of sleep problems including insomnia and other forms of disordered sleep among military personnel is alarming and strongly suggests the need for more attention directed at treatment and prevention.

Grateful for Jay on Veteran's Day

Adia Colar | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Adia Colar

He hasn't called yet and I don't know if he will, but even if he doesn't, it's really okay. The important thing is that he's doing better. I know he's doing better -- it was unmistakable. For the first time in years, I won't be mournfully remembering him.

Honoring and Supporting Vets Beyond Veteran's Day: One Marine's Journey

Cari E. Guittard | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Cari E. Guittard

With this one tireless Marine leading the charge and now shifting the focus of the effort to addressing the alarming rise in PTSD, this Veteran's Day I wanted to sit down with Captain Bunch and ask him to reflect on the lessons learned and where OOA goes from here.

Three Ways Modern Technology Increases the Likelihood of PTSD Among Veterans

Andrew Smiler | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Andrew Smiler

In a culture where being a worker, earning your keep, and providing for your family are highly valued and taking time to sit and reflect is seen as an indulgence, we've deprived our returning veterans of something they very much need: time to wind down and return to the thing we call normal.

Combat Veterans May Have the Antidote to What Ails Us

Peter Yeomans | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Peter Yeomans

Many men and women are suffering from severe psychiatric diagnoses that are a result of their service. Yet, to only see this as psychopathology is to overlook the depth of character and clarity of values that can emerge from life altering experiences.

Suzanne Manafort: Bringing Mindful Yoga Therapy to Veterans

Rob Schware | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Rob Schware

My definition of yoga is more about the way I live my life now than what I do on my mat. I try to live my life as my practice.

We Bleed Too: Tony Bush, PTSD and the Discharge Status of Vietnam Veterans

K.J. Wetherholt | Posted 11.04.2013 | Politics
K.J. Wetherholt

Despite the U.S. government having traditionally subjugated, marginalized, and even committed genocide against the Lakota, members of the Oglala nation have served in every branch of the service both before and since the Snyder Act (1924) and the Nationality Act of 1940 made Native Americans legal U.S. Citizens.

It's Time to Move Beyond the Clichés

Brigadier General (Ret) Stephen N. Xenakis, M.D. | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Brigadier General (Ret) Stephen N. Xenakis, M.D.

These men and women deserve treatment now when they need it. It is available if the government and medical professions commit to smartly managing the risk and benefit of promising treatments.

The Courage to Surrender: How Yoga Supports Veterans in the Return Home

Rob Schware | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Rob Schware

This is an interview with Lilly Bechtel, who has been volunteering in correctional facilities since 2005. In 2010, Lilly became certified in a trauma-...

Pets for Vets Helps Veterans & Dogs Rescue Each Other

Lisa Rogak | Posted 01.23.2014 | Green
Lisa Rogak

After the dog is rescued, a professional animal trainer works with the dog in order to become the perfect companion to a veteran who needs a friend and in some cases, a reason to get out of bed in the morning.

Recognizing the 'Silent Killer' of the Military: PTSD

Harry Croft, M.D | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Harry Croft, M.D

Combat-related traumatic stress disorder is the "silent killer" of the military. The good news is that veterans can take control of PTSD with the right help.

If We Build It, Warriors Will Come

Jeni McKenna | Posted 11.27.2013 | Impact
Jeni McKenna

It was a remarkable transformation to witness, and I have had the pleasure of seeing this kind of magic happen again and again because of Jake and the work he has done tirelessly, with much help, for the next group of returning Veterans who come and give us what is literally a last chance at saving their lives, in Malibu.

Healing The Hidden Wounds of War: Treating The Combat Veteran With PTSD at Risk For Suicide

Herbert Hendin | Posted 11.18.2013 | Impact
Herbert Hendin

Veterans with severe guilt over their combat experiences are likely to have punitive nightmares and are at highest risk for suicide. Understanding the subjective, perceptive experience of combat to the veteran is a crucial step to success in treating these veterans.

Veterans, Suicide Prevention + Our Nation's Call of Duty

Lisa Cypers Kamen, MA | Posted 11.13.2013 | Impact
Lisa Cypers Kamen, MA

How do we prevent these suicides? With more of our courageous warriors dying by their own hand than on the battlefield, it's obvious that our current approach isn't working.

To Those That Have Borne the Battle

Jane Horton | Posted 11.12.2013 | Politics
Jane Horton

Too many of you will have to spend the rest of your life trying to wade your way through a normalcy that will always be anything but normal to a soldier who has experienced war. My heart is for you. All of you.

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.

Coming Home from War Is Hell: Preventing Veteran Suicides

Rita Nakashima Brock, Ph. D. | Posted 11.06.2013 | Impact
Rita Nakashima Brock, Ph. D.

It is a responsibility of our whole society, especially of communities where veterans live and work. Yet, as many veterans attest, their struggle to come home after war is aggravated by civilians because we are largely clueless about what is truly required to bring people all the way home.

It's Okay To Change: Mental Health Stigma, Mental Health Care and Suicide Prevention Among Military Personnel and Veterans

Dr.Craig J. Bryan | Posted 11.02.2013 | Impact
Dr.Craig J. Bryan

The good news is that we have very effective treatments for the full range of psychological injuries that lead to suicide. The bad news is that very few service members or veterans will receive them.

David Wood

'I Wasn't The Same Guy, And I Didn't Understand It'

HuffingtonPost.com | David Wood | Posted 09.02.2014 | Impact

DURHAM, N.C. -- A story Mike McMichael's grandma told him when he was young probably saved his life. But that was years after he had grown up to be a ...

Diner Says 'Sorry' For Cursing, Kicking Out Vet Using Service Dog

AP | Posted 08.28.2013 | Impact

OXFORD, Mass. -- A diner-owner has apologized for throwing out a military veteran because he brought in his service dog. Russell Ireland, owner of Bi...

J. D. & Me

Doug Bradley | Posted 10.26.2013 | Fifty
Doug Bradley

We all have our own Catcher in the Rye stories, personal testimonies on how the book and its flippant narrator spoke to us, personally and intimately, about "phoniness" and lies and the importance of loyalty.

Same Old Same Old: The Return from War. Time for Us to Get It Right.

Shad Meshad | Posted 10.23.2013 | Impact
Shad Meshad

Be willing to listen to a vet unravel his experience both in service and in the transition. The most powerful "welcome home" is person-to-person, whether it's in words or deeds. That's grassroots.

Veteran Sues KFC For Denying Service Dog Entrance

The Huffington Post | Amanda Scherker | Posted 08.22.2013 | New York

"Papi, there are no dogs allowed," probably isn't the best way to greet a customer who walks into your restaurant, particularly if the customer is 201...

Lest We Forget

Gregory C. Scott | Posted 10.05.2013 | Impact
Gregory C. Scott

We won't let any of our veterans be forgotten warriors. We must make sure that current and future generations understand the sacrifices these heroes made on foreign soil.