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Veterans: Coming Home | David Wood | Posted 12.02.2012 | Politics

Jamie Beavers is a clean-cut, 32-year-old Catholic from south Philly. As a kid, he shot hoops to avoid the neighborhood drug toughs. He became a high...

The Incredible Human Cost Of War

Posted 12.01.2012 | Politics

One in five veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars are diagnosed with post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) - about 300,000 veterans to date. The s...

One Humanitarian Crisis You Haven't Donated To

Lisa Cypers Kamen, MA | Posted 11.27.2012 | Impact
Lisa Cypers Kamen, MA

With so many of our warriors struggling daily to overcome this debilitating condition, veterans need our support more than ever. It's time to put politics aside and build a veterans aid movement from the ground level up.

Time to Pay the Price of War

Leila Levinson | Posted 11.21.2012 | Healthy Living
Leila Levinson

Help has been slow to come for members of our military and our veterans in crisis. Nearly 1 million veterans from various wars await a ruling from the Veterans Administration on their claims for disability.

PTSD -- The IED That Awaits War Veterans at Home

Lisa Cypers Kamen, MA | Posted 11.19.2012 | Impact
Lisa Cypers Kamen, MA

Just as an IED destroys everything within a few miles' radius, PTSD affects all aspects of a veteran's life, often taking family and friends as extended casualties of this silent, invisible war.

Stopping the Surge of Military Suicides: How to Win This Preventable War

Susan Blumenthal, M.D. | Posted 08.21.2013 | Healthy Living
Susan Blumenthal, M.D.

This week's release of a National Strategy for Suicide Prevention is an important step forward, but we must now invest the resources, develop innovative partnerships, and take the actions necessary across all sectors of society to prevent this silent wound of war and tragic loss of life among America's service men and women.

In Their Debt: A Reminder of Our Duty to Vets

Lorin M. Fife | Posted 11.13.2012 | Los Angeles
Lorin M. Fife

Let us show that our heroes will be cared for, venerated and provided the critical services that enable them to lead fulfilling, productive lives outside the military.

Psychological Wounds Take Toll on Post-9/11 Veterans

Barbara Van Dahlen, Ph.D. | Posted 11.12.2012 | Impact
Barbara Van Dahlen, Ph.D.

Many of those who have served on behalf of our nation will need our help as they transition home to our communities. The mental health providers who work with service members and veterans across the country every day hear it firsthand.

The Elephant in the Room

Margaret Stone | Posted 11.10.2012 | Healthy Living
Margaret Stone

We must embrace those in need. Our military troops and veterans suffer in painful numbers from addiction and trauma. They, along with anyone else suffering from these illnesses, need a soft landing. They need to know that coming forward leads not toward disaster, but toward freedom.

Dryhootch Makes a Difference

Doug Bradley | Posted 10.28.2012 | Impact
Doug Bradley

How much strength is there in a normal cup of coffee? Well, if you're a veteran and you stop by for a cup at the Dryhootch in Madison, Wisconsin, it could turn out to be the strongest cup of coffee you've ever had.

Are We Too Shallow About Drugs to Truly Help Vets With PTSD?

Kevin Bell | Posted 10.28.2012 | Impact
Kevin Bell

2012-08-27-scblog.pngOur society's often puerile reaction to discussions about drugs and depression must change if we are going to see any permanent improvements in mental health treatment take root in the at-risk veteran population.

Who Are We? And What I Would Want a Civilian Counselor to Know

Jose E. Coll, Ph.D. | Posted 10.27.2012 | Impact
Jose E. Coll, Ph.D.

It is important for practitioners working with veterans to recognize the various conflicts or wars in which our veterans have served, to comprehend the historical, social, political, and cultural implications of military service, as veterans are not "a one size fits all."

Time for Plain Talk About Rising Rates of Suicide in the Military

Shad Meshad | Posted 10.21.2012 | Impact
Shad Meshad

The emotional wounds of war don't heal with drugs. Isn't it time we tried something else? And if so, what's out there for us to use to heal our warriors? The simplest answer might surprise you.

Celebrate Veterans' Success

Steve Peck | Posted 10.21.2012 | Impact
Steve Peck

It isn't solely the responsibility of the government to provide for returning veterans, however. Our veterans need jobs. Business owners and corporations need to reach out and hire unemployed vets.

How Trauma Is Impacting Our Culture And What We Can Do To Help

Lisa Firestone | Posted 10.06.2012 | Healthy Living
Lisa Firestone

It's important for people who suffer with trauma to get the treatment that's appropriate to their unique experiences and that is sensitive to the specific symptoms they are struggling with at the moment.

A Veteran With PTSD Gets Help From Homeopathy

Larry Malerba, D.O. | Posted 09.18.2012 | Healthy Living
Larry Malerba, D.O.

When combined with proper medical management, emotional support, and spiritual counseling, a well-chosen homeopathic medicine that resonates with the energetic imprint of an individual's symptom pattern can relieve a great deal of the suffering associated with PTSD.

Veterans' Health: Beyond PTSD and Traumatic Brain Injury

Margaret Stone | Posted 09.15.2012 | Healthy Living
Margaret Stone

Countless veterans have suffered for decades with PTSD, pain and addiction, afraid to ask for help. Whether they served in Vietnam, Desert Storm or Iraq, these veterans need compassion and comprehensive treatment for these serious wounds.

David Daugherty: A Matter of Heart

Mark Cubbege | Posted 09.10.2012 | Impact
Mark Cubbege

Long before David was officially diagnosed with PTSD, the veteran of both the Army National Guard and the Air Force experienced anger, hyper-vigilance, withdrawal and a compulsion to seek solace in alcohol.

WATCH: Seeking Forgiveness And Healing In Vietnam

Stephen Olsson | Posted 07.17.2012 | Religion

As I entered the busy hotel lobby in Ho Chi Minh City, I had a strange feeling that I was looking for a group of people I had never met, but somehow,...


AP | MARTHA IRVINE | Posted 09.07.2012 | Los Angeles

GLENDALE, Calif. -- Don't call Iraq War vet Jason Moon a hero. Don't phone him on Memorial Day or July 4th or Veterans Day to say thank you. Instead,...

Your Veteran and the Fireworks Problem

Bob Geiger | Posted 09.02.2012 | Politics
Bob Geiger

For the first few years after being discharged from the military, many veterans who have experienced combat have a difficult time on July 4th or any occasion accompanied by fireworks.

Help Our Veterans Keep Their Independence

Christopher J. Flynn | Posted 09.02.2012 | Impact
Christopher J. Flynn

As a country, we need to work together to find ways to help our veterans in their hours of need. It's not necessarily just financial assistance. There is also a role for every American.

Mad, Bad, Sad: What’s Really Happened to America’s Soldiers

Nan Levinson | Posted 08.28.2012 | Politics
Nan Levinson

Victim is one of the two roles we allow our soldiers and veterans (the other is, of course, hero), but most don't have PTSD, and this isn't one of those stories.

San Diego's War on Veterans: A PTSD Controversy

Lisa Nagorny | Posted 08.26.2012 | Impact
Lisa Nagorny

It is easy to voice support for veterans; it's more difficult to act in support of them. The Aspire Center controversy is an unfortunate example of the widespread misperception of veterans.

Veterans, Trauma and Yoga: Are We Moving Quickly Enough?

Rob Schware | Posted 08.22.2012 | Healthy Living
Rob Schware

Yoga is being offered in some VA medical centers to help address unmet mental health needs. In fact, a recent study found that nearly 30 percent of Specialized PTSD Treatment Programs offer yoga as a treatment option. But is this enough? Are we moving fast enough?