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Veterans Ptsd

Changing Our Response to Behavioral Health

American Anthropological Association | Posted 08.19.2014 | 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 08.14.2014 | 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...

VA Cuts Highlight Need for National Strategy on Long-Term Care for Veterans

Steve Nardizzi | Posted 06.24.2014 | Impact
Steve Nardizzi

WWP is committed to caring for these wounded warriors because we don't want them to simply survive -- we want to see them thrive. The goal should be to empower these veterans to live as independently as possible.

Combat PTSD Stigma Made Worse by Fort Hood Shooting Media Coverage

Harry Croft, M.D | Posted 06.18.2014 | Healthy Living
Harry Croft, M.D

It is extremely challenging to get service members (and others) to get treatment for the symptoms of PTSD with the negative connotations people already heap atop mental illness, let alone with the insinuation that these people are somehow killers in waiting.

Obama, Veterans Chief Discuss Fort Hood, Mental Health Challenges

AP | JIM KUHNHENN | Posted 04.07.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House says President Barack Obama and the national commander of the Veterans of Foreign Wars have discussed the shooting...

Jan Diehm

This Map Shows The Deadly Aftermath Of War Right Here At Home

HuffingtonPost.com | Jan Diehm | Posted 04.17.2014 | Politics

Army Spc. Ivan Lopez, the veteran who fatally shot three people before taking his own life Wednesday at Fort Hood, Texas, is among a growing number of...

Response to Fort Hood -- a Bigger Picture

Stacy Bare | Posted 06.05.2014 | Impact
Stacy Bare

I believe, that regardless of diagnosis, all veterans need support in the transition from military life to veteran and civilian life and that this transition is not often an easy one.

Vets Respond To Fort Hood Shooting: Let's End The Stigma Around Mental Health Issues

The Huffington Post | Eleanor Goldberg | Posted 04.04.2014 | Impact

In the aftermath of Wednesday’s mass shooting at Fort Hood, veterans and mental health advocates stressed the importance of reducing the stigma arou...

Why 'Mentally-Ill Soldier' Reporting On Fort Hood Shooting Was Sloppy Journalism

Mark Joyella | Posted 06.03.2014 | Healthy Living
Mark Joyella

These kinds of subtle connections, floated out in headlines, ledes and in repeated questions to experts in endless cable news coverage, result in reinforcement of stigma and a lost opportunity to educate viewers and readers on what mental illness and PTSD really are.

War Vet: Military Violence Caused In Part By Recruiting From 'Predisposed Trauma Demographic'

HuffPost Live | Emily Tess Katz | Posted 04.03.2014 | HuffPost Live 321

In the wake of the Fort Hood shooting Wednesday, war veterans joined HuffPost Live to discuss the mental health issues, namely Post Traumatic Stress D...

Wisdom Does Not Always Follow Age

Zachary Bell | Posted 06.02.2014 | Impact
Zachary Bell

Imagine how Marines all over the country feel as they remember fighting for their lives and how they feel now, or try to imagine what it's like to come home and realize the memory of who you were is better than the reality of who you are.